AFL

Fremantle
13.18.96
Geelong
9.10.64
Full Time

AFL Express: Saturday 17 May

 

So another big Saturday comes and goes where we farewelled a legend in Tommy Hafey and Freo celebrated Matthew Pavlich’s 300th game by convincingly defeating Geelong and reasserting their premiership credentials.

Melbourne were also a big highlight with their stirring 17-point win over Richmond as their renaissance under Paul Roos continued unabated.

And what can you say about the Lions? They are in a really dark place and were probably lucky to lose to North Melbourne by only 87 points given the Kangas had 32 more scoring shots (40-8).

 

AFL analysis

FULL TIME

FREMANTLE    5.3, 7.11, 10.15, 13.18 (96)
GEELONG        0.3, 3.5, 6.7, 9.10 (64)

GOALS
Fremantle: Pavlich 3, Ballantyne 3, Mzungu 2, Fyfe, Duffield, Barlow, Sheridan, D.Pearce
Geelong: Hawkins 3, Varcoe 2, Horlin-Smith, Bartel, Murdoch, Motlop

DISPOSALS
Fremantle: Mundy 34, Hill 29, Fyfe 26, Barlow 26
Geelong: Selwood 35, Horlin-Smith 30, Kelly 30, Guthrie 28

To Geelong’s credit, they kept coming but the Dockers were fantastic tonight and they had all the answers as they celebrated Matthew Pavlich’s historic 300th game in style with a 32-point win.

It was a memorable night for Pavlich who also kicked his 600th career goal.

The Cats managed to get within 19 points in the final term and had a sniff after trailing by as many as 39 points late in the third quarter.

But Fremantle managed to keep Geelong at arm’s length all night and five goals separated the two sides at every change.

In fairness, Freo could have won by a lot more given they had 12 more scoring shots (31-19).

The Dockers’ famed pressure was on song tonight and they did what many sides struggle to do – smash Geelong in the clinches.

Freo convincingly won the contested possessions (162-120) and clearances (45-29) while they also enjoyed a whole lot more inside 50s (56-41).

Those numbers are almost unheard of for Geelong to be on the receiving end of.

Fittingly, Pavlich was one of his side’s best in his milestone game while Mundy, Hill, Fyfe, Barlow, Ballantyne, Mzungu and Crowley all starred too.

For the Cats, Selwood led from the front as usual and he found support in the form of Hawkins, Horlin-Smith, Kelly and Guthrie.

The Dockers are now up to fifth on the ladder while the Cats blew a chance to regain top spot and remain third.

goal

Q4 28 MIN, FRE 96 GEEL 64

Danyle Pearce puts some icing on the cake with a classy finish on the run from 40m out.

Eight seconds left.

AFL behind

Q4 25 MIN, FRE 90 GEEL 64

Danyle Pearce kicks it to Ballantyne who baulks Horlin-Smith, runs on to his right foot but the snap shot doesn't split the big sticks

2:17 to go.

AFL behind

Q4 24 MIN, FRE 89 GEEL 64

Steve Johnson's checkside attempt on goal is punched through for a point by Mzungu.

2:56 to go.

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AFL behind

Q4 23 MIN, FRE 89 GEEL 63

Pavlich's shot from outside 50m misses to the right.

3:48 to go.

Q4 22 MIN, FRE 88 GEEL 63

Clarke's snap around the corner from 30m hits the behind post on the full.

4:08 to go.

goal

Q4 21 MIN, FRE 88 GEEL 63

Pavlich's little chip finds Sheridan 40m out from goal who marks strongly in front of Varcoe.

Sheridan lines them up and probably kicks the sealer!

4:29 to go.

goal

Q4 20 MIN, FRE 82 GEEL 63

Duncan hits up Taylor just inside the 50m arc, Taylor pinpoints it to Motlop who plays on and kicks a neat checkside punt on the run from 20m out!

Game on!

5:41 left on the clock

AFL behind

Q4 17 MIN, FRE 82 GEEL 57

Danyle Pearce's mongrel punt luckily finds Pavlich on the 50m line on a slight angle.

The 300-gamer goes back, unloads but his shot on goal is touched on the line!

7:35 left on the clock.

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AFL behind

Q4 16 MIN, FRE 81 GEEL 57

Hawkins tries to handball it over to Hunt in the goal square but the Freo defender rushes a behind.

9:00 to go.

Q4 15 MIN, FRE 81 GEEL 56

38,565 fans at Patersons Stadium

9:54 to go

AFL free kick

Q4 13 MIN, FRE 81 GEEL 56

That's gotta really frustrate Chris Scott.

Steve Johnson gives away a silly free kick for hitting Barlow in the head when the umpire was about to ball it up 50m out from Geelong's goal.

goal

Q4 11 MIN, FRE 81 GEEL 56

Guthrie hits Hawkins on the chest and from 50m out the Tomahawk roosts it over the goal umpire's hat! Fantastic kick.

11:27 left on the clock.

goal

Q4 7 MIN, FRE 81 GEEL 50

De Boer handballs it to Barlow who drills the goal from 40m out.

That makes Steve Johnson's missed shot on goal hurt even more.

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AFL behind

Q4 6 MIN, FRE 75 GEEL 50

Hawkins' centring kick is a beauty and finds Steve Johnson 40m out but he pulls his set shot.

goal

Q4 4 MIN, FRE 75 GEEL 49

Horlin-Smith chips it over to Varcoe who drills a ripper from 50m out on the run under some pressure.

AFL analysis

THREE-QUARTER TIME

FREMANTLE    5.3, 7.11, 10.15 (75)
GEELONG         0.3, 3.5, 6.7 (43)

Goals
Fremantle: Pavlich 3, Ballantyne 3, Mzungu 2, Fyfe, Duffield
Geelong: Hawkins 2, Varcoe, Horlin-Smith, Bartel, Murdoch

Disposals
Fremantle: Mundy 25, Hill 23, Fyfe 20, Barlow 20
Geelong: Selwood 27, Horlin-Smith 23, Kelly 23

The third quarter was very similar to the second.

The Cats came at the Dockers and got to within 20 points midway through, but the visitors continue to sturggle to get within touching distance of the hosts.

Freo responded with the next three goals to open up a game-high 39-point lead and the margin at the final change is very similar to quarter-time and half-time differentials.

Chris Scott’s men would feel fairly aggrieved though because when they trailed by just 20 points, Rivers appeared to be infringed by Clarke who applied illegal front-on contact but the umpire paid no free kick and Duffield kicked the first of three goals in a row as a result.

It changed the momentum completely and possibly has cost Geelong four premiership points.

AFL behind

Q3 31 MIN, FRE 75 GEEL 43

Motlop turns Sutcliffe inside out, has a ping from the boundary 45m out but can't convert.

goal

Q3 28 MIN, FRE 75 GEEL 42

Murdoch's roost from 45m out under pressure on a tough angle yields an outstanding goal for the Cats.

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Match Tracker

Fremantle
Geelong
Q1
5.3.33
0.3.3

    Fremantle Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, M.Pavlich
  • 4 mins - Goal, T.Mzungu
  • 7 mins - Goal, N.Fyfe
  • 15 mins - Behind, H.Ballantyne
  • 18 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 20 mins - Goal, M.Pavlich
  • 24 mins - Behind, T.Mzungu
  • 27 mins - Goal, T.Mzungu

    Fremantle and Geelong Events

  • 5 mins - Behind, J.Bartel
  • 9 mins - Behind, J.Bartel
  • 15 mins - Rushed Behind
Q2
7.11.53
3.5.23

    Fremantle Events

  • 4 mins - Behind, T.Mzungu
  • 4 mins - Behind, M.Barlow
  • 12 mins - Behind, M.Pavlich
  • 15 mins - Goal, H.Ballantyne
  • 18 mins - Behind, M.Barlow
  • 20 mins - Behind, N.Fyfe
  • 22 mins - Goal, M.Pavlich
  • 24 mins - Behind, A.Sandilands
  • 24 mins - Behind, Z.Clarke
  • 29 mins - Behind, D.Pearce

    Fremantle and Geelong Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 6 mins - Goal, T.Varcoe
  • 17 mins - Behind, M.Duncan
  • 18 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 28 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
Q3
10.15.75
6.7.43

    Fremantle Events

  • 6 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 7 mins - Behind, S.Hill
  • 17 mins - Goal, P.Duffield
  • 19 mins - Goal, H.Ballantyne
  • 21 mins - Behind, N.Suban
  • 25 mins - Behind, M.Pavlich
  • 26 mins - Goal, H.Ballantyne

    Fremantle and Geelong Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, G.Horlin-Smith
  • 15 mins - Goal, J.Bartel
  • 24 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 28 mins - Goal, J.Murdoch
  • 32 mins - Behind, S.Motlop
Q4
13.18.96
9.10.64

    Fremantle Events

  • 7 mins - Goal, M.Barlow
  • 17 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 21 mins - Goal, T.Sheridan
  • 23 mins - Behind, M.Pavlich
  • 25 mins - Behind, H.Ballantyne
  • 28 mins - Goal, D.Pearce

    Fremantle and Geelong Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, T.Varcoe
  • 6 mins - Behind, S.Johnson
  • 11 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 16 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 19 mins - Goal, S.Motlop
  • 25 mins - Rushed Behind

Scorers

Fremantle
Geelong
Goal Scorers Fremantle Geelong
Goals and Behinds Pavlich (3.3), Ballantyne (3.2), Mzungu (2.2), Barlow (1.2), Fyfe (1.1), Pearce (1.1), Duffield (1.0), Sheridan (1.0), Clarke (0.1), Hill (0.1), Sandilands (0.1), Suban (0.1) Hawkins (3.0), Varcoe (2.0), Bartel (1.2), Motlop (1.1), Horlin-Smith (1.0), Murdoch (1.0), Duncan (0.1), Johnson (0.1)

Team Statistics

Fremantle
Geelong

Statistics

Fremantle Geelong
Goals 13 9
Behinds 18 10
Scoring shots 33 19
Goals/scoring shots 39 47
Disposals 396 383
FremantleGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
H.Ballantyne 12 10 2 2 3 4 1 0 0 2
M.Barlow 26 15 4 11 12 3 1 1 1 8
Z.Clarke 16 9 4 7 3 4 0 2 18 1
R.Crowley 18 10 3 8 6 3 1 1 0 1
Z.Dawson 7 1 1 6 2 5 0 0 0 0
M.de Boer 13 4 2 9 7 1 1 1 0 3
P.Duffield 13 12 3 1 4 3 0 0 0 0
N.Fyfe 25 13 7 12 13 6 1 3 2 4
S.Hill 29 16 1 13 13 3 0 1 0 5
M.Johnson 22 13 4 9 8 2 0 0 0 0
C.Mayne 10 2 1 8 5 6 1 2 0 2
D.Mundy 34 13 4 21 15 2 1 0 1 6
T.Mzungu 23 16 8 7 10 0 1 0 0 2
L.Neale 18 7 4 11 7 1 0 0 0 3
M.Pavlich 16 11 6 5 8 0 1 1 0 0
D.Pearce 21 12 1 9 9 0 1 0 0 1
A.Sandilands 16 2 4 14 12 5 0 2 26 5
T.Sheridan 14 5 3 9 7 3 1 0 0 2
A.Silvagni 8 4 4 4 3 2 0 0 0 0
L.Spurr 18 13 5 5 5 2 1 1 0 0
N.Suban 19 10 1 9 6 2 1 1 0 1
C.Sutcliffe 18 12 7 6 3 1 0 0 0 0
GeelongGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
J.Bartel 19 13 5 6 7 4 2 1 0 1
J.Bews 15 10 8 5 4 5 0 0 0 0
M.Blicavs 11 7 6 4 2 3 0 0 2 0
M.Duncan 26 18 10 8 5 5 1 0 0 2
C.Enright 23 13 7 10 3 3 0 0 0 0
C.Guthrie 29 9 4 20 11 2 1 0 0 3
T.Hawkins 10 7 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
G.Horlin-Smith 30 15 5 15 8 1 2 0 0 3
T.Hunt 16 8 2 8 6 8 1 1 0 2
S.Johnson 20 9 1 11 7 3 0 3 0 2
J.Kelly 30 15 8 15 10 3 1 3 0 4
T.Lonergan 16 8 2 8 6 1 1 1 0 0
A.Mackie 22 12 7 10 3 4 0 0 0 0
H.McIntosh 13 6 3 7 6 6 1 0 23 1
S.Motlop 12 11 4 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
J.Murdoch 16 7 4 9 7 4 1 0 0 1
J.Rivers 12 6 4 6 4 3 0 0 0 0
J.Selwood 35 15 8 20 18 7 4 1 0 7
J.Sheringham 4 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 0
D.Simpson 3 1 2 2 1 5 1 0 8 0
H.Taylor 7 4 4 3 6 0 1 2 0 0
T.Varcoe 14 6 5 8 3 4 2 0 0 2

Match Details

Fremantle
Geelong
START TIME
7:40PM
WEATHER
Mostly clear. Isolated showers
VENUE
Patersons Stadium
Umpires
Jeff Dalgleish, Chris Donlon, Ray Chamberlain