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Match Report

Freo upset Bulldogs

By afl.com.au Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network April 8, 2017 5:54 PM

Watch the highlights from Saturday night's win.

Fremantle and Bulldogs clash in round three

They say a week is a long time in football and a rebooted Fremantle has proven the truth in that statement by springing an upset of the Western Bulldogs by 16 points at Domain Stadium on Saturday night.

In a contest that pitted the unbeaten reigning premiers against a winless Freo Dockers outfit after an 89-point loss to Port Adelaide, it was the home side who laid an ambush and caused a massive boilover.

After a week of intense scrutiny, Fremantle's new-look line-up – with six changes from round two – played with the verve and dare fans have been craving to notch a remarkable 13.11 (89) to 10.13 (73) triumph.

Coach Ross Lyon’s game-plan was under the microscope but Freo let go of the handbrake, bravely flicking the ball around from half-back and attacking at pace through the corridor, taking the game on from the opening bounce.

Freo burst out of the blocks, with one of their new faces – elevated rookie Brady Grey – igniting their surge with a lovely long-range goal in the opening minutes.

It set the tone for a thrilling contest, with Freo kicking the first four majors before the shell-shocked visitors had even scored to whip the 28,865-strong partisan home crowd into a frenzy.

Lachie Hunter steadied the Dogs either side of quarter-time, booting three goals – including a beauty from the pocket – but from 19 points up at the first change Freo  headed into the rooms with a seven-point half-time advantage.

If Lyon's youthful side – featuring debutants Griffin Logue and Harley Balic - had any doubts they could hold on, they didn't show it – even when the Dogs seized control after half-time.

A five-goal-to-two term inspired by veteran captain Bob Murphy (two goals) and his heir apparent, young superstar Marcus Bontempelli, surged Luke Beveridge's outfit into a 14-point advantage at the final change.

But the Freo Dockers refused to go away, with inspirational small forward Michael Walters stepping up to boot two goals in the final term as the home crowd willed Freo to victory.

When Hayden Crozier, another inclusion, showed quick thinking to rove a spillage close to goal and snap over his shoulder, the Dockers hit the front by four points with 13 minutes remaining.

It was a lead they wouldn't relinquish, with former skipper David Mundy hammering the final nail in the Dogs' coffin after intercepting Easton Wood's risky pass across goal and kicking truly to seal a five-goal-to-nil final term.

The purple-clad crowd jumped to their feet in unison at the final siren, celebrating a victory that has erased the demons of last week's effort against the Power.

Speaking post-match, Ross Lyon hailed his side's pressure in the rousing victory.

"I thought we tackled and pressured really well. The Bulldogs went to a premiership on pressuring and tackling and then exploding away," he said.

"One swallow doesn't make a summer, does it? I thought there was a bit to like in there."

Freo's six inclusions offered a new look to the home side, with Grey outstanding with his forward pressure and tenacity.

Crozier booted two goals in a lively display, while Tommy Sheridan and Ethan Hughes had their moments.

Logue's ability to find the football and stand up in the contest was impressive for a teenager, while midfielder Balic was tough at the coalface.

Freo skipper Nat Fyfe was superb in the final term for the home side and finished with 33 touches, with brothers Stephen (33) and Bradley Hill (25) also outstanding.

Mundy had 29 touches and booted two goals in a new role spending plenty of time in attack, while recruit Shane Kersten took a screamer and played his best game in purple.

Key defender Joel Hamling was superb against his former side, blanketing Travis Cloke.

The Dogs were well-served by Luke Dahlhaus and superboot Matt Suckling, while Jason Johannisen's run worried Freo and Hunter was a shining light all match.

But ultimately Freo had the answers and, after being the last team to defeat the Dogs in Matthew Pavlich's farewell game last year, they snapped the Bulldogs' winning streak at six games.

The Dogs are left licking their wounds on the way back to Victoria, with premiership hero Liam Picken their chief concern after he was felled in the second quarter by Tommy Sheridan and played no further part in the game due to concussion.

Fremantle's unforgettable first win for the season lifts the Freo Dockers off the bottom of the ladder up to 12th spot and with a significantly brighter outlook ahead.

FREMANTLE  4.4  6.7 8.10  13.11  (89)                  
WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.3 5.5 10.12 10.13 (73)           

GOALS
Fremantle: Walters 3, Kersten 2, McCarthy 2, Mundy 2, Crozier 2, Weller, Grey
Western Bulldogs: Hunter 3, Murphy 2, Bontempelli, Boyd, Stringer, McLean, Johannisen 

BEST 
Fremantle: S.Hill, Fyfe, Mundy, Hamling, Sandilands, Crozier, Walters
Western Bulldogs: Liberatore, Hunter, Dahlhaus, Macrae, Jong, Suckling 

INJURIES 
Western Bulldogs: Picken (concussion) 
Fremantle: Nil 

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Margetts, Ryan, Mitchell 

Official crowd: 28,865 at Domain Stadium 

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Stephen Hill
    Stephen Hill
    33
  • Fremantle
    Nat Fyfe
    33
  • Western Bulldogs
    Luke Dahlhaus
    31
  • Fremantle
    Lachie Neale
    30
  • Fremantle
    David Mundy
    30
Fantasy Leaders
  • David Mundy
    David Mundy
    144
  • Western Bulldogs
    Jack Macrae
    116
  • Western Bulldogs
    Lachie Hunter
    114
  • Fremantle
    Stephen Hill
    113
  • Fremantle
    Nat Fyfe
    110
Scoring Leaders
  • Michael Walters
    Michael Walters
    3.1
  • Western Bulldogs
    Lachie Hunter
    3.1
  • Fremantle
    Hayden Crozier
    2.2
  • Fremantle
    Shane Kersten
    2.1
  • Fremantle
    David Mundy
    2.1

Match Stats

  • 406 Disposals 422
  • 74.9 Disposal Eff 74.6
  • 141 Contested Pos 146
  • 100 Marks 89
  • 14 Free Kicks 14
  • 35 Clearances 36
  • 45 Inside 50s 47
  • 36 Rebound 50s 31
  • 54 Tackles 63
  • 43 Hit-outs 24
  • 53 Interchanges 54

Breakdown

  • 4.4 (28)
    1.3 (9)
  • 6.7 (43)
    5.6 (36)
  • 8.10 (58)
    10.12 (72)
  • 13.11 (89)
    10.13 (73)

Player Stats

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1David Mundy 19 11 30 7 0 3 0 7 2 1 144
2Stephen Hill 21 12 33 4 0 1 1 4 0 0 113
3Nat Fyfe 11 22 33 5 0 0 2 6 0 0 110
4Brady Grey 13 6 19 6 0 0 0 5 1 0 95
5Bradley Hill 15 10 25 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 94
6Aaron Sandilands 3 12 15 3 42 2 1 2 0 0 91
7Hayden Crozier 13 7 20 6 0 0 0 1 2 2 89
8Lachie Neale 8 22 30 4 0 2 0 1 0 2 88
9Ed Langdon 10 10 20 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 84
10Connor Blakely 9 9 18 6 0 1 0 4 0 0 80
11Shane Kersten 8 6 14 6 0 1 0 1 2 1 72
12Michael Walters 9 3 12 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 65
13Cam McCarthy 8 6 14 4 0 1 2 2 2 0 63
14Garrick Ibbotson 13 3 16 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 62
15Lee Spurr 7 7 14 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 59
16Michael Johnson 9 8 17 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 54
17Tommy Sheridan 11 5 16 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 53
18Joel Hamling 4 8 12 6 0 0 1 2 0 0 51
19Lachie Weller 7 12 19 1 0 0 3 1 1 0 49
20Ethan Hughes 6 5 11 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 47
21Griffin Logue 5 5 10 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 43
22Harley Balic 3 5 8 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 35

Western Bulldogs

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jack Macrae 13 13 26 6 0 2 2 9 0 1 116
2Lachie Hunter 17 9 26 6 0 0 0 2 3 1 114
3Matthew Suckling 19 11 30 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 106
4Marcus Bontempelli 9 15 24 5 1 1 1 6 1 2 103
5Matthew Boyd 11 10 21 7 0 1 0 3 1 1 94
6Lin Jong 11 13 24 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 93
7Tom Liberatore 6 22 28 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 91
8Jason Johannisen 12 17 29 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 90
9Luke Dahlhaus 11 20 31 1 0 3 1 3 0 0 88
10Robert Murphy 9 11 20 7 0 0 2 2 2 1 85
11Jake Stringer 10 8 18 4 0 1 0 2 1 2 75
12Tom Boyd 7 10 17 5 7 2 0 1 0 1 70
13Caleb Daniel 10 8 18 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 68
14Marcus Adams 10 7 17 6 0 0 1 2 0 0 67
15Tom Campbell 6 4 10 3 16 0 1 4 0 0 64
16Shane Biggs 14 3 17 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 60
17Toby McLean 5 8 13 3 0 1 2 3 1 1 54
18Zaine Cordy 7 3 10 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 51
19Easton Wood 7 5 12 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 46
20Fletcher Roberts 5 5 10 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 42
21Liam Picken 3 8 11 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 33
22Travis Cloke 7 3 10 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 30

Team Lineups

Western Bulldogs

B

  • Marcus Adams,
  • Fletcher Roberts,
  • Jason Johannisen

HB

  • Matthew Suckling,
  • Easton Wood,
  • Robert Murphy

C

  • Lachie Hunter,
  • Luke Dahlhaus,
  • Lin Jong

HF

  • Zaine Cordy,
  • Tom Campbell,
  • Jake Stringer

F

  • Toby McLean,
  • Travis Cloke,
  • Liam Picken

Fol

  • Tom Boyd,
  • Marcus Bontempelli,
  • Tom Liberatore

I/C

  • Matthew Boyd,
  • Jack Macrae,
  • Shane Biggs,
  • Caleb Daniel

No Late Change

In

  • Toby McLean

Out

  • Stewart Crameri (Hip)

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