Forward Rory Lobb says Fremantle are not underestimating the challenge or the importance of their Thursday night home game against Geelong at Optus Stadium.
The blockbuster clash can shape the finals at both ends of the eight. Geelong currently sit third and are four points off top spot, while Freo will finish round 17 in either seventh or eighth depending on the result of Monday night’s clash between West Coast and North Melbourne.
After a convincing 62-point win against Hawthorn, Lobb said it was time for Fremantle to start delivering against the AFL’s top teams.
“If we bring out effort and energy every week like (Fremantle did against Hawthorn) and play a four-quarter game - which at times this year we haven't – we go a long way to challenging those sides,” Lobb told 6PR.
“It will be a big test this week against a top for side in Geelong and we'll see where we're at. But if we bring that four-quarter effort out there, I feel like we can really compete against the best.”
Lobb starred against Hawthorn with four goals from a career-high seven scoring shots.
The 206cm big-man was one of five players to kick multiple goals, alongside forwards Bailey Banfield (three), Josh Treacy (two) and Sam Switkowski (two).
He said that Freo cracking the 100-point mark for the first time under senior coach Justin Longmuir was a result of the group working well together.
“We like to think we’re a very selfless forward line. Whoever is kicking the goals doesn't really matter,” Lobb said.
“We want to play in role and shape and those boys play their role really well with their pressure and chase.
“Obviously Banners (Banfield) coming back, (he) was pretty unlucky at the start of the year with his ankle, but he's been working really hard to get back into the ones and it was great to have him out there.”
Lobb took eight marks for the game, including five inside 50, and credited Freo’s quick ball movement for making his life easy up forward.
“I feel like we really took the contest when we needed to and we were able to speed up off those contests,” Lobb said.
“Our forwards were able to be in space and it gave us a really good look going forward. Last week (against Carlton), we didn’t take those contests when we needed to and it really worked this week.”
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