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Melbourne vs Fremantle

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Round: 4   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sat, 15-04-2017 1:45 pm   Crowd: 27,829  
Melbourne 2.5.179.7.619.10.6415.14.104 C:  Simon Goodwin
Fremantle 3.2.206.4.4013.8.8616.10.106 C:  Ross Lyon
  FREO by 3MELB by 21FREO by 22FREO by 2  
Weather
min temp  11.8°C      max temp  17.3°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  52%    air pressure  1020.5mb
wind speed 9km/h      wind direction  SSW
Brownlow Medal 3 Lachie Neale (FREO)2 Nat Fyfe (FREO)1 David Mundy (FREO)

Match Report

In an Easter Saturday thriller, the Fremantle Dockers have come from behind to record an upset in over Melbourne at the MCG. The Demons went into the match as very warm favourites and appeared to have the match in their keeping, leading by 27 points shortly before the long break. But a goal from Lachie Neale after the half-time siren gave Fremantle a sniff, and the Dockers took control of the match with a seven-goal-to-nil third term. Melbourne fought back to hit the front late in the final quarter, but a last-gasp goal from Cam McCarthy saw Fremantle home by two points.

Melbourne started the match the stronger, but couldn't capitalise, with Tomas Bugg and Mitch Hannan both missing shots. When the Dockers got their chance they took it, with Shane Kersten kicking accurately to give them a four-point lead. Jake Spencer got the Demons going with a strong mark and goal to put Melbourne two points ahead. More misses followed and it was Melbourne 1.4 to 1.0 half way through the first quarter. The Dockers then got on top and goals to Cam McCarthy and David Mundy gave them a lead of nine points, but some good clearance work from Clayton Oliver saw Jack Watts mark and goal early in time on and it was Fremantle by just three points at quarter time.

The match remained an even affair in the early stages of the second quarter, with a goal to Melbourne's James Harmes met with a reply from Lachie Neale of the Dockers, and a goal to Dean Kent answered by a mark and goal to David Mundy. Midway through the quarter a major to Jeff Garlett set the Demons off on a run of goals, with Christian Petracca, Alex Neal-Bullen, Harmes and Garlett again giving them a game-high 27-point lead. Melbourne looked in control but a last-second mark and goal after the siren to Neale cut the margin to 21 points and the Dockers faint hope as they went to the half-time break. 

Melbourne had a chance to stamp its authority on the match when James Harmes marked at the three-minute mark of the third quarter but his shot missed to the right. That left the door ajar for the Dockers and they charged right through it, slamming on seven consecutive goals, two more to Lachie Neale and one each to skipper Nat Fyfe, Mundy, Harley Balic, Michael Walters and Hayden Crozier. After being 21 points down at the half, Fremantle amazingly turned for home with a 22-point lead. 

The Demons desperately needed the first goal of the final term, and Jack Watts delivered with a strong mark and goal after just one minute. Jake Spencer followed up with a big pack mark and his straight kick had Melbourne back within 10 points after three minutes. Stephen Hill settled the Dockers with a goal at the 10-minute mark, but the Demons came again, and majors to Petracca and Garlett had them within three points.

Brady Grey relieved for the Dockers with a goal at the 23-minute mark but the Christian Salem and Jack Viney responded of the Dees, and they were back in front with 27 minutes gone. It looked like Melbourne would scrape home but the Dockers cleared from the centre bounce and a long kick from Ed Langdon spilled off the back to the goal square, with McCarthy managing to get his boot to it and put Fremantle back in front. Melbourne had one final chance to grab the lead but a shot from Harmes just missed and the Dockers held on to win by two. 

Neale was outstanding for the victors, with 22 possessions to go with his four goals, while Clayton Oliver played another great game for Melbourne, collecting 26 touches and laying eight tackles. 

The Dockers will look to make it three wins in a row when they host North Melbourne next Saturday night, while Melbourne will have a tough assignment at the MCG on Monday night, ANZAC Day eve, when it meets the undefeated Richmond. 

GOALS
Melbourne: Garlett 3; Harmes, Spencer, Petracca 2; Watts, Kent, Neal-Bullen, Watts, Salem, Viney
Fremantle: Neale 4; Mundy 3; McCarthy 2; Kersten, Fyfe, Balic, Walters, Crozier, S.Hill, Grey

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Melbourne: Oliver, Tyson, Petracca, Watts, Harmes, Garlett
Fremantle: Mundy, Sandilands, Fyfe, Weller, Neale, S.Hill

BEST - THE AGE
Melbourne: Oliver, Tyson, Salem, Petracca, Harmes, Garlett
Fremantle: Neale, Mundy, Fyfe, Weller, Sandilands, McCarthy, Blakely

INJURIES
Melbourne: Nil
Fremantle: S.Hill (corked thigh)

UMPIRES: Stevic, Harris, Mitchell 

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Anthony Hudson, Gerard Healy, Danny Frawley, Cameron Mooney

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
32 Bugg, Tomas 6 3 16 22 0 1 0 4 2 0 24y 10d 84 23
17 Frost, Sam 9 6 7 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 23y 230d 41 7
36 Garlett, Jeff 9 5 6 15 3 1 0 8 1 0 27y 255d 150 262
19 Hannan, Mitch 9 5 3 12 0 1 0 0 2 0 23y 37d 4 3
43 Harmes, James 12 8 7 19 2 2 0 2 1 1 21y 192d 30 18
29 Hunt, Jayden 10 4 8 18 0 0 0 2 0 0 22y 12d 23 4
39 Jetta, Neville 5 3 7 12 0 0 0 4 3 0 27y 62d 98 23
2 Jones, Nathan 8 1 10 18 0 0 0 8 1 1 29y 85d 227 108
16 Kent, Dean 10 6 6 16 1 1 0 1 0 1 23y 50d 54 52
25 McDonald, Tom 15 6 6 21 0 0 0 0 0 2 24y 209d 108 8
18 Melksham, Jake 10 3 0 10 0 1 0 3 0 1 25y 229d 118 57
30 Neal-Bullen, Alex 12 3 12 24 1 0 0 5 0 0 21y 96d 19 11
13 Oliver, Clayton 9 3 17 26 0 0 0 8 3 2 19y 267d 17 6
5 Petracca, Christian 9 4 11 20 2 0 0 4 0 1 21y 101d 21 18
3 Salem, Christian 14 4 9 23 1 0 0 2 1 0 21y 274d 34 10
33 Spencer, Jake 6 4 7 13 2 0 15 3 3 3 27y 188d 37 8
15 Stretch, Billy 5 2 11 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 20y 219d 31 7
12 Tyson, Dom 18 9 10 28 0 1 0 5 0 2 23y 311d 74 38
23 Vince, Bernie 17 6 8 25 0 0 0 1 1 0 31y 195d 196 111
7 Viney, Jack 6 4 10 16 1 1 0 8 2 1 23y 2d 74 20
4 Watts, Jack 8 5 6 14 2 2 7 2 0 0 26y 20d 141 128
26 Weideman, Sam 3 1 2 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 19y 293d 7 6
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 210 95 179 389 15 14 22 72 21 15 24y 2d 1588 928
Fremantle Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
24 Balic, Harley 8 4 7 15 1 0 0 5 0 1 20y 100d 2 1
19 Blakely, Connor 9 3 14 23 0 0 0 2 3 0 21y 44d 20 2
17 Crozier, Hayden 7 2 2 9 1 0 0 6 0 0 23y 112d 52 34
7 Fyfe, Nat 11 6 14 25 1 1 0 4 2 3 25y 209d 121 107
28 Grey, Brady 5 1 1 6 1 0 0 7 0 2 21y 269d 5 2
21 Hamling, Joel 2 3 6 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 24y 6d 27 0
9 Hill, Bradley 12 7 7 19 0 2 0 3 1 1 23y 280d 99 60
32 Hill, Stephen 10 2 8 18 1 0 0 3 0 0 26y 349d 176 106
15 Hughes, Ethan 14 5 3 17 0 0 0 3 1 0 22y 129d 8 0
5 Ibbotson, Garrick 2 3 6 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 29y 31d 171 22
37 Johnson, Michael 9 5 9 18 0 0 5 3 1 1 32y 177d 213 63
22 Kersten, Shane 8 5 6 14 1 0 0 2 0 1 24y 31d 41 45
26 Langdon, Ed 10 4 4 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 73d 19 9
2 Logue, Griffin 4 1 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 19y 2d 2 0
23 McCarthy, Cam 15 6 5 20 2 3 0 2 0 0 22y 14d 25 41
16 Mundy, David 9 3 14 23 3 0 0 7 1 0 31y 269d 255 103
27 Neale, Lachie 11 4 11 22 4 1 0 6 3 0 23y 326d 96 49
31 Sandilands, Aaron 2 5 12 14 0 0 53 2 1 4 34y 130d 248 92
11 Sheridan, Tommy 6 5 5 11 0 0 0 4 1 0 23y 169d 61 20
34 Spurr, Lee 12 2 6 18 0 0 0 3 0 2 29y 262d 108 5
10 Walters, Michael 13 5 7 20 1 0 0 3 1 3 26y 98d 98 182
14 Weller, Lachie 14 4 13 27 0 1 0 2 0 2 21y 51d 29 14
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 193 85 162 355 16 10 58 73 15 21 24y 325d 1876 957

Match highlights

Aaron Sandilands had 53 hitouts for Fremantle vs. Melbourne (AFL, Premiership Season, R4)
Jeff Garlett played his 150th V/AFL game: Melbourne vs. Fremantle (AFL, Premiership Season, R4)

Footnotes

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