Brodie the Beast
After six rounds, new recruit Will Brodie has quickly gone from a basement-price pickup in the trade period to one of the beasts of the AFL.
How does his start to his Fremantle career compare in Fremantle history? For midfielders, it is arguably the best.
Firstly, here is the list of the most clearances by a Fremantle players in their first six games for the Club.

PLAYER

AGE

Clearances

W.Brodie

23

39

P.Hasleby

18

38

T.Cook

23

29

A.Prescott

26

26

A.Fletcher

28

23

D.Smith

22

23

M.Barlow

22

22

C.Serong

19

22

J.Carr

25

21

Brodie leads the way, but credit where it’s due to Paul Hasleby and Caleb Serong for getting up there among players who have joined from other clubs and the mature aged recruits. There’s a reason why they’re both Rising Star winners!
When it comes to contested possessions, Brodie has been even more dominant than any other player in their first six Freo games.

PLAYER

AGE

Contested Possessions

W.Brodie

23

81

T.Cook

23

63

M.Barlow

22

61

P.Hasleby

18

54

A.Prescott

26

53

D.Pearce

27

53

C.Blakely

20

51

D.Smith

22

49

N.Fyfe

18

49

In disposals, Brodie is pipped only by his idol in fellow Shepparton player Michael Barlow. Barlow is the reason why Brodie grew up a Freo fan and it’s more than heartwarming to see Brodie follow the same trajectory.

PLAYER

AGE

Disposals

M.Barlow

22

169

W.Brodie

23

161

S.Watters

26

145

M.Carr

22

140

A.Fletcher

28

136

B.Hill

23

135

T.Cook

23

135

A.Prescott

26

132

P.Hasleby

18

132

Brodie building
With Fremantle having a large midfield contingent, the midfielders are spending more time rotating through the interchange.
Against Carlton, Brodie had more time on ground than Freo’s other midfielders at 74 per cent, while Caleb Serong was 73 per cent, Andrew Bryashaw was 72 per cent and David Mundy was 71 per cent.
But this hasn’t always been the case this season.

Time On Ground %

Brodie

Mundy

Serong

Brayshaw

Tucker

Round 1 v Adelaide

65

81

77

85

70

Round 2 v St Kilda

61

 

81

82

80

Round 3 v WCE

83

 

 

82

32*

Round 4 v GWS

73

73

 

77

 

Round 5 v Essendon

63

69

76

78

 

Round 6 v Carlton

74

71

73

72

72

On a per 100 minutes basis, Brodie ranks second in the AFL for contested possessions and sixth for clearances and disposals.
Mundy also performs well when taking his game time into account, ranking 14th for clearances, 20th for contested possessions and 34th for disposals per 100 minutes.

Player

Mins

CP / 100 min

D / 100 min

CL / 100 min

R.Laird (AFC)

379

16

33

7

W.Brodie (FRFC)

513

16

31

8

P.Cripps (CFC)

438

16

31

8

C.Oliver (MFC)

627

15

31

9

T.Boak (PAFC)

621

15

31

9

G.Hewett (CFC)

581

15

31

8

T.Miller (GCFC)

653

14

27

6

L.Neale (BFC)

654

14

29

7

T.Green (GWS)

602

14

28

7

T.Mitchell (HFC)

604

14

28

6

M.Kennedy (CFC)

437

14

29

5

D.Prestia (RFC)

309

14

30

4

M.Rowell (GCFC)

650

13

20

6

J.Macrae (WBFC)

599

13

31

8

J.Steele (SKFC)

624

13

28

5

D.Parish (EFC)

626

13

33

7

O.Wines (PAFC)

413

12

33

5

T.Liberatore (WBFC)

570

12

24

5

J.Selwood (GFC)

479

12

26

7

D.Mundy (FRFC)

363

12

26

7

Marvellous Mundy
And a shoutout to Mundy for continuing to deliver in his 18th AFL season and 19th year at the Club.
Against Carlton, he collected 13 contested possessions, two more than any other Fremantle player. He’s now amassed 358 games of experience which made up a quarter of the 1523 games’ experience in Fremantle’s starting 22.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 23: David Mundy of the Dockers \hh\ during the 2022 AFL Round 06 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Carlton Blues at Optus Stadium on April 23, 2022 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos)

Super Switta
According to AFL Player Ratings, Sam Switkowski played his career-best game in his 38th appearance at AFL level.
He had career or equal-career highest numbers in disposals (19), goals (two) and contested possessions (11). His 28 pressure acts was second only to his 36 against Adelaide in his debut season where he had a career-low five disposals.

Shoota’s perfect record
Lachie Schultz streak continues! Against the Blues, Schultz kicked two goals or more for the 14th time in his AFL career and Fremantle are now 14-0 when the small forward gets more than one goal on the board.
Kicking 3.3, Schultz had the most scoring shots in his career and it was the fifth time kicking three goals in a game. His career best is his four-goal haul against North Melbourne last season.

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Acres of space
Blake Acres has continued to shine on the wing with 561 metres gained, his best since joining the Club. He also had a career-best three contested marks.

Stay grounded
Fremantle are sitting pretty with a 5-1 record, a record they’ve achieved on two other occasions in Club history.
The most recent was in 2010 when Fremantle finished the season 13-9, placing sixth and making the second round of finals.
But in 2004, Fremantle went from 5-1 to 11-11 and finished ninth after losing the final four games of the season, showing there’s plenty more work to be done!

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