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Western Bulldogs vs Fremantle

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Round: 2   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 06-04-2013 2:10 pm   Crowd: 19,210  
Western Bulldogs 1.1.75.5.357.7.4911.12.78 C:  Brendan McCartney
Fremantle 6.2.389.6.6013.9.8716.10.106 C:  Ross Lyon
  FREO by 31FREO by 25FREO by 38FREO by 28  
Brownlow Medal 3 Tom Liberatore (WBULL)2 Nat Fyfe (FREO)1 Ryan Crowley (FREO)

Match Report

Fremantle gave notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013 with a strong away win against the improved Western Bulldogs on Saturday. The win gave the Dockers a 2-0 start to the season, along with six other sides.

With both sides coming off convincing round one wins, an early break would likely be a key to the side who could obtain it, and so it proved to be as Fremantle jumped the Bulldogs with ferocious attacks on the ball, and manic defending all over the ground. The Dogs, who had faced nothing like such opposition the previous week against Brisbane, were found unprepared, and Fremantle kicked the first five goals of the match to establish a match-winning 31-point lead at the first change.

From that point on, the Western Bulldogs gradually worked their way into the match, absorbing the Dockers' strangulation tactics and employing some good counter-attacks. At various stages in the second quarter, the Dogs more than matched the stronger, more mature Dockers but they were unable to sustain this for long enough stages to bridge the gap at any stage.

The final margin of 28 points represented a solid win for the Dockers, who have now won their last four matches at the venue. But it also indicated a new-found maturity and fight in the Bulldogs who, faced with similar quarter-time deficits in 2012, were more often than not blown away by big margins.

Fyfe and Crowley were excellent for Fremantle, while Bulldog veteran showed no signs of trouble with his chronic knee and was one if his side's best, along with Will Minson, who dominated the ruck duels.

The Dogs will face unbeaten Richmond in round three, while the Dockers will return home to face top side Essendon on Friday night.

GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 3; Cross, Murphy 2; Cooney, Smith, Lower, Cordy
Fremantle: Walters 3; Bradley, Pavlich, Crozier 2; Fyfe, Mayne, Barlow, Mzungu, Hill, Sutcliffe, de Boer

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Western Bulldogs: Liberatore, Cooney, Lower, Dahlhaus, Minson
Fremantle: Fyfe, Crowley, Walters, McPharlin, Barlow, Mayne

BEST - SPORTAL.COM.AU
Western Bulldogs: Liberatore, Cooney, Minson, Smith, Lower, Cross
Fremantle: Crowley, Fyfe, Mzungu, Griffin, Walters, Pavlich, Barlow

COACHES' COMMENTS
Brendan McCartney (WB): It was nothing structural or tactical [that led to the loss] it was bigger bodies around the ball, willing the ball forward. In the first quarter we had a little bit of a problem keeping the ball in our forward line and when it exited, they hurt us.

Ross Lyon (Frem): We came here to get the four points. Good teams win and we've done that. We started really well. [Against] West Coast we didn't start well, so that was a focus and the players delivered on that.

INJURIES
Western Bulldogs: Nil
Fremantle: Pearce (calf)

SUBSTITUTES
Western Bulldogs: Mitch Wallis replaced by Koby Stevens in the third quarter
Fremantle: Clancee Pearce replaced by Cameron Sutcliffe at three-quarter time

UMPIRES: Ray Chamberlain, Jason Armstrong, Andrew Mitchell

Source

Match report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of AFL Media.

Match stats

Western Bulldogs Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
17 Cooney, Adam 18 5 13 31 1 0 0 3 0 0 27y 188d 184 156
49 Cordy, Ayce 4 1 3 7 1 1 3 0 2 3 22y 243d 16 11
4 Cross, Daniel 11 7 13 24 2 0 0 3 1 2 30y 7d 199 31
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 8 1 4 12 3 2 0 4 2 1 20y 228d 30 29
29 Dickson, Tory 8 1 3 11 0 0 0 3 3 0 25y 192d 19 25
13 Giansiracusa, Daniel 10 3 1 11 0 2 0 1 1 1 31y 26d 232 283
44 Goodes, Brett 13 6 8 21 0 0 0 3 0 1 29y 48d 2 0
16 Griffen, Ryan 10 3 7 17 0 0 0 5 2 0 26y 253d 165 108
7 Higgins, Shaun 8 6 3 11 0 1 0 6 1 2 25y 33d 108 119
39 Johannisen, Jason 6 1 9 15 0 0 0 1 1 1 20y 149d 5 2
19 Jones, Liam 6 4 4 10 0 1 0 0 2 0 22y 41d 39 35
21 Liberatore, Tom 12 3 16 28 0 0 0 11 2 1 20y 325d 35 8
33 Lower, Nick 10 6 1 11 1 0 0 3 0 1 25y 287d 44 10
27 Minson, Will 6 1 10 16 0 0 48 3 3 0 27y 360d 138 66
38 Morris, Dale 6 4 7 13 0 0 0 1 1 0 30y 98d 153 3
2 Murphy, Bob 8 4 5 13 2 1 0 1 0 0 30y 301d 232 158
42 Picken, Liam 14 4 9 23 0 1 2 2 0 1 26y 248d 89 29
23 Roughead, Jordan 6 4 2 8 0 0 0 1 0 2 22y 154d 37 10
14 Smith, Clay 13 7 8 21 1 1 0 5 2 0 19y 330d 18 7
25 Stevens, Koby 7 2 6 13 0 1 0 1 0 1 21y 292d 13 2
3 Wallis, Mitch 9 1 8 17 0 0 0 3 3 1 20y 164d 27 7
31 Young, Tom 11 6 6 17 0 0 0 1 1 1 20y 345d 11 2
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 204 80 146 350 11 12 53 61 27 19 24y 345d 1796 1101
Fremantle Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
21 Barlow, Michael 11 4 8 19 1 0 1 7 1 2 25y 109d 48 29
26 Bradley, Kepler 7 4 3 10 2 0 2 2 1 1 27y 144d 114 84
15 Crowley, Ryan 2 1 2 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 29y 32d 141 99
17 Crozier, Hayden 7 3 1 8 2 0 0 2 3 1 19y 103d 4 2
3 Dawson, Zac 2 1 5 7 0 0 0 4 0 3 27y 43d 97 6
9 de Boer, Matt 4 4 9 13 1 0 0 4 1 1 23y 27d 78 31
41 Duffield, Paul 14 9 4 18 0 0 0 1 0 2 28y 60d 113 23
7 Fyfe, Nat 13 4 12 25 1 0 3 5 0 1 21y 200d 52 37
12 Griffin, Jonathon 9 6 4 13 0 1 23 3 1 1 27y 82d 63 15
32 Hill, Stephen 9 3 7 16 1 0 0 1 0 1 22y 340d 91 54
37 Johnson, Michael 12 7 4 16 0 0 0 2 1 3 28y 168d 151 54
23 Mayne, Chris 6 3 5 11 1 1 0 4 1 3 24y 155d 83 103
18 McPharlin, Luke 21 15 3 24 0 0 0 0 1 2 31y 126d 211 114
16 Mundy, David 9 4 8 17 0 1 0 4 1 1 27y 260d 166 64
13 Mzungu, Tendai 15 9 7 22 1 0 0 2 1 0 27y 37d 40 25
29 Pavlich, Matthew 12 8 3 15 2 3 0 2 3 0 31y 96d 281 560
46 Pearce, Clancee 8 1 7 15 0 0 0 2 2 1 22y 165d 52 29
6 Pearce, Danyle 11 4 5 16 0 1 0 6 1 0 26y 364d 156 78
34 Spurr, Lee 6 5 3 9 0 0 0 4 0 1 25y 253d 15 0
8 Suban, Nick 14 6 6 20 0 1 0 1 1 2 22y 332d 64 21
33 Sutcliffe, Cam 6 5 3 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 20y 318d 6 2
10 Walters, Michael 11 6 3 14 3 1 0 5 0 1 22y 89d 23 42
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 209 112 112 321 16 10 29 63 19 27 25y 209d 2049 1472

Footnotes

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