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Match Report

Pies edge out Freo

By Travis King August 25, 2018 2:12 PM

The Pies edged out Freo to finish the game 9 point winners

Watch the highlights from the clash between Fremantle and Collingwood.

Collingwood survived a major scare from an emotion-charged Fremantle, locked in a top-four spot and kept hopes of hosting a qualifying final alive with a nailbiting nine-point victory at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

Trailing the fired-up Freo Dockers by 15 points midway through the second term and with scores level at the final change, the Magpies were staring at the prospect of a cutthroat elimination final.

But as they have done all season in the face of adversity, Nathan Buckley's injury-hit men found a way.

Mature-age rookie Brody Mihocek was the hero, booting two clutch goals midway through the final term to put the Pies in front by four points.

Brennan Cox had the chance to wrestle back the lead for Freo with three minutes remaining but hooked his 50m set shot out on the full.

Collingwood swept the ball forward and Josh Thomas to kick the sealer from a Nathan Wilson turnover with less than two minutes to play.

Freo will be kicking themselves after booting 1.5 in the final term and falling to a 11.10 (76) to 9.13 (67) defeat.

Collingwood made hard work of seeing off the under-pressure Dockers, who were coming off a 133-point defeat to Geelong last round.

A response was expected following the huge defeat and, despite a slow start, Fremantle lifted considerably for champion defender Michael Johnson's farewell game.

Including last round's debacle, Fremantle had conceded 26 unanswered goals after Collingwood piled on three unanswered majors in the opening five minutes on Saturday.

But the home side clicked into gear and produced some of the best football played by a team in purple for months.

A five-goal burst before quarter-time – highlighted by Sam Switkowski's first goal and an audacious Matt Taberner soccer – turned the contest on its head.

The Dockers dominated the second term and were keeping the ball off the Pies, the No.1 possession team in the competition, but couldn't put the score on the board.

Steadying late goals from Scott Pendlebury and NAB AFL Rising Star favourite Jaidyn Stephenson reduced the margin to just three points at the long break.

The third quarter was an arm-wrestle and the Dockers looked good things when veteran Hayden Ballantyne ran into an open goal for his fourth major early in the final term, but the Pies stormed home for a crucial triumph.

Midfield stars Steele Sidebottom (31 disposals) and Pendlebury (30, one goal) were influential all game and Mihocek finished with three majors.

Brodie Grundy (24 disposals, 34 hit-outs) had Freo youngster Sean Darcy's (35 hit-outs) measure around the ground but they fought an even battle in the ruck, with Freo just edging clearances (36-32).

Bradley Hill (35 disposals, 10 inside 50s) played his best game for the season for the Dockers, Taylin Duman (24) showed plenty in defence alongside Joel Hamling and Lachie Neale (34, one goal) rounded out an excellent campaign, but it wasn't enough to get Freo home.

Speaking after the game, coach Ross Lyon was pleased the Dockers dug in to send Johnson off with a fighting effort, on a day when retired defender Lee Spurr was also farewelled at the ground.

"I haven't thought about it in too much regard to last week, if you keep looking backwards it's not good but … I didn't think last week was typical of our year," Lyon said.

"When you've got retiring players, you want the effort to be commensurate with the esteem you hold them in.

"It's not about whether you win or lose, but we certainly ticked that box with our effort."

FREMANTLE             5.2   6.6   8.8   9.13 (67)

COLLINGWOOD       3.2   6.3   8.8   11.10 (76) 

GOALS

Fremantle: Ballantyne 4, Fyfe, Mundy, Taberner, Neale, Switkowski
Collingwood: Mihocek 3, Stephenson 2, Pendlebury, Adams, Phillips, Thomas, Crisp, Cox 

BEST

Fremantle: Hamling, Neale, B.Hill, Duman, Langdon, Ballantyne
Collingwood: Sidebottom, Pendlebury, Adams, Maynard, Grundy 

INJURIES

Fremantle: TBC
Collingwood: Hoskin-Elliott (knee)

Umpires: O'Gorman, Nicholls, Hay

Official crowd: 41,320 at Optus Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Bradley Hill
    Bradley Hill
    35
  • Fremantle
    Lachie Neale
    34
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    32
  • Collingwood
    Steele Sidebottom
    32
  • Collingwood
    Scott Pendlebury
    30
Fantasy Leaders
  • Ed Langdon
    Ed Langdon
    128
  • Collingwood
    Brodie Grundy
    126
  • Collingwood
    Steele Sidebottom
    123
  • Fremantle
    Taylin Duman
    118
  • Fremantle
    Bradley Hill
    117
Scoring Leaders
  • Hayden Ballantyne
    Hayden Ballantyne
    4.1
  • Collingwood
    Brody Mihocek
    3.2
  • Collingwood
    Jaidyn Stephenson
    2.1
  • Fremantle
    Nat Fyfe
    1.2
  • Fremantle
    Matt Taberner
    1.1

Match Stats

  • 403 Disposals 372
  • 75.9 Disposal Eff 69.9
  • 144 Contested Pos 150
  • 105 Marks 75
  • 23 Free Kicks 21
  • 36 Clearances 33
  • 53 Inside 50s 50
  • 38 Rebound 50s 43
  • 58 Tackles 73
  • 38 Hit-outs 40
  • 89 Interchanges 71

Breakdown

  • 5.2 (32)
    3.2 (20)
  • 6.6 (42)
    6.3 (39)
  • 8.8 (56)
    8.8 (56)
  • 9.13 (67)
    11.10 (76)

Player Stats

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Ed Langdon 15 17 32 10 0 1 0 4 0 2 128
2Taylin Duman 15 9 24 8 0 3 0 7 0 0 118
3Bradley Hill 26 9 35 5 0 0 1 2 0 1 117
4Lachie Neale 12 22 34 4 0 2 1 4 1 0 113
5Tommy Sheridan 8 13 21 6 0 1 0 3 0 1 82
6Sam Switkowski 10 7 17 5 0 2 0 3 1 1 80
7Alex Pearce 11 11 22 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 76
8Joel Hamling 10 9 19 8 0 2 1 1 0 0 75
9Hayden Ballantyne 8 6 14 3 0 0 1 2 4 1 75
10Sean Darcy 2 6 8 4 35 1 2 3 0 0 72
11Matt Taberner 10 5 15 6 3 2 3 2 1 1 69
12Nathan Wilson 17 1 18 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 68
13Michael Johnson 11 4 15 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 65
14Shane Kersten 12 0 12 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 63
15David Mundy 8 8 16 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 62
16Ethan Hughes 11 6 17 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 61
17Adam Cerra 7 4 11 3 0 1 1 6 0 0 60
18Brady Grey 6 9 15 3 0 1 0 3 0 1 59
19Nat Fyfe 8 11 19 3 0 0 6 3 1 2 57
20Cam McCarthy 11 6 17 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 56
21Brennan Cox 7 4 11 2 0 3 1 5 0 0 55
22Darcy Tucker 3 8 11 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 34

Collingwood

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Brodie Grundy 11 13 24 6 34 2 1 4 0 0 126
2Steele Sidebottom 20 12 32 7 0 1 0 4 0 1 123
3Scott Pendlebury 16 14 30 4 0 2 0 5 1 0 116
4Taylor Adams 17 9 26 3 0 0 1 3 1 1 94
5Tom Phillips 15 5 20 2 0 2 0 5 1 0 89
6Jack Crisp 11 9 20 3 0 1 2 6 1 0 85
7Brody Mihocek 8 7 15 6 0 1 2 3 3 2 83
8Brayden Maynard 11 6 17 3 0 1 0 6 0 0 79
9Brayden Sier 7 16 23 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 79
10Mason Cox 10 3 13 6 6 3 2 2 1 0 71
11Jordan de Goey 16 3 19 5 0 0 2 1 0 1 68
12Josh Thomas 11 6 17 4 0 1 3 3 1 0 67
13James Aish 7 9 16 0 0 1 1 5 0 1 58
14Levi Greenwood 8 4 12 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 57
15Jaidyn Stephenson 6 2 8 3 0 0 0 3 2 1 56
16Jack Madgen 7 7 14 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 46
17Will Hoskin-Elliott 6 5 11 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 45
18Travis Varcoe 6 7 13 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 45
19Adam Oxley 6 5 11 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 42
20Tom Langdon 8 5 13 3 0 2 4 2 0 0 41
21Chris Mayne 6 3 9 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 38
22Nathan Murphy 6 3 9 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 38

Team Lineups

Collingwood

B

  • Brayden Maynard,
  • Tom Langdon,
  • Jack Crisp

HB

  • Adam Oxley,
  • Jack Madgen,
  • Levi Greenwood

C

  • Travis Varcoe,
  • Scott Pendlebury,
  • Tom Phillips

HF

  • James Aish,
  • Brody Mihocek,
  • Jordan De Goey

F

  • Josh Thomas,
  • Mason Cox,
  • Chris Mayne

Fol

  • Brodie Grundy,
  • Taylor Adams,
  • Steele Sidebottom

I/C

  • Nathan Murphy,
  • Will Hoskin-Elliott,
  • Jaidyn Stephenson,
  • Brayden Sier

No Late Change

In

  • No Change

Last updated: 5:37PM Saturday, August 25, 2018