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The best photos of 2018: 15-1

'Train hard and learn' - Ross Lyon We talked to senior coach Ross Lyon, high-performance manager Jason Weber, and Michael Walters to get an insight into the Gold Coast camp.

15. The new faces celebrate their first win in Freo colours. The round two win against Essendon at Optus Stadium included four draftees in Andrew Brayshaw, Adam Cerra, Bailey Banfield and Mitch Crowden as well as recruits Nathan Wilson and Brandon Matera.

14. Looking to the future. Nat Fyfe celebrates a goal with fellow midfielder Adam Cerra.

13. Sonny flies for one of the best marks you'll ever see during the round 20 Western Derby.

12. The purple army in full voice at Optus Stadium.

11. Brennan Cox celebrates one of his four goals during Freo's three-point win against Adelaide. He would be nominated for the NAB AFL Rising Star award for his efforts.

10. Jesse Hogan in full Freo kit during a promotional photo shoot. Alongside Rory Lobb, the star forward was one of two key additions to Fremantle's forwardline during the 2018 NAB AFL Trade Period.

9. A new era for Freo's AFLW team. Newly established senior coach Trent Cooper welcomes Jasmin Stewart to the club, taken at pick no.4 during the 2018 NAB AFLW draft.

8. A man on a mission. Nat Fyfe on his way to 26 contested possessions against Richmond at the MCG.

7. Michael Johnson and Stephen Hill laugh with one of Freo's Starlight Stars for the Annual Purple Haze Game. Fremantle supporters generously donated $170,112 for seriously ill children and their families for the game.

6. Ross Lyon letting the cobblers do the cobbling during the Big Freeze at the G, raising funds and awareness of Motor Neuron Disease.

5. Brayshaw brothers Andrew and Angus embrace following Freo's clash with Melbourne in Darwin.

4. Bailey Banfield came off the rookie list to play 20 games in his debut season. He prominently featured as a tagger and ruffled some feathers during Freo's clash with St Kilda.

3. History made. Freo's AFLW team run out onto Optus Stadium for the first ever game of Australian Football at the ground. 41,975 fans packed the stadium for the clash - a record for the women's game.

2. Michael Johnson bids farewell to the Purple Army following his 244th and final game for Fremantle.

1. A night to remember. The lights at Optus Stadium dazzle as Freo celebrate their first win at the ground in round two against Essendon.

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