|Brownlow Medal||3 Lachie Neale (FREO)||2 Nat Fyfe (FREO)||1 David Mundy (FREO)|
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.
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
Fremantle: S.Hill (corked thigh)
UMPIRES: Stevic, Harris, Mitchell
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy
COMMENTATORS: Anthony Hudson, Gerard Healy, Danny Frawley, Cameron Mooney
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.
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|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|
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|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|
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|33||Spencer, Jake||6||4||7||13||2||0||15||3||3||3||27y 188d||37||8|
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|26||Weideman, Sam||3||1||2||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||19y 293d||7||6|
|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|
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|28||Grey, Brady||5||1||1||6||1||0||0||7||0||2||21y 269d||5||2|
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|22||Kersten, Shane||8||5||6||14||1||0||0||2||0||1||24y 31d||41||45|
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|23||McCarthy, Cam||15||6||5||20||2||3||0||2||0||0||22y 14d||25||41|
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|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|
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|14||Weller, Lachie||14||4||13||27||0||1||0||2||0||2||21y 51d||29||14|