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Derby disappointment for Freo

Highlights - Rd 16 v West Coast Watch the highlights between Fremantle and West Coast in round 16.

Fremantle have suffered a 91-point loss at the hands of West Coast in RAC Derby 50 at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

A wasteful Freo were unable to match a clinical West Coast in the 2.19 (31) to 19.8 (122) loss.

Darcy Tucker toiled hard in Freo’s midfield with a career-high 29 disposals, while Walters was busy with 23 disposals and 10 inside 50s.

The heavily anticipated matchup between Nat Fyfe and Elliot Yeo was a stalemate, with Fyfe finishing the night with 21 disposals and Yeo with 19.

West Coast were the clear winners in the middle, dominating the clearances 46-33 and leading the contested possessions 168-158.

Surprisingly, Fremantle still led the inside 50 count 60-50, however the Eagles feasted on their higher-quality entries.

Impressive defensive performances from Brad Sheppard, who was awarded the Glendinning-Allan Medal, Shannon Hurn and Jeremy McGovern also helped keep Freo’s forward advances at bay.

NEXT UP
The Dockers travel to Launceston, where they have a 1-10 record, to face the Hawks, who they have lost 11 of the past 12 encounters against. Meanwhile, the Eagles host the stuttering Magpies, who they have beaten four straight times, on Friday night at Optus Stadium.

FREMANTLE    1.2       1.7       2.14     2.19 (31)
WEST COAST  2.5       10.7     14.7     19.8 (122)

GOALS
Fremantle:
McCarthy, Walters,
West Coast: Cameron 4, Cripps 4, Darling 4, Hickey 2, Rioli, Masten, Shuey, Ah Chee, Yeo

BEST
Fremantle:
Tucker, Walters, Fyfe, Hamling, Mundy
West Coast:
Sheppard, Gaff, Naitanui, Shuey, Hurn, Cripps

INJURIES
Fremantle:
 Colyer (corked thigh)
West Coast: Josh Kennedy (illness) replaced in selected side by Brendon Ah Chee

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fisher, Williamson, Mollison

Official crowd: 56,358 at Optus Stadium

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