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Adelaide vs Fremantle

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2SF   Venue: Football Park   Date: Fri, 14-09-2012 8:10 pm   Crowd: 31,742  
Adelaide 1.3.94.7.318.9.5712.9.81 C:  Brenton Sanderson
Fremantle 4.1.257.2.448.4.5211.5.71 C:  Ross Lyon
  FREO by 16FREO by 13ADEL by 5ADEL by 10  

Match Report

Adelaide has advanced to A preliminary final with a come-from-behind win over Fremantle at Football Park on Friday night. In a sudden-death semi final, the Crows were jumped in the first quarter, and Fremantle kicked the first three goals of the match through Chris Mayne (twice) and Michael Walters.

A goal to Jason Porplyzia, one of the few Crows to stand up to the Dockers' early onslaught, steadied the Crows momentarily before Walters also kicked a second and Fremantle took a 16-point lead into the first break. The term was reminiscent of the Dockers' opening term the previous week, in which they stunned a shell-shocked Geelong, before holding off the fast-finishing Cats.

It remained to be seen whether Fremantle could repeat the effort, and keep the Crows at bay in front of a parochial Adelaide crowd. And until early in the third quarter, it looked as though that would indeed be the case. Fremantle kicked three of the first four goals of the second term and the margin blew out to 27 points at the 16-minute mark. Despite a goal to Adelaide's Dangerfield, the Dockers looked like heading into the main break with a 19-point lead, until Taylor Walker, who had struggled for most of the first half, kicked a long post-siren goal from the boundary line to give the Crows' fans hope at half-time.

That goal appeared to be the spark Walker needed and the “man with the mullet” also kicked the first two of the second half, reducing the gap between the sides to just two points. Thereafter the game become a classic finals arm-wrestle. A goal to Matthew Wright gave the Crows the lead for the first time at the 17-minute mark before Nathan Fyfe gave the ascendancy back to the Dockers three minutes later. Kurt Tippett kicked his first soon after and the Crows went into the final break holding a lead of five points.

The general consensus at three-quarter time was that Fremantle had fought valiantly but that the Crows were about to grab this match by the throat and go on with the job. But Ross Lyon's men had other ideas, and goals to Nick Suban and Matthew Pavlich, who had been well held all night by Ben Rutten, saw the Dockers lead by seven points after the first two minutes of the final term.

But not to be denied, the Crows kicked the next four through Bernie Vince, Porplyzia and two more to Walker. A consolation goal to Walters saw the margin cut back to ten points, but Adelaide held firm to record a very good tight win.

The Crows meet a red-hot Hawthorn next Saturday. An unlikely victory against the Hawks would see the Crows through to their third Grand Final, and first since 1998.

The game was won at both ends of the ground, by Walker at full-foward with his five-goal haul and Ben Rutten, who, I keeping Pavlich quiet, covered the loss of the injured Daniel Talia brilliantly. Mundy and Johnson were amongst the best for Fremantle, who would be relatively pleased with a semi-final appearance in Ross Lyon's first season at the helm.

Analysis of the game reveals some remarkable similarities between it and the only other time these two teams have met in a final, the 2nd Qualifying Final in 2006. In that match, also played at AAMI Stadium, the Dockers also kicked the first three goals. The quarter-time scores were virtually identical (Adel 1.3 v Frem 4.2 in 2006, Adel 1.3 v Frem 4.1 in 2012) and in both matches Adelaide wore the Dockers down before gaining the lead early in the final quarter, not to be headed again. Matthew Pavlich's influence was also somewhat limited in 2006. He had eight possessions and kicked two goals then, compared to his 10-possession, one-goal game on Friday.

GOALS
Adelaide: Walker 5; Porplyzia 3; Dangerfield, Wright, Tippett, Vince
Fremantle: Mayne, Walters 3; Ballantyne, Ibbotson, Fyfe, Suban, Pavlich

BEST - THE AGE
Adelaide: Porplyzia, Rutten, Smith, Sloane, Walker, S Thompson, Dangerfield
Fremantle: Mundy, Johnson, Mayne, Fyfe, Duffield, Walters

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Adelaide: Walker, Smith, Rutten, Scott Thompson, Porplyzia, Vince, Reilly
Fremantle: Mundy, Johnson, Walters, Barlow, Duffield, Fyfe, Sandilands

COACHES' COMMENTS
Brenton Sanderson (Adel): At times we still blazed away in attack. After half-time we were able to hit our free targets a bit more... and make them defend. [Taylor Walker's] whole game was outstanding. We were able to move the ball as we had planned during the week and I also thought we defended a lot better. Rutten's game on Pavlich was outstanding. Michael Doughty is playing some great footy. He was really holding that group back there together. [Brodie] Smith was so composed for a kid playing on the big stage. We will certainly be hard to beat if we can replicate that form.

Ross Lyon (Frem): That's footy. If you don't play out the four quarters you miss an opportunity. I thought Adelaide persisted until it turned their way. We fought back in the fourth but they just had a bit more polish with the ball when required. [The scheduling of the match] is irrelevant. We are not into excuses. We wouldn't have been talking about scheduling if we had have been a bit more organised and a bit more polished. I think you've got to give credit to the opposition. They finished top four for a reason. We're looking pretty health. We've evolved; we've improved; the leadership group has grown.

UMPIRES: Nicholls, Meredith, McInerney

Match stats

Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
37 Callinan, Ian 6 2 2 8 0 0 0 2 0 1 29y 269d 25 41
32 Dangerfield, Patrick 5 3 13 18 1 0 0 2 3 1 22y 162d 88 94
11 Doughty, Michael 11 6 4 15 0 0 0 4 1 1 33y 40d 230 46
26 Douglas, Richard 17 9 6 23 0 2 0 0 0 0 25y 221d 113 76
45 Henderson, Ricky 12 6 6 18 0 0 0 0 0 2 24y 3d 41 33
24 Jacobs, Sam 7 3 5 12 0 0 22 2 0 1 24y 157d 59 13
18 Johncock, Graham 6 4 4 10 0 4 0 2 1 0 29y 329d 224 117
14 Mackay, David 9 3 7 16 0 0 0 6 0 2 24y 51d 85 24
23 Petrenko, Jared 7 3 1 8 0 1 0 6 1 2 22y 267d 58 33
40 Porplyzia, Jason 15 11 8 23 3 0 0 5 0 1 27y 292d 109 166
3 Reilly, Brent 16 10 8 24 0 0 0 4 0 1 28y 307d 180 50
25 Rutten, Ben 8 5 3 11 0 0 0 3 0 0 29y 109d 193 8
34 Shaw, Sam 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 21y 162d 14 0
9 Sloane, Rory 11 7 11 22 0 0 0 6 1 1 22y 181d 56 36
33 Smith, Brodie 10 4 10 20 0 0 0 3 1 0 20y 244d 35 6
6 Thompson, Luke 9 4 6 15 0 0 0 2 2 0 21y 219d 13 2
5 Thompson, Scott 15 4 12 27 0 0 0 6 1 2 29y 184d 222 139
4 Tippett, Kurt 5 2 9 14 1 0 5 1 0 0 25y 129d 103 184
7 Van Berlo, Nathan 15 9 2 17 0 0 0 6 0 0 26y 100d 162 55
17 Vince, Bernie 18 6 6 24 1 0 0 1 1 2 26y 348d 107 67
13 Walker, Taylor 10 6 3 13 5 2 0 0 2 0 22y 142d 63 149
47 Wright, Matthew 9 5 9 18 1 0 0 4 2 0 22y 275d 40 33
  Totals 222 112 136 358 12 9 27 65 16 18 25y 190d 2220 1372
Fremantle Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
1 Ballantyne, Hayden 9 0 1 10 1 0 0 2 3 1 25y 60d 65 97
21 Barlow, Michael 13 7 7 20 0 0 0 4 0 0 24y 271d 46 27
30 Clarke, Zac 5 4 3 8 0 0 7 4 0 2 22y 170d 36 19
15 Crowley, Ryan 6 1 2 8 0 2 0 6 0 2 28y 193d 139 98
3 Dawson, Zac 1 1 5 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 26y 205d 95 6
40 de Boer, Matt 3 3 11 14 0 0 0 6 1 0 22y 188d 76 29
41 Duffield, Paul 17 3 3 20 0 0 0 2 2 0 27y 222d 111 23
7 Fyfe, Nat 13 3 6 19 1 0 0 6 1 2 20y 362d 50 36
32 Hill, Stephen 8 3 4 12 0 1 0 3 1 0 22y 136d 89 53
5 Ibbotson, Garrick 12 5 1 13 1 0 0 1 1 0 24y 183d 102 20
37 Johnson, Michael 16 7 6 22 0 0 0 2 0 0 27y 330d 149 54
23 Mayne, Chris 9 6 4 13 3 0 0 3 3 0 23y 317d 81 100
9 McPhee, Adam 16 7 5 21 0 0 0 0 1 1 29y 344d 223 112
16 Mundy, David 22 5 8 30 0 0 0 3 2 1 27y 56d 164 64
13 Mzungu, Tendai 9 6 5 14 0 0 0 4 0 0 26y 199d 38 24
29 Pavlich, Matthew 6 6 4 10 1 0 0 2 0 1 30y 258d 279 558
46 Pearce, Clancee 11 5 3 14 0 0 0 5 0 1 21y 327d 50 29
31 Sandilands, Aaron 2 2 5 7 0 0 30 0 1 1 29y 283d 183 72
36 Silvagni, Alex 7 4 2 9 0 0 0 5 0 2 24y 351d 29 5
34 Spurr, Lee 4 0 5 9 0 0 0 2 0 2 25y 49d 13 0
8 Suban, Nick 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 22y 128d 62 18
38 Walters, Michael 12 6 3 15 3 1 0 4 2 0 21y 251d 21 36
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  Totals 203 84 93 296 11 5 38 65 18 16 25y 122d 2101 1480

Match highlights

Chris Mayne kicked his 100th career V/AFL goal: Fremantle vs. Adelaide (AFL, Premiership Season, 2SF)
Adam McPhee played his last game for Fremantle (AFL, Premiership Season, 2SF)

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.