How did Freo’s efforts against Hawthorn rank in club history? When you have Sean Darcy in your team, they rank pretty well!

Too big…
After an Aaron Sandilands-calibre effort in the ruck last week, Sean Darcy has continued to put his name up alongside the Club greats.
With six contested marks, Darcy was one off a club-record of seven held by Luke McPharlin, Matthew Pavlich, Adam McPhee and Matt Taberner. His six bring him alongside the likes of captain Nat Fyfe and senior coach Justin Longmuir.

Player

Opponent

Date

CM

L.McPharlin

16-May-04

Hawthorn

7

M.Pavlich

08-Jun-08

Brisbane

7

A.McPhee

10-Jul-10

Richmond

7

M.Taberner

07-May-17

Essendon

7

S.Darcy

10-Jul-21

Hawthorn

6

C.Waterhouse

01-Aug-99

Hawthorn

6

L.McPharlin

13-Jul-02

North Melbourne

6

J.Longmuir

04-May-03

Essendon

6

G.Polak

24-May-03

Melbourne

6

M.Pavlich

22-Sep-06

Sydney

6

N.Fyfe

06-May-18

Richmond

6


Too strong…

Darcy’s six contested marks contributed to his 16 contested possessions, which was a career high.

…too intercepty?
Another element to Darcy’s aerial efforts was that most of his marks were cutting off opposition kicks. His seven intercept marks were more than any other Freo ruck, and any other Freo player 200cm or taller for that matter.

Player

Opponent

Date

IM

S.Darcy

Hawthorn

10-Jul-21

7

R.Lobb

Brisbane

26-May-19

6

Z.Clarke

Richmond

21-Jul-13

5


Speaking of tall Freo players, Darcy’s 25 disposals ranked equal-fifth for Freo players 200cm or taller.

D.Bandy

04-Jun-99

Melbourne

31

A.Sandilands

25-Jul-09

West Coast

30

D.Bandy

15-Aug-99

Brisbane

27

J.Griffin

02-Jul-11

Gold Coast

26

S.Darcy

10-Jul-21

Hawthorn

25

D.Bandy

06-Apr-97

Hawthorn

25

D.Bandy

04-Jun-00

St Kilda

25

A.Sandilands

29-Jun-08

Essendon

25

A.Sandilands

09-May-09

Carlton

25

A.Sandilands

27-Jun-09

Collingwood

25

A.Sandilands

14-May-10

Collingwood

25


And finally, according to AFL Player Ratings, Darcy has now put together back-to-back career-best games.

We could get used to this
Freo have a midfield capable of producing something special in the coming seasons, and if they do, we might look back at this game as the birth of one of the great Freo engine rooms.
In terms of disposals, the sextet of Nat Fyfe (31), David Mundy (30), Andrew Brayshaw (32), Adam Cerra (26), Caleb Serong (30) and Sean Darcy (25) smashed their career-best for disposals as a group.
With 174 disposals, the group collected 22 touches more than their next-best against Essendon in round nine.
The group also averaged 29 disposals against North Melbourne in round six, however Adam Cerra missed that game due to injury.

Disposals

No. Players

Average

Opponent

Date

174

6

29.0

Hawthorn

10-Jul-21

152

6

25.3

Essendon

16-May-21

151

6

25.2

GWS

28-Mar-21

145

5

29.0

North Melbourne

24-Apr-21

143

6

23.8

Hawthorn

10-Aug-20

 

A career best performance?
Caleb Serong’s 30 disposals was five off his incredible 35 against North Melbourne, however against the Hawks, he was much more involved in the guts.
Against the Hawks, he had a career-high 10 clearances and matched his 17 contested possessions from the Kangaroos game. He also had a career-high eight inside 50s.

His 10 clearances were the second-most for a Fremantle player aged 20 and under. Note, Serong's nine clearances against Collingwood in 2020 as a 19-year-old was with shortened quarters.

Player Date Opponent Age Clearances
P.Hasleby 21-Apr-01 West Coast 19 11
P.Hasleby 26-Mar-00 Essendon 18 10
C.Serong 10-Jul-21 Hawthorn 20 10
P.Hasleby 08-Apr-00 Melbourne 18 9
C.Serong 02-Aug-20 Collingwood 19 9


Thirty and two
David Mundy’s day out was the 53rd time a Fremantle player has had at least 30 disposals to go with at least two goals in a game.
It was only the third time he has achieved the feat in his career, and the second time this season alongside his 30 disposals and three goals against North Melbourne. Not bad for a 35-year-old.

Milestone man
With 31 touches, it was the 53rd time Nat Fyfe has had 30 disposals or more in a game.
It was also the 165th time out of his 200 games that he’s had at least 10 contested possessions.
Fyfe’s 22 pressure acts was the equal-most for Freo (alongside Lachie Schultz), something he’s now done 58 times in his career.
With 108 AFL Fantasy points, Fyfe cleared the 100-point barrier for the 70th time in his career.

Spoiler alert
Griffin Logue continued to step into the roles left by Joel Hamling and Brennan Cox, who both rank as the top two defenders for spoils at Freo.
After racking up a career-high 11 spoils against Collingwood, Logue backed up the effort with 10 against Hawthorn.

Adam’s assists
Adam Cerra may not have hit the scoreboard but he certainly had an impact. On three occasions, his play led directly to a goal with his three goals assists being a career-high.

Raise the bat
It was the first time Fremantle have scored more than 100 points under Justin Longmuir, although to be fair to JL, Freo did put up 99 points against North Melbourne under the shorter quarters in 2020.
It was also the first time Freo have scored more than 100 points in 43 games (since R13, 2019 against Port Adelaide) and their highest score since Round 1, 2019 against North Melbourne, 55 games ago.

Quick stats
It was Freo’s ninth biggest win away from home.
It was Freo’s equal-sixth lowest score conceded away from home.
Alongside the 1997 season, it is the second time Fremantle have had a record of eight wins and eight losses after 16 games.
Rory Lobb’s four goals equalled his career-high. He also had a career-high in scoring shots, kicking 4.3.
Bailey Banfield's three goals was his first multiple-goal game in his AFL career.
As well as his two goals, Josh Treacy had six tackles - which is the most from his 10 games to date and scary for opposition defenders.