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Real Footy finals: Adelaide v Fremantle

It's week two of footy finals and Michael Gleeson, Robert Walls and Emma Quayle take you through the team line-ups for Friday night's clash.

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ADELAIDE 1.3  4.7  8.9  12.9 (81)
FREMANTLE 4.1  7.2  8.4  11.5 (71)
Goals: Adelaide: T Walker 5 J Porplyzia 3 B Vince K Tippett M Wright P Dangerfield. Fremantle: C Mayne 3 M Walters 3 G Ibbotson H Ballantyne M Pavlich N Fyfe N Suban.
Best: Adelaide: T Walker R Sloane B Vince B Reilly J Porplyzia B Rutten S Thompson. Fremantle: D Mundy N Fyfe M Barlow M Walters M Johnson.
Umpires: Simon Meredith, Mathew Nicholls, Shane McInerney.
Official Crowd: 31,742 at AAMI Stadium.

  • Jared Petrenko appeared to hurt his taped shoulder in the dying minutes
  • Taylor Walker was the clear match-winner, with five goals
  • Key moment: Walker's mark and goal from 30 metres at the 13-minute mark of the last quarter extended the Crows lead to 10 points.
  • Adelaide goes from 14th to a preliminary final against Hawthorn
  • Ben Rutten eclipsed Matthew Pavlich
  • Fremantle won the clearances 36 to 29, and started quarters one, two and four by dominating centre breaks, scoring five of their goals in the opening three minutes of terms.
  • Taylor Walker's set shot goal from the boundary line after the half-time siren put the Crows within 13 points after they had trailed by as much as 29 points in the second term
  • Sam Shaw was subbed out in the first quarter after hurting a hamstring. The Crows' tall defender stocks are now stretched to breaking point.
  • Adelaide plays Hawthorn at the MCG, 5.15pm next Saturday at the MCG for the right to play in the 2012 grand final.

FINAL SCORE Adelaide 12.9 (81) v Fremantle 11.5 (71)
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says the Crows are hard to beat when they play as a team, and he pays credit to the effort of the gallant Dockers.

Taylor Walker kicked five goals and assisted on another.

Taylor Walker kicked five goals and assisted on another. Photo: Getty images

An entertaining final, but it is fair to say that Hawthorn would hardly be trembling. Neither team appeared to have the cohesion to challenge the Hawk juggernaut.

FINAL SCORE Adelaide 12.9 (81) v Fremantle 11.5 (71)
During a somewhat lacklustre, low-intensity game, a desperate, thrilling final broke out! Great second half, with the tired Dockers refusing to bow to a Crows onslaught. Every possession was hard-earned, and there will be a lot of satisfaction for the winners, who had to dig deep and lift their work rate. Docker fans cannot fault the effort of their players, who have come off two sixx-day breaks and travelled in consecutive weeks. They have a great platform to build on, and might have prevailed if star backman Luke McPharlin had been available to combat match-winner Taylor Walker.

FINAL SCORE Adelaide 12.9 (81) v Fremantle 11.5 (71)
Porplyzia's diving mark seals the deal on the wing. Keepings off as the clock runs down.

David Mundy of the Dockers clashes with Matthew Wright of the Crows.

David Mundy of the Dockers clashes with Matthew Wright of the Crows. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 0.50 Adelaide 12.9 (81) v Fremantle 11.5 (71)
Stoppage on 50 for Adelaide. Petrenko drops a mark close to goal, Walters fights on but Doughty wins a free on the wing.

Q4 2.11 Adelaide 12.9 (81) v Fremantle 11.5 (71)
Thompson wins the centre clearance but for once Walker, in good position, can't mark. He has Johnson for company now, Silvagni banished. The absence of McPharlin has been crucial.

Q4 3.08 Adelaide 12.9 (81) v Fremantle 11.5 (71)
Mayne marks strongly from the centre clearance, handballs to Walters who runs into an open goal.

Crows fans rug up for their side's do or die final.

Crows fans rug up for their side's do or die final. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 3.39 Adelaide 12.9 (81) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
Freo force stoppage deep in attack, but they can't hold it in. Silvagni turns it over, then Clarke gives away 50. Walker takes a strong mark on the edge of the square, plays on, and kicks what should be the sealer.

Q4 4.52 Adelaide 11.9 (75) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
A goal to Freo and this game is on, because their clearance work has been so potent.

Q4 5.22 Adelaide 11.9 (75) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
Ferocious contests on 50 for Adelaide, you feel the coup de grace can't be far away, but the Dockers refuse to concede.

Not so easy to find a Docker in full regalia at AAMI Stadium

Not so easy to find a Docker in full regalia at AAMI Stadium Photo: Getty Images

Q4 6.10 Adelaide 11.9 (75) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
Crows finding space in defence, Freo unable to hit targets close enough to goal, their players committed to midfield or defensive 50 duties.

Q4 7.32 Adelaide 11.9 (75) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
Three Crows fly, but the Dockers go forward. Crow ball use keeping the Dockers in with a chance.

Q4 8.39 Adelaide 11.9 (75) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
Courageous attacks on the contest from both teams. They know there's no tomorrow for the loser.

Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers leads his team out before the AFL Second Semi Final.

Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers leads his team out before the AFL Second Semi Final. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 9.30 Adelaide 11.9 (75) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
Crucial spoil from Doughty on Ballantyne close to goal. Freo won't get many better chances than that.

Q4 10.31 Adelaide 11.9 (75) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
Walker wins free kick after Silvagni holds on in marking contest. Set shot from 45 on 45 degree angle is faultless. Four goals to the lair, he shapes as the match-winner.

Q4 11.06 Adelaide 10.9 (69) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
Duffield and Johnson defy Walker after a Silvagni mistake. Freo very tired, but creating as many chances for now.

Q4 12.06 Adelaide 10.9 (69) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)
Crows find space on the switch, but Ballantyne intercepts and Clarke marks on the wing. Bold Crows rebound goes up the corridor. Crowley's snap hits the post.

Q4 14.10 Adelaide 10.9 (69) v Fremantle 10.4 (64)
No centre clearance to Freo is a win for Adelaide. Secondary centre bounce is won by the Dockers, but Reilly marks inside 50 for the Crows.

Q4 14.41 Adelaide 10.9 (69) v Fremantle 10.4 (64)
Long clearing kick from Suban brings no respite for the Dockers, as their players are all camped in defence. The rebound is marked by the mercurial Porplyzia, 40 out. He's been creative all night. Now, he boots... a goal, and the Crows are back in front.

Q4 16.07 Adelaide 9.9 (63) v Fremantle 10.4 (64)
Freo wins the centre clearance, but Adelaide holds up in defence and risk-taking kicking sees them rebound with a switch of play.

Q4 17.03 Adelaide 9.9 (63) v Fremantle 10.4 (64)
Clever van Berlo kick finds Wright on 50. He hands off to Vince, who sends a bomb through on the run.

Q4 18.27 Adelaide 8.9 (57) v Fremantle 10.4 (64)
Another centre clearance to the Dockers. Barlow's scrambled kick is marked superbly by Pavlich. Set shot is tight, but sneaks in from 40 out in front. We're back to the pattern of the first half - Freo winning the footy out of the middle and scoring early in the quarter.

Q4 19.22 Adelaide 8.9 (57) v Fremantle 9.4 (58)
Barlow wins the clearance and kicks long to Mayne, who wrestles the ball out of mid-air and handballs to sub Suban, who weaves free 15 out and snaps on his left for a goal.

THREE QUARTER TIME Adelaide 8.9 (57) v Fremantle 8.4 (52)


THREE QUARTER TIME Adelaide 8.9 (57) v Fremantle 8.4 (52)
After a dominant four-goal to one third quarter, this game appears at Adelaide's mercy. They completely turned the midfield battle on its head, winning clearances and getting numbers to each contest. The urgency level of the Crows lifted appreciably the closer the Crows got to the lead. Fremantle has kicked just one goal since the 23 minute mark of the second quarter, and that was a brilliant solo effort from Fyfe, rather than the result of systematic teamwork. Pavlich is being eclipsed by Rutten, and Mayne is quiet after a strong start. The only forward from either side making any impression is Walker, who has now kicked three majors and set up another. His barnstorming third term and goal on half-time have lifted his team, and the disappointing, but noisy crowd of 31,742.

THREE QUARTER TIME Adelaide 8.9 (57) v Fremantle 8.4 (52)
Dockers try to set up an attack, but their foot passing lets them down.

Q3 0.55 Adelaide 8.9 (57) v Fremantle 8.4 (52)
Errant mcPhee handpass lets Thompson in, and Johncock is given a free kick for a sling tackle. The villain? McPhee. Johncock kicks his fourth behind, the ball staying right all the way.

Q3 1.52 Adelaide 8.8 (56) v Fremantle 8.4 (52)
Walker barges through two tackles, straightens up and passes to the unmarked Tippett, who strolls into the goal square.

Q3 2.51 Adelaide 7.8 (50) v Fremantle 8.4 (52)
Ballantyne concedes 50-metre penalty, but Crows cough it up. Dockers move the ball slowly across  their goals. Every time McPhee has it, there are tremors. Crows have the numbers at the contests now.

Q3 4.15 Adelaide 7.8 (50) v Fremantle 8.4 (52)
Brilliant snap against the flow from Fyfe on his left foot from 35 metres. Freo finally getting the ball forward after a fallow 45 minutes.

Q3 4.24 Adelaide 7.8 (50) v Fremantle 7.4 (46)
Pavlich and Ballantyne: 12 touches, one goal between them.

Q3 5.21 Adelaide 7.8 (50) v Fremantle 7.4 (46)
Dead-eye dick Walters misses with a snap. Now it is Freo who need to make the most of their few chances.

Q3 6.30 Adelaide 7.8 (50) v Fremantle 7.3 (45)
Superb foot pass from Porplyzia pries open an attack on the flank via van Berlo, and Wright ends up finishing with a banana on the run from 15 metres out. Freo not getting enough of the footy now.

Q3 6.52 Adelaide 6.8 (44) v Fremantle 7.3 (45)
Sloane and Vince combine to give Johncock a simple chance, but he misses badly for the third time tonight. Crows rampant, but still not in front.

Q3 8.48 Adelaide 6.7 (43) v Fremantle 7.3 (45)
Inside-50s now nearly level Freo 27-26, after they were lop-sided early on.

Q3 8.48 Adelaide 6.7 (43) v Fremantle 7.3 (45)
Poor kick inside 50 from Johncock short-circuits a seemingly potent counter-attack from the Crows. Suddenly, they look more awake. What was in the half-time cordial? Maybe just the confidence gained from Walker's after the siren half-time goal.

Q3 10.50 Adelaide 6.7 (43) v Fremantle 7.3 (45)
Ballantyne clears the centre bounce, Hill runs into an open goal, takes a semmingly unncessary bounce... and hits the post. But a free kick is paid. Hill misses the set shot from 20 metres. Poor minute of footy from Hill, who has been well held all game. Dockers desperately needed a goal, the crowd is involved, and it's all Adelaide.

Q3 11.51 Adelaide 6.7 (43) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Four of the last five goals to Adelaide, and Walker to line up again after a deft pass from Porplyzia hit him on the lead. From 45 out in ffront, he kicks... his third goal in a row, and it's a one-point game.

Q3 12.50 Adelaide 5.7 (37) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
ibbotson cleverly to Hill, who kicks for Pavlich, but he is beaten pointlessly by Rutten and the rebound opens up the Dockers, Walker doing what Pav couldn't - taking a strong mark inside 50. Set shot from 40 on a slight angle holds its line nicely.

Q3 14.26 Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Freo yet to go inside 50 this term. Goals will be at a premium in the near future, a fierce midfield battle is developing and neither set of forwards is being presented decent opportunities.

Q3 15.27 Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Tippett fights hard to force a stoppage, looking less tentative than in the first half.

Q3 16.12 Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Crows switch play, monopolising possession, but as soon as they try to use the corridor, Freo pounces.

Q3 17.12 Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Better signs early for Adelaide, making Freo move the ball slowly to packs.

Q3 17.54 Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Tippett marks on the lead ahead of Dawson. He'll kick from 50 on the boundary. Out on the full.

Q3 19.00 Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Fremantle DOES NOT win the opening centre clearance. That's a first for this game at the start of a quarter.

HALF-TIME Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
TO WIN, Adelaide must:

  • Start the quarters better
  • Win more centre clearances
  • Stop missing targets in midfield and from set shots at goal

TO WIN, Fremantle must:

  • Run the game out. The Dockers have gradually faded in both quarters.
  • Continue to move the ball quickly in order to set up scoring chances.
  • Get Matthew Pavlich more opportunities on the lead. He is being beaten in the body on body clashes with Ben Rutten.
  • Hold dynamos Patrick Dangerfield and Rory Sloane, who have threatened to break free of the midfield clinches.

HALF-TIME Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Adelaide  are still favourites with at $1.80. Freo: $2.00. The punters are banking on travel-weariness claiming the Dockers. A big risk when they have played the best footy in the first half.

HALF-TIME Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Best players: Freo:
Mundy, Fyfe, Mayne, Walters, Johnson, Duffield, Mzungu. Adel: Dangefield, Sloane, Rutten, Smith, Porplyzia, Thompson.

HALF-TIME Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Inside 50s: Freo 14, Adel 18; Clearances Freo 19, Adel 11; Contested possessions: Freo 69, Adel 61; Kicks Freo 112 to Adel 92. Handballs: Adel 77 to Freo 42.

HALF-TIME Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
The pattern has been established:A brisk start to Freo followed by a long, grinding comeback from Adelaide. Their effort and execution was better in the second term revival, and the Crows enjoyed their best patch of the game just before half-time. With Fremantle surely due to tire after travelling twice in just over a week, the Crows might have stayed close enough to mount a winning thrust. Fremantle led by 27 points at the 16 minutes mark, but did not set up penetrating attacks after that. If the Dockers play their quarter-opening best for long enough, they will be too far in front to catch. How much gas do the visitors have in their tanks?

HALF-TIME Adelaide 4.7 (31) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Mundy's 17th touch sends Freo forward, but Sloane masterminds the rebound and Walker is far too strong for Silvagni. Set shot after the siren from 30 out five metres in from the boundary fades left to right perfectly. Big moment?

Q2 1.11 Adelaide 3.7 (25) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Wright twice pumps Adelaide inside 50 to big packs. Barlow wins a free to ease the squeeze. But those long high kicks to crowds are right up Freo's alley.

Q2 2.56 Adelaide 3.7 (25) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Doughty takes a saving mark at full back, but is slow to move the footy and the Dockers set up their defensive wall. Freee kick lets the Crows out from centre half back, and Douglas eventually misses with a left foot snap.

Q2 4.42 Adelaide 3.6 (24) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Sandilands takes the ball out of the ruck and is tackled. Holding the ball. Free kick to Dangerfield 35 metres out. 45 degree angle. He puts it through the middle.

Q2 6.04 Adelaide 2.6 (18) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Johncock snap when off balance from 30 metres goes high and wide.

Q2 6.39 Adelaide 2.5 (17) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Sensational couple of minutes in midfield, the ball ricocheting around a frenzied pack of desperate midfielders. Crows go forward, but Johnson holds firm. It's a hot potato now, the pace has picked up.

Q2 8.22 Adelaide 2.5 (17) v Fremantle 7.2 (44)
Ibbotson marks a short, scrambled clearing kick 57 metres out, then gets a 50-metre penalty against Taylor Walker. Gimme goal, crucial.

Q2 8.58 Adelaide 2.5 (17) v Fremantle 6.2 (38)
Douglas baulks twice, but misses to the left with a long, low drop punt on the run. Docker scoring chances coming less frequently now.

Q2 10.12 Adelaide 2.4 (16) v Fremantle 6.2 (38)
Mundy and Fyfe rampant for the Dockers. Adelaide again gradually tightening up after a slow start to the quarter, as they did in the first term.

Q2 11.35 Adelaide 2.4 (16) v Fremantle 6.2 (38)
Long Johncock set shot touched, unopposed, by Sandilands, right on tthe line. Another mcPhee error led to the opportunity. Eight Crows players have recorded two possessions or less, including Kurt Tippett.

Q2 12.43 Adelaide 2.3 (15) v Fremantle 6.2 (38)
Sloane, a gutsy, dynamic exception for Adelaide, intercepts in the defensive 50 to save the Crows from another set Freo shot.

Q2 13.46 Adelaide 2.3 (15) v Fremantle 6.2 (38)
Mundy has been the midfield star so far, with 13 damaging possessions. Brenton Sanderson told channel seven at quarter time that he would put Wright on him, but it has made no difference.

Q2 14.48 Adelaide 2.3 (15) v Fremantle 6.2 (38)
First Adelaide inside 50 of the quarter is a deft left footer out of congestion from Thompson to Porplyzia. 40 out he drills it to keep the struggling home team in the game.

Q2 15.25 Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 6.2 (38)
Crows just need to hold on and regroup, they are nearly at the point of no return.

Q2 16.01 Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 6.2 (38)
Great chase from Clarke pressures a Henderson kick, and cause a turnover. As in the opening of the first quarter, Adelaide are not getting forward, and Freo are winning every centre clearance to keep the Crows on the back foot.

Q2 17.34 Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 6.2 (38)
Long set shot from Pavlich to a huge pack in the goal square. Somehow Ballantyne, hitting the bigger men at pace, kicks it off the ground for a goal. Poor decision to play on after a free kick, and a Mayne tackle, set that up. Another irrepressible surge here from Freo.

Q2 18.21 Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 5.2 (32)
Fyfe clears from centre bounce and finds Mayne 45 metres out. His kick hangs out ot the right. 3.1 for the medium forward.

Q2 19.21 Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 5.1 (31)
Brilliant blind turn from Mundy sets up an inside 50. Slick hands from Pavlich to Mayne who snaps truly with a right foot from 15 metres.

QUARTER TIME Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 4.1 (25)

Henderson to go into the backline. Shaw damaged his hamstring.

QUARTER TIME Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 4.1 (25)
13 inside 50s to 8 for Fremantle. They have owned the clearances 10 to 4, and won 37 contested possessions to 28. Only 23 tackles between the two teams that term, something of a surprise. The ball spent a lot of time on the deck, with both teams struggling withtheir ball handling under perceived pressure in dewy conditions.

QUARTER TIME Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 4.1 (25)
Fremantle started full of purpose and the Crows were haphazard and disorganised in the opening minutes. The Crows wrestled back the ascendancy, but their finishing and ball use in the middle of the ground meant they didn't hit the scoreboard. Then the clinical late finish from Walters blew the margin out. The Crows cannot afford inaccuracy in a game where chances will be limited.

QUARTER TIME Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 4.1 (25)
Duffield and Mayne combine to send the Dockers forward and de Boer just misses a gallant attempt to take a mark 35 out in front. Adelaide hold on.

Q1 0.34 Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 4.1 (25)
Sandilands marks 55 out, his pass is opver the head of Walters, but Reilly shoves him hard, in the back - free kick. Set shot from 30 on the angle goes right through the middle. Goal against the run of play a killer for the visitors.

Q1 1.50 Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)
McPhee's over-ambitious kick across goal is dragged in by Sloane with a great one-hander. His kick from 45 goes out on the full - the Crows are inaccurate again. It cost them badly last week, when they managed 1.7 from set shots.

Q1 2.48 Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)
Ground becoming slippery, but there are no excuses for some of the skill errors from Adelaide, particularly by foot. But they are back in the game, winning more fo the footy, with Porplyzia becoming a driving force.

Q1 4.40 Adelaide 1.3 (9) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)
van Berlo's incisive pass finds Walker in the pocket, 25 out. he plays on and misses badly with an attempted banana kick. Yips? He didn't want the set shot after hitting the post with his first shot.

Q1 5.26 Adelaide 1.2 (8) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)
Ecstasy for the fans as a free kick for a high tackle is paid 70 out. They are nearly as excited when Walker runs out and takes a one grab mark in front of his face. He hits the post from 40 metres.

Q1 7.22 Adelaide 1.1 (7) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)
Porplyzia marks strongly on 50, plays on and kicks a decisive goal. First positive noise from the home crowd, the bleeding is finally staunched. Worryingly for Adelaide, stars Dangerfield and Sloane were pretty good while they were getting dominated in the opening 12 minutes.

Q1 7.50 Adelaide 0.1 (1) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)
Superb lunging spil from Fyfe saves a certain goal afetr Ibbotson coughed the footy up at half-back. Dockers are inspired early, but their early burst is coming to an end.

Q1 8.48 Adelaide 0.1 (1) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)
Sloane wins the ball and passes superbly to Porplyzia on the wing. His kick into the centre square misses its target by 20 metres, and the Dockers repel another attack. Crows fans booing free kicks for all they are worth. One feels it is a useful way of expelling anxiety - their team is paddling early.

Q1 11.29 Adelaide 0.1 (1) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)
Freo rebounds yet again from midfield, and Mundy finds Walters with a handpass. He takes a single step, 35 out and fires it through. All Fremantle. Pavlich not a factor so far - he had one possession, an errant handpass, when he roamed into midfield. But the Dockers have plenty of other avenues to goal.

Q1 12.15 Adelaide 0.1 (1) v Fremantle 2.1 (13)
Dockers winning free kicks, getting to the ball first. Adelaide tried to slow the game down, but they have been unable to get out of their half. Ballantyne set shot marked by Crowley, who misses from a tight angle 20 metres out.

Q1 16.35 Adelaide 0.1 (1) v Fremantle 2.0 (12)
Brilliant dash from Smith sends Adelaide inside 50 for the first time, but Petrenko misses his left foot snap from 20 metres. All good for the Dockers early, they look much sharper at the contests.

Q1 17.56 Adelaide 0.0 (0)v Fremantle 2.0 (12)
Walters intercepts a Dangerfield centre bounce handpass and passes for Mayne. The curly headed Docker forward wins a free kick at the ensuing stoppage. Set shot from directly in front. The sharpshooter nails his second major.

Q1 19.02 Adelaide 1.0 (6) v Fremantle 0.0 (0)
First bounce. Mundy clears with a banana kick and the Dockers roar into attack. Mayne marks on the lead, 45 out on a 45 degree angle. Brilliant set shot. Perfect start for the visitors.

Freo are in their predominantly white away strip. They look like early 90s umps. The crowd is disappointing, far from a sellout, with big gaps on the wings and in the higher parts of the grandstand. Have the Crows fans lost their resolve after one finals loss? Conditions are cool, but there appears to be little wind, and the surface is smooth.

There are no late changes to either team.

Adelaide: Brent Reilly, Ian Callinan, Ricky Henderson
Substitute: Graham Johncock

Fremantle: Tendai Mzungu, Michael Barlow, Zachary Clarke
Substitute: Nick Suban 

8.42pm: The teams stand, stony faced, facing each other as the national anthem plays.

8.41pm: A minute's silence is observed to commemorate the tragic passing of Port Adelaide's John McCarthy.

8.40pm: A scare for the Crows, with Scott Thompson undergoign intensive masssage after appearing to twinge his lower back upon entering the playing arena. He is bent over in pain as a burly trainer grinds into his back.

8.26pm: Last time these teams met, in round 20, Daniel Talia did a great job on Matthew Pavlich, restricting him to two goals, and midfielders Matthew Wright and Patrick Dangerfield ran riot. Aaron sandilands and Nat Fyfe weren't playing for Fremantle. It was a tight tussle, but the Crows kicked the final five goals of the game to win by 28 points. With Talia out injured, and the two Fremantle guns in, that's a significant change in personnel in favour of the Dockers.

Here's the Age Footballer Of The Year votes from that clash:
Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide) 9
Matthew Wright (Adelaide) 8
Daniel Talia (Adelaide) 8
Ryan Crowley (Fremantle) 8
David Mackay (Adelaide) 7


Dermott Brereton says the Crows small forwards must hit the scoreboard in this game, and too much focus is being put on big men Taylor Walker and Kurt Tippett. However, he also called on Tippett to make an unambiguous attack on the ball, regardless of who is in the way.


Adelaide assistant coach Dean Bailey has told 3AW radio that burly key defender Ben Rutten will take on Matthew Pavlich. There are few options - it's hard to imagine remaining Crows tall defenders Luke Thompson (one game this season) or Sam Shaw matching the supertsar veteran one on one.


Fremantle coach Ross Lyon, interviewed by Fox Footy, says the Dockers got "a fair bit of confidence" out of their effort last week against Geelong at the MCG.

He doesn't see that win as vindication for his controversial appointment late last year.

"I don't search for validation... I believe in the basics of football... I'm really staying in the moment."

Quizzed about the game's key match-up - Ben Rutten v Docker star key forward Matthew Pavlich, Lyon said he was expecting his skipper to be double-teamed at stages, by Adelaide's "plus-one" or "drop-off" defender, but he expected the Crows to focus more on putting pressure on the Fremantle ball carriers in order to cut off clean supply to the main Docker scoring threat. He said Rutten had the strength to combat Pavlich, but questioned whether he may not have the agility required if Pav ventured up the ground.

He described Pavlich as "exquisitely skilled, as well as being competitive and a great athlete".

The Dockers have won 26% of their games on the road, but under Lyon this year they are 7-4 when travelling.

"If you can't play interstate, it makes it a very short season!" is his sound reasoning. He said he had tried to "demystify" playing away from home, and demanded "fair dinkum trying" from his players, regardless of the venue.

Zach Clarke - "an exceptional athlete" in Lyon's words - was brought back to offer a bigger back-up ruck option, and to bring freshness to the Docker midfield after a short break. Lyon is also looking to the future, saying getting a game tonight will give Clarke "fuel for a big summer".


We have heard it all week. Sage footy voices reminding us that since this alignment of the final eight has been in place, top four teams that lose in week one invariably win in week two.

But surely Fremantle is a huge chance to buck the trend. They smashed an in-form Geelong last week with a cohesive, fierce, confident brand of finals footy, setting up a big lead and withstanding the best a very fine team could throw at them. Meanwhile Adelaide hit its head against the brick wall of Sydney, getting less reward the more it attacked. The Swans played a rebounding rope-a-dope style that could have been masterminded by Docker mentor Ross Lyon.

The Crows won both battles between these teams this season, but Fremantle is a much stronger unit now, with Nat Fyfe and Aaron Sandilands back in harness and David Mundy hitting top form. With the exception of hamstrung defender Luke McPharlin, they have their strongest team on the paddock, in its best form, and they have momentum, having won nine of their last ten games.

Adelaide's pacy midfield tyros Rory Sloane, Patrick Dangerfield and Matthew Wright have troubled the tough but sometimes one-paced Docker on-ballers this season. In round 20 at this venue, no Docker had more than 22 possessions and the team as a whole used the ball 79 less times than the Crows. But Fyfe and Sandilands make a massive difference to their class factor, and the absence of injured key Crow backman Daniel Talia will stretch Adelaide's defensive reources.

The Dockers are travelling for the second time, after only three days at home. But on form, they will be every chance to make history bunk, for one night at least.

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AFL 2016

Round 1
Thu, 24 MarTimes shown AEDT
RIC vs CAR 19:20MCG
Sat, 26 MarTimes shown AEDT
MEL vs GWS 13:40MCG
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
NTH vs ADE 19:25ES
SYD vs COL 19:25ANZ
Sun, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
WBU vs FRE 13:10ES
PTA vs STK 15:20Adelaide Oval
WCE vs BRI 19:40Domain Stadium
Mon, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
GEE vs HAW 15:20MCG
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Round 2
Fri, 01 AprTimes shown AEDT
COL vs RIC 19:50MCG
Sat, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
ADE vs PTA 13:45Adelaide Oval
ESS vs MEL 14:10MCG
BRI vs NTH 16:35G
STK vs WBU 19:25ES
FRE vs GCF 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 03 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS vs GEE 13:10SO
HAW vs WCE 15:20MCG
CAR vs SYD 16:40ES
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Round 3
Fri, 08 AprTimes shown AEST
PTA vs ESS 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 09 AprTimes shown AEST
STK vs COL 13:45MCG
RIC vs ADE 14:10ES
SYD vs GWS 16:35SCG
GCF vs CAR 19:25MS
WCE vs FRE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
NTH vs MEL 13:10BA
WBU vs HAW 15:20ES
GEE vs BRI 16:40SS
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Round 4
Fri, 15 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE vs RIC 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 16 AprTimes shown AEST
ESS vs GEE 13:45MCG
HAW vs STK 14:10AS
BRI vs GCF 16:35G
CAR vs WBU 19:25ES
ADE vs SYD 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS vs PTA 13:10SO
COL vs MEL 15:20MCG
NTH vs FRE 16:40ES
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Round 5
Fri, 22 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW vs ADE 19:50MCG
Sat, 23 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD vs WCE 13:40SCG
GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
WBU vs BRI 19:25ES
PTA vs GEE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
STK vs GWS 13:10ES
FRE vs CAR 16:10Domain Stadium
MEL vs RIC 19:10MCG
Mon, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
COL vs ESS 15:20MCG
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Round 6
Fri, 29 AprTimes shown AEST
NTH vs WBU 19:50ES
Sat, 30 AprTimes shown AEST
MEL vs STK 13:45ES
ADE vs FRE 14:10Adelaide Oval
GWS vs HAW 16:35Spotless Stadium
RIC vs PTA 19:25MCG
GEE vs GCF 19:25SS
Sun, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs SYD 13:10G
CAR vs ESS 15:20MCG
WCE vs COL 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 7
Fri, 06 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 07 MayTimes shown AEST
COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
GEE vs WCE 14:10SS
SYD vs ESS 16:35ANZ
GCF vs MEL 17:10MS
WBU vs ADE 19:40ES
FRE vs GWS 20:10Domain Stadium
Sun, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
STK vs NTH 15:20ES
PTA vs BRI 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 8
Fri, 13 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE vs GEE 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 14 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS vs NTH 13:45ES
HAW vs FRE 14:10AS
GWS vs GCF 16:35Spotless Stadium
BRI vs COL 19:25G
RIC vs SYD 19:25MCG
Sun, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR vs PTA 13:10ES
MEL vs WBU 15:20MCG
WCE vs STK 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 9
Fri, 20 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW vs SYD 19:50MCG
Sat, 21 MayTimes shown AEST
COL vs GEE 13:45MCG
GCF vs ADE 14:10MS
PTA vs WCE 16:35Adelaide Oval
NTH vs CAR 19:25ES
FRE vs RIC 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL vs BRI 13:10MCG
GWS vs WBU 15:20Spotless Stadium
STK vs ESS 16:40ES
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Round 10
Fri, 27 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD vs NTH 19:50SCG
Sat, 28 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs HAW 13:45G
MEL vs PTA 14:10TIO Traeger Park
STK vs FRE 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:25MCG
ADE vs GWS 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR vs GEE 13:10ES
COL vs WBU 15:20MCG
WCE vs GCF 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 11
Fri, 03 JunTimes shown AEST
NTH vs RIC 19:50BA
Sat, 04 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs MEL 13:45MCG
CAR vs BRI 14:10ES
GEE vs GWS 16:35SS
GCF vs SYD 19:25MS
FRE vs ESS 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs PTA 13:10MCG
WBU vs WCE 15:20ES
ADE vs STK 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 12
Fri, 10 JunTimes shown AEST
ESS vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 11 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA vs WBU 13:40Adelaide Oval
BRI vs FRE 16:35G
GEE vs NTH 19:25ES
WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
STK vs CAR 13:10ES
RIC vs GCF 15:20MCG
GWS vs SYD 16:40Spotless Stadium
Mon, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs COL 15:20MCG
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Round 13
Fri, 17 JunTimes shown AEST
NTH vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI vs WCE 13:40G
FRE vs PTA 16:35Domain Stadium
WBU vs GEE 19:25ES
Sun, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs MEL 13:10SCG
ESS vs GWS 16:40ES
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Round 14
Thu, 23 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE vs NTH 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 24 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs FRE 19:50MCG
Sat, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC vs BRI 13:40MCG
GWS vs CAR 16:35Spotless Stadium
STK vs GEE 19:25ES
Sun, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs GCF 15:20AS
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Round 15
Thu, 30 JunTimes shown AEST
WCE vs ESS 20:10Domain Stadium
Fri, 01 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs RIC 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
GCF vs STK 13:40MS
SYD vs WBU 16:35SCG
CAR vs COL 19:25MCG
Sun, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs ADE 15:20MCG
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Round 16
Thu, 07 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs HAW 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 08 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs SYD 19:50SS
Sat, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs COL 13:40Spotless Stadium
GCF vs BRI 16:35MS
WBU vs RIC 19:25ES
MEL vs FRE 19:40TIO
Sun, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ADE 13:10MCG
WCE vs NTH 15:20Domain Stadium
ESS vs STK 16:40ES
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Round 17
Thu, 14 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs HAW 19:20SCG
Fri, 15 JulTimes shown AEST
FRE vs GEE 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 16 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs ESS 13:40MCG
NTH vs PTA 16:35ES
WBU vs GCF 19:25CAZ
ADE vs COL 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs WCE 13:10MCG
STK vs MEL 15:20ES
BRI vs GWS 16:40G
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Round 18
Fri, 22 JulTimes shown AEST
COL vs NTH 19:50ES
Sat, 23 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs CAR 13:45ANZ
GCF vs FRE 14:10MS
WCE vs MEL 16:35Domain Stadium
WBU vs STK 19:25ES
GEE vs ADE 19:25SS
Sun, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs BRI 13:10ES
HAW vs RIC 15:20MCG
PTA vs GWS 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 19
Fri, 29 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs WBU 19:50SS
Sat, 30 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs RIC 13:45SO
HAW vs CAR 14:10AS
COL vs WCE 16:35MCG
BRI vs PTA 19:25G
NTH vs STK 19:25ES
Sun, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs GCF 13:10MCG
FRE vs SYD 15:20Domain Stadium
ADE vs ESS 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 20
Fri, 05 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC vs COL 19:50MCG
Sat, 06 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PTA 13:45SCG
MEL vs HAW 14:10MCG
GCF vs GWS 16:35MS
WBU vs NTH 19:25ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs STK 13:10MCG
GEE vs ESS 15:20ES
FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 21
Fri, 12 AugTimes shown AEST
WBU vs COL 19:50ES
Sat, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs CAR 13:45G
HAW vs NTH 14:10MCG
GWS vs WCE 16:35Spotless Stadium
STK vs SYD 19:25ES
PTA vs MEL 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS vs GCF 13:10ES
RIC vs GEE 15:20MCG
FRE vs ADE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 22
Fri, 19 AugTimes shown AEST
WCE vs HAW 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs SYD 13:45BA
RIC vs STK 14:10MCG
GWS vs FRE 16:35Spotless Stadium
COL vs GCF 19:25ES
PTA vs ADE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs MEL 13:10MCG
BRI vs GEE 15:20G
ESS vs WBU 16:40ES
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Round 23
Sat, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW vs COL 12:00MCG
STK vs BRI 12:00ES
ESS vs CAR 12:00MCG
GCF vs PTA 12:00MS
SYD vs RIC 12:00SCG
NTH vs GWS 12:00ES
GEE vs MEL 12:00SS
ADE vs WCE 12:30Adelaide Oval
FRE vs WBU 14:00Domain Stadium
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Adelaide Crows 0 0 0 0 - 0
Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 0 - 0
Carlton 0 0 0 0 - 0
Collingwood 0 0 0 0 - 0
Essendon 0 0 0 0 - 0
Fremantle 0 0 0 0 - 0
Geelong Cats 0 0 0 0 - 0
Gold Coast Suns 0 0 0 0 - 0
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