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Match Report

Freo notch fourth win at home

By afl.com.au Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network May 12, 2018 5:19 PM

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Fremantle has notched it's fourth win at Optus Stadium, but not without a scare from St Kilda.

The Freo Dockers staved off a spirited St Kilda fightback and won 13.11 (89) to 8.11 (59).

Led by superstar Nat Fyfe (36 disposals, 13 clearances), who probably pocketed three Brownlow Medal votes for the fifth time in 2018, and giant Aaron Sandilands (41 hit-outs), the Freo Dockers commanded stoppages (39-29) and inside 50s (57-46).

Lyon's men motored to a game-high 43-point break early in the third stanza but, with his side under the pump, Richardson coached from the bench and it seemed to inspire his troops.

St Kilda hadn't even kicked more than 10 goals in a game since round one – the last time they tasted victory – but suddenly sprang to life with a blistering six-goal-to-two term.

The Saints were down by just 14 at the final change, but inaccuracy again came back to haunt them.

Tim Membrey (1.5) was the main culprit, pushing two straightforward set shots wide when the Dockers were on the back foot.

But late goals to Darcy Tucker and Brandon Matera snuffed out the Saints' fightback, as Freo squared the ledger at 4-4 for the season and remained undefeated by an interstate side at Optus Stadium.

Freo are still in touch with the top eight ahead of a potentially season-defining stretch against Sydney, North Melbourne, Collingwood and Adelaide.

But the Saints have soul-searching to do, sitting 16th on the ladder with one win and a draw.

Sometimes hitting the road can be the circuit-breaker, but it wasn't on Saturday night.

With Paddy McCartin worryingly sidelined by his seventh concussion, St Kilda lacked any sort of threatening target in attack.

The Saints' best player Jake Carlisle, who took five intercept marks in the first quarter, had to be thrown forward in the second term.

But it was a short-lived experiment, with Carlisle copping a knee to the head from Fyfe which ended his night.

With his club under pressure, Fyfe stepped up again, while sidekick Lachie Neale (32 possessions, nine clearances) was also superb and Ed Langdon (33) continued his purple patch.

Luke Ryan (27) provided valuable run from defence, especially with damaging half-backs Stephen Hill and Nathan Wilson sidelined, while youngsters Adam Cerra (two goals) and Andy Brayshaw (16 disposals) impressed again.
 

The Saints didn't have enough four-quarter performers, however Jack Steven (23) tried hard against Bailey Banfield's tag, while debutant Ed Phillips (24) showed some good signs alongside hard-working Jimmy Webster (31) and Luke Dunstan (26).

MEDICAL ROOM
Fremantle: The Fremantle Dockers lost Stephen Hill to quad tightness before the match, with the classy half-back failing to overcome the issue from last round's loss to Richmond.  

St Kilda: The Saints' best player Jake Carlisle had his night ended early in the second quarter after he was collected on the side of the head by Nat Fyfe's knee.

NEXT UP
Fremantle hit the road to face the Swans at the SCG, where they haven’t won since 2011, while St Kilda returns home to Etihad Stadium and take on in-form Collingwood.

FREMANTLE         3.2     7.5     9.9     13.11     (89)
ST KILDA             1.2     1.5     7.7       8.11     (59) 

GOALS
Fremantle: Cerra 2, Matera 2, Ballantyne, D.Pearce, Fyfe, Mundy, Tucker, McCarthy, Neale, Sandilands, Cox
St Kilda: Gresham 2, Hickey, Steven, Gilbert, Geary, Newnes, Membrey

BEST
Fremantle: Fyfe, Langdon, Sandilands, Neale, Blakely, Mundy
St Kilda: Webster, Dunstan, Steven, Ross, Acres, Phillips

INJURIES
Fremantle: S. Hill (quad) replaced in selected side by Nyhuis, Ballantyne (corked thigh)
St Kilda: Carlisle (concussion) 

Umpires: Hay, Gianfagna, Mollison

Crowd: 41,752 at Optus Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Nat Fyfe
    Nat Fyfe
    36
  • Fremantle
    Connor Blakely
    35
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    33
  • Fremantle
    Lachie Neale
    32
  • St Kilda
    Jimmy Webster
    31
Fantasy Leaders
  • Connor Blakely
    Connor Blakely
    131
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    130
  • St Kilda
    Luke Dunstan
    120
  • Fremantle
    Luke Ryan
    114
  • Fremantle
    Nat Fyfe
    106
Scoring Leaders
  • Brandon Matera
    Brandon Matera
    2.1
  • St Kilda
    Jade Gresham
    2.1
  • Fremantle
    Adam Cerra
    2.0
  • St Kilda
    Tim Membrey
    1.5
  • Fremantle
    Brennan Cox
    1.2

Match Stats

  • 404 Disposals 373
  • 72.3 Disposal Eff 70.2
  • 144 Contested Pos 125
  • 104 Marks 84
  • 16 Free Kicks 23
  • 39 Clearances 29
  • 57 Inside 50s 46
  • 37 Rebound 50s 43
  • 53 Tackles 63
  • 44 Hit-outs 24
  • 87 Interchanges 79

Breakdown

  • 3.2 (20)
    1.2 (8)
  • 7.5 (47)
    1.5 (11)
  • 9.9 (63)
    7.7 (49)
  • 13.11 (89)
    8.11 (59)

Player Stats

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Connor Blakely 21 14 35 11 0 3 0 1 0 0 131
2Ed Langdon 16 17 33 9 0 0 0 5 0 1 130
3Luke Ryan 20 7 27 10 0 1 0 2 0 1 114
4Nat Fyfe 10 26 36 2 0 1 2 4 1 1 106
5Lachie Neale 12 20 32 3 0 1 1 4 1 1 106
6Aaron Sandilands 7 6 13 4 41 2 2 2 1 0 96
7Danyle Pearce 13 5 18 5 0 1 0 4 1 0 87
8Michael Johnson 14 4 18 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 83
9David Mundy 13 6 19 6 0 1 0 1 1 0 80
10Andrew Brayshaw 9 7 16 5 0 0 2 6 0 0 74
11Brandon Matera 11 2 13 4 0 0 0 2 2 1 70
12Joel Hamling 8 10 18 8 0 1 2 1 0 0 67
13Ryan Nyhuis 8 9 17 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 60
14Adam Cerra 4 10 14 1 0 1 0 3 2 0 60
15Brennan Cox 7 5 12 5 3 0 1 1 1 2 58
16Alex Pearce 6 9 15 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 56
17Taylin Duman 9 6 15 6 0 0 3 1 0 0 52
18Hayden Ballantyne 9 2 11 2 0 1 0 1 1 2 50
19Bailey Banfield 5 7 12 1 0 1 2 5 0 0 47
20Darcy Tucker 8 5 13 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 40
21Cam McCarthy 4 3 7 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 32
22Mitchell Crowden 1 9 10 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 27

St Kilda

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Luke Dunstan 14 12 26 5 0 3 0 9 0 0 120
2Jimmy Webster 15 16 31 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 98
3Jack Steven 16 7 23 2 0 3 1 4 1 0 90
4Maverick Weller 7 12 19 8 0 2 0 4 0 0 87
5Ed Phillips 8 16 24 3 0 1 0 5 0 0 86
6Tom Hickey 5 11 16 3 18 2 2 4 1 0 82
7Sebastian Ross 13 10 23 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 82
8Blake Acres 13 10 23 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 78
9Jack Newnes 10 4 14 6 0 2 0 2 1 1 73
10Tim Membrey 9 4 13 8 0 0 3 3 1 5 73
11Shane Savage 8 10 18 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 71
12Jack Steele 9 14 23 3 0 0 2 2 0 1 67
13Sam Gilbert 7 7 14 2 0 2 0 4 1 0 65
14Jade Gresham 12 4 16 2 0 3 2 1 2 1 64
15Nick Coffield 10 6 16 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 61
16Jack Billings 9 6 15 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 58
17Rowan Marshall 5 3 8 5 6 0 1 3 0 1 52
18Hunter Clark 6 11 17 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 52
19Jarryn Geary 5 5 10 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 35
20Nathan J. Brown 2 7 9 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 35
21David Armitage 3 5 8 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 34
22Jake Carlisle 3 4 7 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 33

Team Lineups

St Kilda

B

  • Jarryn Geary,
  • Nathan Brown,
  • Shane Savage

HB

  • Nick Coffield,
  • Jake Carlisle,
  • Jimmy Webster

C

  • Jack Newnes,
  • Luke Dunstan,
  • Jack Billings

HF

  • Ed Phillips,
  • Tim Membrey,
  • Blake Acres

F

  • Jade Gresham,
  • Rowan Marshall,
  • Maverick Weller

Fol

  • Tom Hickey,
  • Sebastian Ross,
  • Jack Steven

I/C

  • Jack Steele,
  • Hunter Clark,
  • Sam Gilbert,
  • David Armitage

No Late Change

In

  • Ed Phillips,
  • Blake Acres

Out

  • Paddy McCartin (Injured),
  • Ben Long (Injured)

New

  • Ed Phillips

Milestones:

  • Ed Phillips  - Played 1st game

Last updated: 8:54PM Saturday, May 12, 2018