During the final minutes of the thrilling contest on Friday night, star midfielder and Fremantle co-vice-captain Caleb Serong was physically exhausted, to the point where he was vomiting at stoppages.

“Those last four stoppages, between each stoppage, I threw up. If there was a camera on, you would have seen me throwing my guts up about six times,” Serong revealed on the Final Siren Podcast post-match.

“I was cooked at three-quarter time.

“The speed, the play on the ball, and the way they (Collingwood) play is high intensity, and you are go, go, go.”


Trailing by 25 points midway through the final term, Fremantle mounted a thrilling comeback, kicking the final four goals of the game to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat against the reigning premiers in front of a raucous home crowd.

As ‘Wharfie Time’ echoed around Optus Stadium in the final minutes of the game, Serong stood tall, gathering six disposals and five tackles to help his team share the points with the Pies.

Fellow co-vice-captain and close mate Andrew Brayshaw praised Serong and the team for fighting until the final siren.

“We were down by a fair bit and could have easily put the cue in the rack and called it a day, but we went into that win-the-game mindset, take it on, nothing-to-lose mentality,” Brayshaw said on the Final Siren podcast.

“It’s a really hard brand to play for four quarters as it is so exhausting. The playing group has trained really hard all pre-season to be able to go the four quarters until the final siren and I think we’ve showcased that tonight.

“It’s really positive to know that we can be however many points down with such little time to go and we can still fight back and give ourselves a chance.”

Serong had a game-high 11 tackles for the evening and continues his run of consecutive 25-plus disposal games for the year.

Fremantle will now travel to Alice Springs on Friday to take on fourth-placed Melbourne on Sunday before the Club’s round 13 bye.