Fremantle captain Alex Pearce has called the Club’s performance “extremely disappointing all round” following the 67-point loss to the Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium.

Fremantle kicked 2.2 from the Club's first five inside 50s, but struggled to maintain consistency as the Bulldogs got on top for large portions of the game.

“AFL footy is a tough industry. You have to keep fronting up week after week and we were clearly off tonight and inconsistent,” Pearce said post-match.

“We knew they were going to be hungry to bounce back after last week and they are a really dangerous side once they get going.”


It is just the second time in 2024 that the Club has conceded more than 100 points, and the Bulldog's 149 points is the highest-ever score against Fremantle under Justin Longmuir.

“To kick nearly 150 points is really disappointing,” Pearce said.

“We want to be a team that values our contest and values our defence and that’s not just on the mids, backs or forwards. It’s on everyone working together.

“I think we’ve been pretty consistent this year in the way we’ve been able to defend and we want it to be a real trademark of our game how tough we are to score against.

“We will be looking to bounce back and really value the right things as we move forward.”

The loss breaks Fremantle’s unbeaten run in Melbourne this season and is the first time under Justin Longmuir that the team has scored over 79 points and lost.

Fremantle will now face the Gold Coast Suns at Optus stadium in the Club’s first home game since their round 11 draw with Collingwood.