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In case you missed it: Rd 3

Tom Fee  April 10, 2017 3:48 PM

Fremantle and Bulldogs clash in round three

Whether you were in the stands or watching from home, here’s what you might have missed from a memorable Saturday night at Domain Stadium.

The kids are all right
Fremantle cut the average age of their starting lineup from 26.5 to 24.9 in the space of a week - seeing 757 games of experience make way for 118 games, including two debutants in Harley Balic and Griffin Logue.
The result? An upset win against the undefeated reigning premiers.
Lachie Neale, Freo’s youngest member of the leadership group, partially credited Freo’s turnaround towards the injection of youth into the side.
“We had to make some changes,” Neale said.
“I thought the guys came in with some real vibrancy and had a crack, and that’s all we can ask for.”

Grey gets Freo rolling
Freshly elevated from the rookie list, Brady Grey played a crucial role in getting Freo off to a fast start in three of the four terms.
After kicking the opening goal of the game, Grey helped Freo to their first of the second term by snatching a Tom Campbell pass to set up Cam McCarthy.
Just 20 seconds into the final quarter, Grey dodged two Bulldogs defenders to hit Shane Kersten on the chest, who goaled to put Freo within eight points.

Joel laughs last against old mates
Playing against his old side, Joel Hamling admitted to copping some “cheeky sledges” from his old teammates.
But on the night before his 24th birthday, Hamling shone against his former side.
The premiership defender kept his direct opponent Travis Cloke goalless, leading Fremantle with seven spoils and five intercept marks in a performance that drew comparisons with Freo great Luke McPharlin.

Surprise ruck tactics
In an effort to quell the influence of Aaron Sandilands, the Western Bulldogs resorted to some interesting methods to try and shake the ruckman.
In one case, it was the 183cm Tom Liberatore going up against the 211cm Sandilands, and in others the Bulldogs elected not to contest the ruck at all.
With no third man up allowed in the ruck contest, it’s one tactic that may come into play more often in 2017.In the end, Sandilands still ruled the day with 14 hit outs to advantage, compared to Tom Campbell’s four.

Rising Son
With just three disposals at half time, Michael Walters seemed to be the lone Freo Docker having an off night.
But ‘Sonny’ would soon enter the game in style, taking advantage of an errant Marcus Adams kick to snap through his first of three late goals, with two coming in the final quarter.

 

Passion of the Croz
After breaking into the side with three strong performances for Peel, Hayden Crozier provided some of the spark Freo needed to get across the line.
The 23-year-old had seven score involvements on the night, and the most important came off his own boot.
Tight on the boundary in the final term, Crozier pulled off a miracle snap to put Freo in the lead for good - grabbing his jumper in pride as he celebrated.

Return of the tag?
In his post match press conference, Ross Lyon said he thought Connor Blakely was "strong" as a tagger on the Bulldogs' Marcus Bontempelli.
Lyon also opened the door for Freo to use the tactic more this season.
"We haven't tagged all year," Lyon said.
"Whether we will in the future I am not too sure. The game is inviting that back in with fewer rotations."

Freo’s Brady Bunch
When Brady Grey kicked the opening goal, the biggest roar came from the Freo captain…but we’re not talking about Nat Fyfe.
Sharing what she dubbed “Brady Cam” on her instagram story, Freo women’s captain Kara Donnellan couldn’t help but show her support for Grey.
Grey worked as an assistant coach with the women’s team throughout the inaugural AFLW season, and said he was almost overwhelmed with the messages of support from the women’s team.
“I got a surprising number of messages from them,” Grey said.
“It’s great to have their support and to have that link from the two teams.”

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