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In case you missed it: Freo’s rollercoaster win

Tom Fee  April 16, 2017 12:01 PM

Watch the Dockers celebrate their round four win.

Freo prevailed in a two-point thriller against Melbourne on Saturday at the MCG.

Here are just some of the notable moments from the game.

See-sawing battle
The lead exchanged hands no fewer than 11 times. When Melbourne went on a run of five straight goals, Fremantle responded with eight.
Melbourne kicked six of the last nine majors, but the most telling belonged to Freo. Cam McCarthy beat Bernie Vince in a footrace to get his toe on the ball and put Freo in front for the final time.

Mid-forwards
With a number of players capable of pushing into an inside midfield role, Ross Lyon rotated Fremantle’s midfielders through the forwardline – and it paid dividends.
Lachie Neale kicked a career-best four goals and David Mundy posted three goals for just the second time in his 255-game career. To top things off, Nat Fyfe, Stephen Hill and Harley Balic pitched in with a goal each as Freo kicked more than 100 points for the first time since round 12 of the 2016 season against the Lions.

Neale sets up huge third quarter
Fremantle were 27 points down as the half time siren sounded, but Neale had the chance to give Freo hope as he prepared for a set shot from 30m out.
Neale’s goal cut the deficit to 21, ending Melbourne’s five goal run and allowing Fremantle to go into the change room with their head up.
The goal proved crucial. It was a different Fremantle side that retuned for the third quarter, piling on seven goals to none to set up the eventual victory.

Blakely’s role
Playing a taggling role on Nathan Jones, Connor Blakely emerged with plenty of the football while focusing on limiting the impact of Melbourne’s co-captain.
Blakely kept Jones to just 18 touches while picking up 23 of his own - Freo’s equal third highest for the day.

A happy hunting ground?
Long seen as a difficult nut to crack for interstate teams, Fremantle continued a good run of form at the MCG by winning their fourth from their past five games at the ground.
A tricky opponent awaits on Freo’s return in round 8, going up against the currently undefeated Tigers.

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