Fremantle held an intraclub match simulation on Friday at Victor George Kailis Oval, with all fit and available players taking part in a clash between Purple and White.
The teams were fluid, with many players switching sides and roles at half time.
While there were also some breaks in play to run certain match simulations, the White were victorious in a high scoring and entertaining contest that was played over five periods of 15 minutes.
Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe played the first half in the midfield for White alongside Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra, while Connor Blakely, Tom North and Mitch Crowden ran the Purple engine room.
Fyfe then moved forward for the second half, with Blakely switching to White alongside Michael Walters and Caleb Serong. Brayshaw led the Purple midfield alongside Luke Valente and Darcy Tucker.
Freo’s All Australians stood out, with Fyfe dominating the clearances and, while going goalless, played as a strong contested mark up front with a number of goal assists.
As well as an impressive midfield effort, Walters led the scoring with five goals. His fitness showed as he stood out late in the game as temperatures reached the high 30s.
There were six other multiple goal scorers. Matthew Taberner kicked two for White, while Travis Colyer, Adam Cerra, Lachie Schultz and Brandon Matera kicked one each for both teams.
Stephen Hill looked to be getting back to his best after an injury interrupted 2019, and while he played on limited minutes, he impacted the game well from half back.
Hill also benefited from a great delivery inside 50 from Bailey Banfield as he pushed forward for a goal for the Purple team.
After training as a back all pre-season, Brennan Cox had some good moments in the backline for Purple, playing on the likes of Rory Lobb and Taberner as he looks to build for a round one spot.
A late pick for Freo in the 2019 draft, winger Michael Frederick appeared to be a revelation, taking on the game at numerous times as he dodged and weaved to get the ball out of traffic.
Top-10 draft picks Hayden Young and Caleb Serong also looked like they belonged at the top level. Young’s kicking was excellent at times coming out of half back as well as inside 50, while Serong looked composed when he moved into the midfield and showed off some impressive delivery to the forwards.
With David Mundy expected to miss the start of the season, young midfielders Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra both appeared ready to step up once again in 2020, winning plenty of the footy in the contest.
Lachie Schultz was involved in plenty of the action at half forward. He went in hard at the contests and provided the highlight of the game with his spectacular mark and set shot goal in the fourth.
Sam Sturt impressed throughout the contest, especially early with his goal assists leading the White's opening two goals.
Just days after the birth of his daughter, Taylin Duman was in great form down back with some impressive contested marks.
After taking a knock to the shoulder in the opening quarter, Sean Darcy came off and did not return as a precaution. He was monitored by Fremantle's strength and conditioning staff and was not sent for scans.
In his first kick in for the day, Hayden Young played on and delivered perfectly to Nat Fyfe 60 metres away on the half back flank. It kicked off an end-to-end passage that resulted in a Matthew Taberner goal.
Lachie Schultz will likely be reminding Brett Bewley of this for some time, with Schultz flying over his good mate and taking a one handed grab 35m out. He finished off the play with a goal from the set shot.
You could pick from any three moments in the opening two periods where Frederick drew gasps form the crowd as he danced around his opponents on the wing. Fredericks lone goal of the day came from a strong Hugh Dixon contested mark, who delivered expertly to Taberner inside 50. A chip to Frederick and goal finished off the play.
Conca to coast
With Reece Conca taking the kick in, the White team were able to go coast to coast in the fourth quarter. Conca went straight down the guts to Fyfe who gathered and handed off to Serong. Quick hands from Lobb and Walters led to Matera running into an open goal.