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Match Report

Freo finish strong over Blues

By afl.com.au Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network August 12, 2018 2:45 PM

Lachie Neale twists, turns and goals with a superb banana.

Lachie Neale twists, turns and goals with a superb banana

Fremantle ended a tumultuous week by overrunning Carlton by 29 points at Optus Stadium on Sunday. 

But the Dockers' victory was dampened by a likely season-ending left hamstring strain suffered by star Michael Walters late in the 15.11 (101) to 10.12 (72) triumph – which saw Ross Lyon's outfit equal last year's eight wins. 

Questions hung over the Dockers' ability to refocus in the wake of young gun Andrew Brayshaw's horrific injuries in the Western Derby, while the Blues simply had to rebound after losing to GWS by 105 points last round.

In the end, both teams could take something away from Optus Stadium.

After a slow start, the Dockers would've been pleased they fought back after trailing the plucky Blues by 19 points in the second term, and topped 100 points for the fourth time this season.

Gun midfielder Lachie Neale (34, 10 clearances) continued his stellar campaign to guide Freo home, with typically-reliable support from evergreen veteran David Mundy (28, one goal) and hard-running wingman Ed Langdon (31, one goal). 

Having spent time in the WAFL this year, Cam McCarthy was lively with three majors in his best display for 2018, and Brennan Cox also slotted a pair of goals, despite some wobbles in front of the big sticks.

Veteran Hayden Ballantyne (two goals) buzzed around and Freo's eighth debutant for the year, pressure forward Sam Switkowski, showed he wasn't out of his depth with 13 touches.  

Hosting the bottom-placed Blues was a game the Dockers simply had to win after a disappointing derby loss, and Lyon's men will feel good about themselves after putting the visitors to the sword with their best quarter of the year – a 7.3 to 0.2 third-term rout – to clinch the points. 

"As the game went on, I thought there was better use of the ball and making the opposition defend," Dockers coach Ross Lyon said post-match.

"When we did go forward it gave our forwards a chance to be more dangerous against equal numbers and give them better opportunities.

"It also allows you to put better pressure in your forward 50 and I thought we did that particularly after half-time."

But Carlton was far from disgraced and threatened a boilover after bursting out of the blocks.

Despite again losing star ruckman Matthew Kreuzer to an elevated heart rate concern before the bounce, Carlton came out on a mission, catching Freo off-guard with their intensity around the contest.

The Blues held their ground as Fremantle turned the contest into an arm wrestle in the second term, heading to the long break with a 13-point buffer.

Veteran Dale Thomas (30 disposals) showed some signs of his old self with a brilliant left-footed major from 40m to help keep Carlton ahead, but the visitors couldn't withstand Freo's run in the game-changing third quarter. 

It was the Dockers' sixth victory from the past seven clashes between the sides.

MEDICAL ROOM
Fremantle: Luke Ryan came from the field in the opening term and completed some run-throughs on the boundary line with an apparent left hamstring injury but returned before quarter-time. Michael Walters came off in the last quarter with a left hamstring after pulling up short and his season is in doubt.

Carlton: The Blues appeared to get through unscathed. 

NEXT UP
The Dockers have a long trip to face a fired-up Geelong, which must win to play finals, at GMHBA Stadium, while the Blues return to Etihad Stadium for a date with an in-form Western Bulldogs outfit looking for three wins on the bounce.

FREMANTLE            1.4      5.7      12.10  15.11 (101)                  
CARLTON                 3.6      7.8      7.10    10.12 (72)           

GOALS
Fremantle: McCarthy 3, Ballantyne 2, Cox 2, Giro, Grey, Taberner, Sheridan, Neale, Mundy, Langdon, Kersten
Carlton: Wright 2, McKay 2, C.Curnow 2, Murphy, Thomas, Lobbe, Lang

BEST 
Fremantle: Neale, Mundy, Langdon, McCarthy, Wilson, Cox
Carlton: Cripps, Thomas, Lobbe, C.Curnow, Petrevski-Seton

INJURIES 
Fremantle: Walters (left hamstring)
Carlton: Matthew Kreuzer (elevated heart rate) replaced in selected side by Nick Graham

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Haussen, Margetts, Whetton

Official crowd: 40,028 at Optus Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Lachie Neale
    Lachie Neale
    34
  • Carlton
    Patrick Cripps
    32
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    31
  • Carlton
    Dale Thomas
    30
  • Carlton
    Sam Kerridge
    29
Fantasy Leaders
  • Ed Langdon
    Ed Langdon
    125
  • Fremantle
    Nathan Wilson
    107
  • Fremantle
    David Mundy
    103
  • Carlton
    Matthew Lobbe
    103
  • Carlton
    Patrick Cripps
    102
Scoring Leaders
  • Cam McCarthy
    Cam McCarthy
    3.1
  • Fremantle
    Brennan Cox
    2.3
  • Carlton
    Charlie Curnow
    2.2
  • Fremantle
    Hayden Ballantyne
    2.1
  • Carlton
    Matthew Wright
    2.1

Match Stats

  • 362 Disposals 344
  • 76.0 Disposal Eff 68.9
  • 127 Contested Pos 141
  • 116 Marks 76
  • 19 Free Kicks 24
  • 35 Clearances 41
  • 53 Inside 50s 52
  • 40 Rebound 50s 37
  • 56 Tackles 59
  • 48 Hit-outs 32
  • 90 Interchanges 85

Breakdown

  • 1.4 (10)
    3.6 (24)
  • 5.7 (37)
    7.8 (50)
  • 12.10 (82)
    7.10 (52)
  • 15.11 (101)
    10.12 (72)

Player Stats

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Ed Langdon 16 15 31 12 0 1 0 1 1 0 125
2Nathan Wilson 22 2 24 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 107
3David Mundy 12 16 28 7 0 2 2 3 1 0 103
4Lachie Neale 13 21 34 3 0 2 1 1 1 0 99
5Taylin Duman 20 7 27 8 0 0 3 2 0 0 97
6Sean Darcy 1 8 9 2 42 0 2 8 0 0 93
7Brennan Cox 12 2 14 9 1 0 2 3 2 3 89
8Matt Taberner 11 6 17 6 5 3 0 1 1 1 82
9Tommy Sheridan 10 8 18 6 0 0 1 3 1 0 79
10Shane Kersten 11 3 14 8 0 0 1 3 1 0 78
11Hayden Ballantyne 11 3 14 6 0 2 4 4 2 1 76
12Cam McCarthy 10 2 12 7 0 0 1 1 3 1 75
13Michael Walters 10 5 15 2 0 3 0 5 0 0 69
14Michael Johnson 10 2 12 6 0 1 0 2 0 0 61
15Bradley Hill 10 6 16 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 57
16Brady Grey 4 5 9 2 0 1 1 6 1 0 56
17Luke Ryan 11 4 15 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 51
18Alex Pearce 6 7 13 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 50
19Stefan Giro 4 4 8 3 0 0 0 3 1 1 48
20Sam Switkowski 6 7 13 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 47
21Ryan Nyhuis 7 4 11 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 42
22Adam Cerra 3 5 8 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 25

Carlton

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Matthew Lobbe 8 6 14 5 28 1 1 5 1 0 103
2Patrick Cripps 13 19 32 5 0 1 3 4 0 2 102
3Marc Murphy 15 7 22 5 0 0 0 5 1 0 100
4Dale Thomas 15 15 30 6 0 2 1 0 1 0 98
5Charlie Curnow 11 2 13 9 0 1 0 3 2 2 91
6Sam Kerridge 16 13 29 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 90
7Ed Curnow 11 9 20 1 0 1 1 8 0 0 84
8Harry McKay 8 4 12 4 4 2 1 4 2 0 75
9Sam Petrevski-Seton 9 10 19 3 0 1 2 6 0 0 75
10Kade Simpson 12 8 20 2 0 5 1 3 0 0 72
11Nick Graham 13 5 18 3 0 2 0 2 0 1 69
12Jed Lamb 13 3 16 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 63
13Darcy Lang 5 9 14 4 0 2 0 1 1 0 57
14Paddy Dow 10 5 15 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 53
15Ciaran Byrne 7 9 16 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 52
16Sam Rowe 7 4 11 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 51
17Matthew Wright 7 2 9 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 48
18Jarrod Pickett 6 2 8 4 0 1 0 3 0 0 47
19Lochie O'Brien 5 4 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 29
20Caleb Marchbank 7 1 8 3 0 0 4 1 0 0 24
21Jack Silvagni 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 22
22Cameron Polson 4 1 5 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 19

Team Lineups

Carlton

B

  • Matthew Lobbe,
  • Sam Rowe,
  • Kade Simpson

HB

  • Dale Thomas,
  • Caleb Marchbank,
  • Jack Silvagni

C

  • Lochie O'Brien,
  • Patrick Cripps,
  • Sam Kerridge

HF

  • Ed Curnow,
  • Charlie Curnow,
  • Matthew Wright

F

  • Jed Lamb,
  • Jarrod Pickett,
  • Paddy Dow

Fol

  • Harry McKay,
  • Marc Murphy,
  • Cameron Polson

I/C

  • Sam Petrevski-Seton,
  • Darcy Lang,
  • Nick Graham,
  • Ciaran Byrne

No Late Change

In

  • No Change

Last updated: 5:37PM Sunday, August 12, 2018