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Live coverage, Fremantle v Carlton


Will Brodie

Jonathon Griffin and Matt De Boer of the Dockers contest a mark against Ed Curnow and Matthew Kreuzer of the Blues.

Jonathon Griffin and Matt De Boer of the Dockers contest a mark against Ed Curnow and Matthew Kreuzer of the Blues. Photo: Getty Images

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CARLTON 2.1  6.2  9.4  10.5 (65)
FREMANTLE 1.2  3.9  4.10  7.15 (57)
Goals: Carlton: A Walker 2 J Garlett 2 M Robinson 2 E Betts J Waite K Simpson S Hampson. Fremantle: C Mayne H Ballantyne L McPharlin M Pavlich R Crowley S Hill Z Clarke.
Best: Carlton: Simpson, Murphy, Henderson, Walker, Robinson, Gibbs, Garlett. Fremantle: Barlow, Mzungu, Duffield, Fyfe, Pavlich.
Umpires: Jeff Dalgleish, Dean Margetts, Luke Farmer.
Official Crowd: 38,847 at Subiaco.

Notable Blues: Kade Simpson just kept running. With Ryan Crowley successfully negating Chris Judd, he and Mark Murphy stepped into the breach as prime movers, consistently giving the Blues avenues throught he crowded midfield. Andrew Walker and Mitch Robinson: both of these dynamic half-forwards gave the Blues a huge lift in the third quarter, when their pace and alacrity helped the Blues set up a match winning lead.

Dennis Armfield of the Blues gets tackled by Clancee Pearce of the Dockers.

Dennis Armfield of the Blues gets tackled by Clancee Pearce of the Dockers. Photo: Getty Images

FINAL SCORE Fremantle 7.15 (57) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
Possessions: Fremantle: Barlow 28, Mundy 27, Mzungu 26. Carlton: Simspon 35, Scotland 30, Murphy 28.

FINAL SCORE Fremantle 7.15 (57) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
A game that went from a cakewalk to a cliffhanger. Who knows whether the Dockers could have turned that result on its head if a few of their gettable misses throughout the game had been goals. Carlton did what it had to, and used the ball with more skill. They capitalised on some horrendous clangers from the Dockers, who still look to be adapting to the demanding Ross Lyon gameplan, especially with their forward set-ups.

Q4. 1.21  Fremantle 7.15 (57) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
Blues dicing with death in sharing the ball in defence, almost kicking it out on the full. They have stopped to a walk and are watching the clock.

Stephen Hill tried hard to provide a running target, but his teammates rarely found him with their passes.

Stephen Hill tried hard to provide a running target, but his teammates rarely found him with their passes. Photo: Getty Images

Q4. 2.41  Fremantle 7.14 (56) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
Running snap from 40 from McPharlin, who had missed from there earlier in the quarter from a set shot. One way traffic now, Freo doing all the attacking, suddenly playing with a forward line.

Q4. 4.11 Fremantle 6.14 (50) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
The Blues have lost control of this one. They stopped scoring, then they stopped winning the footy, then they started defending only, and the Dockers got the shadow of momentum. Last six scoring shots to Fremantle.

Q4. 4.49 Fremantle 6.14 (50) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
For no particular reason, Crowley gets the footy, baulks Simpson and kicks long and straight to make the margin less than three goals.

ANZAC Day commemoration before the game.

ANZAC Day commemoration before the game. Photo: Getty Images

Q4. 6.46 Fremantle 5.14 (44) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
A snap from the skipper on his right, 25 metres out as he falls to ground. The Blues haven't done much for a while, and the Dockers have relentlessly attacked, but it is hard to believe they will be able to achieve a miraculous comeback.

Q4. 7.35 Fremantle 4.14 (38) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
For those arriving late: conditions are perfect, these boys are not playing in torrential rain on a bog. But the ball movement through crowded zoned midfields is ponderous, and the Dockers have had a dysfunctional forward line which could not hit the side of a barn with an aircraft carrier. Case in point - two misses from from Munday and Barlow - directly in front under no pressure.

Q4. 11.28 Fremantle 4.12 (36) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
Pavlich finds neale out wide, and Ballantyne sets up McPharlin directly in front. He misses badly.

Like a 1950s sci-fi movie poster: Shaun Hampson of the Blues and Jonathon Griffin of the Dockers.

Like a 1950s sci-fi movie poster: Shaun Hampson of the Blues and Jonathon Griffin of the Dockers. Photo: Getty

Q4. 13.15 Fremantle 4.11 (35) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
Sub Kane Lucas has come on for Zach Tuohy for Carlton. Plenty of unrewarded effort from Fremantle, whose movement into the forward line has not improved.

Q4. 17.35 Fremantle 4.10 (34) v Carlton 10.5 (65)
Judd misses a set shot after getting a free kick for a hold. Carlton has withstood the grungy pressure from the Dockers, applied more themselves, and their class has prevailed as players have tired. Cue some keepings off.

Q4. 18.47 Fremantle 4.10 (34) v Carlton 10.4 (64)
GOAL. CARLTON. Robinson.
The Blues win the first centre clearance and maintain pressure until a desperate clearing kick is intercepted inside fifty by Robinson. Set shot from 45 metres is true.

Blues forward Andrew Walker has returned from a long injury lay-off.

Blues forward Andrew Walker has returned from a long injury lay-off. Photo: Paul Rovere PTR

THREE QUARTER TIME Fremantle 4.10 (34) v Carlton 9.4 (58)
Possessions: Fremantle: Duffield, Mundy 21, Mzungu 20. Carlton: Simpson 26, Scotland 21, Murphy 20. Ross Lyon wants forward structure int he final term and has bemoaned crucial turnovers either side of half-time that helped turn the momentum. Luke McPharlin has switched forward.

THREE QUARTER TIME Fremantle 4.10 (34) v Carlton 9.4 (58)
In the second half of that quarter, Fremantle stopped the Blues from continuing their scoring burst, and belatedly scored a major themselves. But it would take a minor miracle for the hosts to come back and win this game. Since quarter time they have kicked 3.8, Carlton 7.3. Fremantle just doesn't look capable of scoring heavily enough to turn this game on its head.

THREE QUARTER TIME Fremantle 4.10 (34) v Carlton 9.4 (58)
Mitch Robinson gives away a needless 50-metre penalty to Zac Dawson. His set shot on the siren could lift the Dockers for a final quarter assault... but it drifts tantalisingly close before being signalled a behind.

Q3 0.39 Fremantle 4.9 (33) v Carlton 9.4 (58)
Finally, one of the kicks over the top into the empty forward line comes off for Fremantle, with a nice effort on the run from big Clarke from 45 metres out.

Q3 2.25 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 9.4 (58)
Mundy has a shot at goal, after an agonising Docker build-up consisting of risky midfield switches and a hopeful kick over the zone aimed vaguely at Stephen Hill. It falls short and is marked. Still no score this quarter for the Dockers. Unsurprisingly, Jack Anthony was subbed out for Lachie Neale after his wasteful start to the quarter.

Q3 3.54 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 9.4 (58)
Waite kicks into Judd in the goalsquare, and the ball ricochets to safety for the Dockers. They are only in this game theoretically at the moment.

Q3 6.35 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 9.4 (58)
he Docker defence is holding up OK presently, but with Docker forwards 'pushing up'... there are now tumbleweeds drifting across half forward, but no purple footballers.

Q3 8.19 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 9.4 (58)
Signature moment for the game: The Dockers win the ball at the stoppage, share it nicely, then Griffin kicks long... to nothing. Except for opposing backman Michael Jamison, who has lots of time to think about setting up a counter-attack. The Fremantle forward line is a dustblown disaster area.

Q3 10.35 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 9.4 (58)
Carlton has had 20 more disposals than Fremantle in the last 10 minutes, and they have kicked 7 of the last 8 goals. The Dockers haven't scored for over 20 minutes. The game has opened up, surprisingly early, the Dockers unable to sustain the stoppage feast of the first-half.

Q3 12.38 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 9.3 (57)
Brilliant teamwork from the Blues, who are able to run the ball the length of the ground with handballs. Freo crestfallen, fat lady warbling. The Blues have busted this wide opne in the first minutes of the second half. Anthony's brain fade which led to the first goal to Garlett now seems like a turning point.

Q3 14.20 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 8.3 (51)
Jack Anthony gets a chance to make amends, 50 out on an angle, but sprays the ball out of bounds. He once had a reputation as one of the most accurate kicks in the game, booting over 50 majors in a season for the Magpies, including an after-the-siren winner in a final.

Q3 15.25 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 8.3 (51)
GOAL. CARLTON. Robinson.
Carlton monopolise possession, then kick long to a huge pack 35 metres out. Robinson snaps well on his right and the Blues have stolen what should be a winning lead.

Q3 19.05 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 7.2 (44)
Indecision from Anthony at centre half forward, turnover, Armfield's kick not great, but Garlett takes it beautifully, and fires home a long kick on the turn near the boundary, 40 out. Skill is making the difference, a big moment to start the second half. Anthony, with his career hanging by a thread, committed a real howler there, you wonder if modern gameplans are beyond some players who work best on instinct. Why a kick from 55 metres inside 50 wasn't the option there is hard to figure.

HALF-TIME Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 6.2 (38)
Hit outs: Fremantle 16, Carlton 32. Tackles: Frem 48, Carl 32. Players with more than 10 touches: Frem 5, Carl 6. Tackles inside 50: Frem 16, Carl 6. Carlton has kicked 5.1.31 of its score from turnovers on Fremantle's half-forward line. However, that is where the ball lived for long periods of the second quarter.

HALF-TIME Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 6.2 (38)
Possessions: Fremantle: Duffield 17, Fyfe, Mundy 13. Carlton: Simpson 15, Murphy 13, Curnow 12.

HALF-TIME Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 6.2 (38)
Fremantle kicked 2.7 to Carlton's 4.1 that quarter. Ross Lyon's gameplan demands defensive commitment, but also requires its adherents to convert their chances efficiently. After holding sway for much of that quarter, Fremantle may be a little deflated to face a deficit. The Blues would be growing in confidence - they absorbed all that was thrown at them, and were able to stay in front despite few opportunities inside fifty and Chris Judd being well held by Ryan Crowley.

Q2: 0.24 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 6.2 (38)
Centre clearance from Judd is marked by Waite, who hits the post with his set shot. That would have really hurt the Dockers.

Q2: 0.48 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 6.1 (37)
A gift from Fyfe, who needlessly miskicks into the corridor in defence.

Q2: 2.40 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 5.1 (31)
Mindless footy from McPhee, who slings Waite late and gives away a free kick, and Carlton's first inside-50 for many minutes.

Q2: 3.56 Fremantle 3.9 (27) v Carlton 5.1 (31)
De Boer left foot snap, then Barlow running in from directly in front, both miss. Carlton seemingly needs fewer chances to score, but Freo lacks poise and polish in front of goal.

Q2: 5.04 Fremantle 3.7 (25) v Carlton 5.1 (31)
Red-hot holding the ball paid against Chris Judd in a massive pack at a stoppage. Mzungu misses the set shot from 35 metres. Freo having more possession in its forward line, but not looking very convincing in that region.

Q2: 9.02 Fremantle 3.6 (24) v Carlton 5.1 (31)
Chris Judd: 5 touches: David Mundy 6.

Q2: 9.02 Fremantle 3.6 (24) v Carlton 5.1 (31)
David Mundy, MIA so far, miskicks as Freo attempt to enter inside 50, and the Blues put the Dockers under pressure on the rebound.

Q2: 10.14 Fremantle 3.6 (24) v Carlton 5.1 (31)
The small man bumps Duffield early, then protects the ball in a chest mark, playing in front. He converts from 35 metres out.

Q2: 11.15 Fremantle 3.6 (24) v Carlton 4.1 (25)
Freo centre clearance ends in a rushed behind. Carlton are looking to switch the ball across the ground to break Freo's defensive zone, which is occasionally coming unstuck and offering rebounding opportunities.

Q2: 12.15 Fremantle 3.5 (23) v Carlton 4.1 (25)
GOAL. FREO. Ballantyne.
Fyfe, brilliant again at a stoppage, sets up Ballantyne, who this time makes no mistake with a 45 metre running drop punt.

Q2: 14.03 Fremantle 2.4 (16) v Carlton 4.1 (25)
Matthew Pavlich kick-started the Dockers in the opneing minutes of this quarter, and there have been a few quick goals, but the stoppages are back with a vengeance. Four ball ups in a row waste a minute on the Freo half forward line.

Q2: 14.03 Fremantle 2.4 (16) v Carlton 4.1 (25)
Bouyed by his goal, Walker leaps ridiculously high... and can't hold on to what would have been the mark of the year frontrunner.

Q2: 14.49 Fremantle 2.4 (16) v Carlton 4.1 (25)
A mongrel punt bounces and skids past three players into the hands of Walker, 30 out and he runs in for an easy goal.

Q2: 16.10 Fremantle 2.4 (16) v Carlton 3.1 (19)
Free kick at centre bounce to Judd: free kick to Waite directly in front. That makes it easy.

Q2: 17.03 Fremantle 2.4 (16) v Carlton 2.1 (13)
GOAL. FREO. Mayne.
Simpson miskick in midfield leads to turnover and brilliant long Pavlich pass finds Mayne. Finally, a Docker nails a gettable set shot, and Fremantle have reward for effort after dominating early in the quarter.

Q2: 18.21 Fremantle 1.4 (10) v Carlton 2.1 (13)
Fyfe to Ballantyne off a stoppage 60 metres out, but the long running shot misses to the right. That's three gimmes missed by the Dockers.

Q2: 19.01 Fremantle 1.3 (9) v Carlton 2.1 (13)
Strong mark to Pavlich, but he is 55 metres out on the boundary, and just misses.

QUARTER-TIME Fremantle 1.2 (8) v Carlton 2.1 (13)
Possessions: Freo: Duffield 11, Broughton, Mzungu 6. Carlton: Murphy 10, Simpson 9, Curnow 8.

QUARTER-TIME Fremantle 1.2 (8) v Carlton 2.1 (13)
Amazing that on such a big ground, scoring is becoming so difficult. Last week, West Coast beat Hawthorn scoring only five goals. Tonight there were perhaps six chances for goals between the two teams in the first term. The zone defence and war at the stoppages means desperate defenders are blindly banging the ball straight to walls of opponents lined up across midfield. Occasionally the wall is breached and there is no forward line to capitalise. Fremantle controlled the midfield crush for the first half of the quarter, the Blues for the second half. The Blues looked more dangerous, happy to kick the ball long and crumb the footy deep in attack, and using superior skills close to goal to make the most of two opportunities.

Q1: 1.13 Fremantle 1.2 (8) v Carlton 2.1 (13)
A smother from Dawson leaves Pavlich with no-one between him and the goals, 80 metres ahead. He fumbles. That sums up Freo's quarter - they have created a handful of gilt-edged chances, which they have blown.

Q1: 3.44 Fremantle 1.2 (8) v Carlton 2.1 (13)
Blues bang it long from ninety and the tall ruckman/forward outmarks Zac Dawson and loose man Michael Johnson. Good conversion from 35 metres on the angle. The Docker backmen seemed ineffectual there, they seemed to just underestimate their opponent's reach.

Q1: 5.05 Fremantle 1.2 (8) v Carlton 1.1 (7)
Broughton extremely lucky not to have holding the ball paid against him deep in defence.

Q1: 7.21 Fremantle 1.2 (8) v Carlton 1.1 (7)
Kreuzer kicks long to a big pack 20 out from goal, McPharlin goes for the mark, spoiling teamamte Ibbotson, and Garlett, front and square, roves, turns to his right and snaps truly, a classic small man's forward line goal.

Q1: 7.21 Fremantle 1.2 (8) v Carlton 0.1 (1)
Robinson's long high snap drifts left and the Blues are oon the board. Their previous attack went from one flank to the other, signs of their difficulty moving the footy. But the Dockers have missed their two clearcut chances to set up a lead.

Q1: 8.16 Fremantle 1.2 (8) v Carlton 0.0 (0)
Mayne grabs Henderson in a good tackle, wins the holding the ball free kick, then passes short to a good lead from Michael Barlow, who marks 40 out. The kick at goal hangs out to the right.

Q1: 12.38 Fremantle 1.1 (7) v Carlton 0.0 (0)
The last two Carlton attempts to go forward have ended with kicks going out on the full on the wing. Make that three in a row, with the last on the full at half-back.

Q1: 12.38 Fremantle 1.1 (7) v Carlton 0.0 (0)
When the stoppage is in Freo's forward half, Bryce Gibbs is playing as a loose man deep in defence. Plenty of stoppages so far, these teams will be ordering extra ice for their recovery. All signs so far point to Fremantle being a very tough team to beat under the Ross Lyon imprint - scoring opportunities  are at a premium.

Q1: 14.17 Fremantle 1.1 (7) v Carlton 0.0 (0)
Simpson, pressured by Ballantyne, coughs up the footy, and Dawson's miskick is marked by De Boer directly in front 45 metres out. The defensive forward narrrowly misses to the left. Most packs are containing, or surrounded by 15-20 players.

Q1: 17.35 Fremantle 1.0 (6) v Carlton 0.0 (0)
Both teams are caught in the midfield crush, but Freo wins possession, Mzungu kicks over the top and Hill has the pace to run on to it and goal from twenty out on the run. Huge pressure in the centre of the ground, with both forward lines pushing up and plenty of space inside 50 for the team that gets clean possession.

Q1: 17.35 Fremantle 0.0 (0) v Carlton 0.0 (0)
Blues had to hold up going forward with no forwards inside 50. Scotland's good ball use bought them time, but the foray came unstuck due to a good Dawson spoil.

Q1: 18.38 Fremantle 0.0 (0) v Carlton 0.0 (0)
First Ballantyne stage for a free kick: no dice. First inside 50 for Freo: out of bounds at half forward. Griffin competitive early against Kreuzer, and Henderson has spoiled Pavlich twice.

8.49pm: Free kicks start early. Before we even get going, a kick is paid to... Carlton, in the end, after 30 seconds of confusion, and the Blues go forward through Kreuzer.

8.42pm: Subiaco/Patersons Stadium is silent but for the bugle as the Anzac Week commemorations take place, with the teams lined up opposite each other, mostly with eyes on the ground.

8.35pm: Just a reminder: Lucas is sub for Carlton; Neale for the Dockers. Ross Lyon says tagger Ryan Crowley will primarily go to Carlton skipper Chris Judd. There you go, no mucking around. Old time coaches would turn in their gaberdine overcoats at such pre-game honesty. Regarding Nat Fyfe's dodgy shoulder, Lyon says he is both "really confident" it will be OK and that there is an "element of risk" in Fyfe playing.

8.30pm: Carlton are on the ground, wearing light blue with dark blue socks. No-one would vote for that combo, but punters Australia-wide have voted on the Blues as winners of this match. Since the announcement that Aaron Sandilands was not playing, the Blues have gone from $1.81 to $1.62, and the line has grown from 4.5 to 7.5 points. Freo are unwanted at $2.35.

8.25pm: The game is not surprisingly heading for sellout status. WA, and the two WA AFL teams, really needs that long mooted 60,000 capacity stadium, pronto. Surely the land of the mining dollar can make it happen.

8.15pm: Despite the prevailing warmth (22 degrees), there is some prospect of rain in Perth, but the current prediction is that it will skirt the ground and the game should be played in near to perfect conditions.
Another pre-game question to ponder: Does Carlton have the pace and skill in its backline to cover for the absence of ball-carrier Chris Yarran? Expect Bryce Gibbs to once again spend plenty of time in the back half helping set them up.

7.55pm: Chris Bond, Fremantle's general manager of football operations, says star midfielder Nat Fyfe has been cleared by doctors to play despite his shoulder issues. He says Fyfe feels he has his strength back and it feels normal. If the shoulder pops out again, the club will discuss their options. Bond says the Dockers are enjoying the "pressure and a little bit of anxiety" of playing consecutive games on the Friday Night Football stage. Bond says new coach Ross Lyon is "extremely driven, direct and succinct" and the players know exactly what is required of them under his leadership.

7.51pm: Does Fremantle have the forward line to win this encounter? Key target Matthew Pavlich has booted only five goals. Their leading goalkicker, Chris Mayne, has just six. Ross Lyon would be glad that the scoring laod is spread widely, but desperate to find a winner to trouble his opponents. Now that the Dockers have David Mundy and Michael Barlow in their midfield, is it time for goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne to play the bulk of the game inside 50?

7.40pm: Carlton coach Brett Ratten has told SEN radio that it is a beautiful night in Perth, around 22 degrees, and he is sure his team will bounce back from its shock loss to Essendon last Saturday. Though he accepted that the Blues "got a few things wrong behind the ball", Ratten said the Blues use of the ball going inside 50 was the worst it had been this year. "We had a bad day generally, there were no excuses, but we'll bounce back," the Blues boss said. He confirmed that Carlton had been cautious with Andrew Walker's quad injury, determined not to risk further injury to the dynamic forward, mindful that another tear would cost him four to six weeks on the sidelines. Ratten says the way the Blues "connect the three zones" at Patersons Stadium would determine their success, and his forwards will have to work hard up the ground to help move the footy on the vast expanses at the league's longest arena.

Ratten's wife is due to give birth to the couple's third child tomorrow, and Ratten is ready to catch the 'Red Eye' plane soon after the game tonight in order to be there for the big event. He said everything was currently going to plan.

7.36pm: Kane Lucas is the Carlton substitute for tonight's game. Lachie Neale is the Fremantle substitute.

7.25pm: Here's some questions to ponder about tonight's intriguing clash.

Will Nathan Fyfe's shoulder hold up? The brilliant but lightly built midfielder looked set for season-ending surgery but missed only one match. Can he withstand another heavy knock?

Do the Dockers have the pacy backmen necessary to curtail Blues livewires Eddie Betts (six goals the last time the teams met) and Jeff Garlett?

Can Jonathan Griffin (seven games last season) stop Matthew Kreuzer and Shaun Hampson from giving the star-studded Carlton midfield first use of the footy from stoppages?

Are Dockers prime movers David Mundy and Michael Barlow fully wound up after their injury issues?

Who will Ryan Crowley annoy the hell out of as a combative tagger tonight?

Do the Dockers have enough genuine forward targets to threaten the Blues defence?

Which team has the greater depth amongst its supposed 'bottom six' players?

7.00pm: Here's some of the latest AFL news from this afternoon.
Not suprisingly, Kevin Sheedy, past master of 'us against them' is making a list of detractors of the GWS Giants.
In selection news, Suns midfielder Michael Rischitelli is out of this weekend's match against North Melbourne, joining Jarrod Harbrow and Gary Ablett on the sidelines. Was that the sound of the bookies reeling out the line for that Etihad Stadium clash?
Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has finally been picked to play after weeks of delay because of his calf injury. It makes the Hawk team to take on Sydney the strongest of their season.
The Swans have a pretty good inclusion of their own - superstar Adam Goodes, who is thinking flags.
And Simon Black won't be seeing any more flags, but he is getting plenty of accolades for his stellar career, about to go past the 300-game barrier.

In round 21 last year at this venue, the Blues led by 17 points at quarter time and ran out 30 point winners, with small forward Eddie Betts the star with six goals. The injury-ravaged Dockers had nearly run out of players by that stage, and their remaining midfielders struggled with Chris Judd and Marc Murphy's brilliance. The previous two matches, in 2010, were both narrow wins to the Dockers.

Both teams have started 2012 in strong form, with the Blues brought back to earth last week by an upset at the hands of arch-rival Essendon, and the Dockers' only loss coming at the SCG to the red-hot Swans in round two.

Fremantle withstood a dogged St Kilda at Docklands last week, their resolve and poise under pressure admirable. They outran the Saints in the third quarter to set up a winning break in an emotional, rugged contest.

The Blues destroyed Collingwood two rounds back with their aggressive attack on the midfield contests, their brilliant runners setting the tone for Betts and Jeff Garlett to rip the Magpies defence to shreds. When the Dons focused their intense pressure on the Blues' prime movers last round, weaknesses in the inexperienced Blues defence were exposed. The loss to the Bombers should refocus the Blues on the need to have a consistent intensity at the clearance battles. Fremantle's hard-bodied midfield will offer another blue collar challenge.

The absence of Docker star Aaron Sandilands from the ruck gives the Blues duo of Matthew Kreuzer and Shaun Hampson a chance to reprise their outstanding form of two weeks ago. If the Blues talls set the tone from the stoppages, the Blues should be unstoppable. If journeyman ruck replacement Jonathan Griffin can nullify their influence, this should be a tight match throughout.


  • Is confused, is ANZAC day not the 25 April??

    So why has the AFL & Ch7 chosen to have an ANZAC tribute on the 27 April??

    Surely this is offensive to the spirit of ANZAC day?? Maybe we should celebrate Australia Day on the 28 Jan as well.

    Shame on you AFL & Ch7

    Date and time
    April 27, 2012, 9:09PM
    • The AFL performs the full ceremony at all matches this round and has for a few years.

      Will Brodie
      Date and time
      April 27, 2012, 9:31PM
  • Fremantle has had a full anzac day ceremony every year since its inception. The game is called the "Len Hall Tribute Match" and has involved a lot more veterans than the Ess / Coll game. You should also remember that it was Fremantle who put forward the idea of a regular anzac day game to Essendon back in early 94. The game was to be named the "Albert Thurgood trophy" in memory of a player who played for Essendon, the original Fremantle and who also fought in WW1. Planning progressed to the point where the trophy itself was actually made. (it was a fully operational replica cannon!). It was at the latter stages of these negotiations that Kevin Sheedy came up with the idea of .... well, the same idea that Fremantle put to Essendon, but in Sheedy's version Collingwood was involved. Undeterred, Fremantle have put on a much more poignant and relevant Anzac day service every year since.

    Date and time
    April 27, 2012, 10:36PM
    • Very poor display by us, shutting down that early.. If the players think they can do that week in week out, they are on crack.

      A wins a win, but... come on shut down after the siren.

      Date and time
      April 27, 2012, 11:47PM
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      ESS 49vs COL 69 Report Stats
      GWS 119vs GCF 53 Stats
      PTA 99vs HAW 91 Stats
      FRE 74vs SYD 60 Stats
      Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
      BRI 65vs WCE 118 Stats
      GEE 67vs NTH 83 Stats
      WBU 125vs ADE 68 Stats
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      Round 5
      Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
      CAR 45vs COL 120 Stats
      Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
      RIC 76vs GEE 85 Stats
      SYD 73vs WBU 77 Stats
      GCF 118vs BRI 54 Stats
      NTH 70vs HAW 130 Stats
      WCE 120vs GWS 33 Stats
      Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
      MEL 50vs FRE 118 Stats
      STK 80vs ESS 82 Stats
      ADE 91vs PTA 115 Stats
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      Round 6
      Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
      COL 59vs GEE 100 Stats
      Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
      NTH 109vs RIC 74 Stats
      WBU 87vs STK 94 Stats
      GWS 108vs HAW 98 Stats
      GCF 78vs ADE 119 Stats
      MEL 50vs SYD 88 Stats
      FRE 80vs ESS 52 Stats
      Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
      CAR 75vs BRI 84 Report Stats
      PTA 68vs WCE 78 Stats
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      Round 7
      Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
      ESS 82vs NTH 93 Stats
      Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
      ADE 119vs STK 73 Stats
      HAW 155vs MEL 50 Stats
      CAR 57vs GWS 135 Stats
      SYD 120vs GEE 77 Stats
      WCE 135vs GCF 43 Stats
      Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
      WBU 88vs FRE 101 Stats
      RIC 105vs COL 100 Report Stats
      BRI 102vs PTA 65 Report Stats
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      Round 8
      Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
      GEE 140vs CAR 63 Report Stats
      Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
      STK 78vs WCE 131 Report Stats
      GWS 108vs ADE 84 Report Stats
      GCF 63vs COL 132 Report Stats
      HAW 69vs SYD 73 Report Stats
      FRE 115vs NTH 42 Report Stats
      Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
      ESS 136vs BRI 78 Report Stats
      MEL 103vs WBU 64 Report Stats
      PTA 43vs RIC 76 Report Stats
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      Round 9
      Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
      SYD 122vs CAR 62 Report Stats
      Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
      HAW 93vs GCF 40 Report Stats
      MEL 54vs PTA 115 Report Stats
      WBU 113vs GWS 68 Report Stats
      RIC 72vs ESS 59 Report Stats
      ADE 57vs FRE 68 Report Stats
      Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
      BRI 86vs STK 108 Report Stats
      COL 112vs NTH 95 Report Stats
      WCE 120vs GEE 64 Report Stats
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      Round 10
      Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
      FRE 70vs RIC 97 Report Stats
      Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
      CAR 90vs ADE 99 Report Stats
      GCF 41vs SYD 93 Report Stats
      ESS 53vs GEE 122 Report Stats
      PTA 100vs WBU 62 Report Stats
      Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
      GWS 97vs BRI 67 Report Stats
      NTH 85vs WCE 75 Report Stats
      STK 69vs HAW 132 Report Stats
      Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
      MEL 85vs COL 110 Report Stats
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      Round 11
      Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
      PTA 69vs GEE 92 Report Stats
      Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
      GCF 46vs FRE 53 Report Stats
      WCE 96vs ESS 46 Report Stats
      NTH 75vs SYD 91 Report Report Stats
      Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
      COL 119vs GWS 77 Report Stats
      STK 85vs MEL 83 Report Stats
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      Round 12
      Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
      ADE 85vs HAW 114 Report Stats
      Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
      RIC 70vs WCE 90 Report Stats
      Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
      CAR 110vs PTA 106 Report Stats
      GWS 61vs NTH 117 Report Stats
      WBU 146vs BRI 74 Report Stats
      Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
      GEE 89vs MEL 113 Report Stats
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      Round 13
      Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
      FRE 80vs COL 73 Report Stats
      Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
      SYD 77vs RIC 95 Report Stats
      Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
      HAW 114vs ESS 76 Report Stats
      BRI 69vs ADE 82 Report Stats
      STK 56vs WBU 62 Report Stats
      Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
      CAR 103vs GCF 69 Report Stats
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      Round 14
      Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
      SYD 94vs PTA 84 Report Stats
      Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
      COL 91vs HAW 101 Report Stats
      Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
      RIC 78vs GWS 69 Report Stats
      GCF 125vs NTH 70 Report Stats
      WBU 64vs CAR 53 Report Stats
      MEL 60vs WCE 114 Report Stats
      Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
      ESS 52vs STK 162 Stats
      ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
      FRE 84vs BRI 48 Report Stats
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      Round 15
      Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
      PTA 66vs COL 63 Report Stats
      Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
      RIC 71vs CAR 41 Report Stats
      Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
      ESS 69vs MEL 60 Report Stats
      WBU 95vs GCF 73 Report Stats
      NTH 120vs GEE 79 Report Stats
      WCE 147vs ADE 91 Report Stats
      Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
      GWS 84vs STK 49 Report Stats
      HAW 115vs FRE 43 Report Stats
      BRI 49vs SYD 70 Report Stats
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      Round 16
      Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
      NTH 93vs ESS 68 Report Stats
      Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
      GEE 72vs WBU 64 Report Stats
      GCF 79vs GWS 94 Report Stats
      COL 56vs WCE 87 Report Stats
      SYD 57vs HAW 146 Report Stats
      FRE 95vs CAR 53 Report Stats
      Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
      MEL 60vs BRI 36 Report Stats
      PTA 113vs ADE 116 Report Stats
      STK 73vs RIC 89 Report Stats
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      Round 17
      Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
      CAR 35vs HAW 173 Report Stats
      Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
      GWS 42vs GEE 69 Stats
      ADE 125vs GCF 80 Stats
      RIC 78vs FRE 82 Stats
      ESS 116vs PTA 129 Stats
      BRI 38vs NTH 110 Report Stats
      Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
      WBU 104vs COL 86 Report Stats
      MEL 46vs STK 83 Report Stats
      WCE 103vs SYD 51 Report Stats
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      Round 18
      Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
      HAW 53vs RIC 71 Report Stats
      Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
      GEE 113vs BRI 57 Stats
      COL 54vs MEL 91 Report Stats
      SYD 117vs ADE 65 Report Stats
      CAR 54vs NTH 118 Report Stats
      GCF 83vs WCE 83 Report Stats
      Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
      PTA 112vs STK 49 Report Stats
      ESS 40vs WBU 127 Report Stats
      FRE 84vs GWS 63 Report Stats
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      Round 19
      Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
      ADE 88vs RIC 52 Report Stats
      Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
      COL 105vs CAR 87 Report Stats
      WBU 128vs PTA 64 Report Stats
      BRI 100vs GCF 114 Report Stats
      GEE 95vs SYD 63 Report Stats
      WCE 74vs HAW 88 Report Stats
      Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
      MEL 92vs NTH 127 Report Stats
      GWS 93vs ESS 61 Report Stats
      STK 59vs FRE 96 Report Stats
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      Round 20
      Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
      SYD 87vs COL 76 Report Stats
      Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
      ESS 59vs ADE 171 Report Stats
      NTH 120vs STK 83 Report Stats
      PTA 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
      GEE 85vs HAW 121 Report Stats
      BRI 131vs CAR 67 Report Stats
      Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
      RIC 138vs GCF 55 Report Stats
      WBU 153vs MEL 55 Report Stats
      FRE 80vs WCE 104 Report Stats
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      Round 21
      Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
      HAW 86vs PTA 108 Report Stats
      Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
      COL 56vs RIC 147 Report Stats
      GWS 44vs SYD 133 Report Stats
      GCF 97vs ESS 95 Report Stats
      STK 97vs GEE 97 Report Stats
      ADE 131vs BRI 44 Report Stats
      Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
      NTH 94vs FRE 83 Report Stats
      CAR 78vs MEL 55 Report Stats
      WCE 162vs WBU 85 Report Stats
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      Round 22
      Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
      GEE 62vs COL 110 Report Stats
      Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
      GWS 132vs CAR 51 Report Stats
      HAW 134vs BRI 62 Report Stats
      NTH 73vs WBU 96 Report Stats
      ESS 47vs RIC 74 Report Stats
      GCF 51vs PTA 88 Report Stats
      Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
      ADE 126vs WCE 69 Report Stats
      STK 38vs SYD 135 Report Stats
      FRE 108vs MEL 54 Report Stats
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      Round 23
      Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
      RIC 108vs NTH 67 Report Stats
      Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
      GEE 119vs ADE 80 Report Stats
      BRI 130vs WBU 122 Report Stats
      PTA 122vs FRE 53 Report Stats
      HAW 113vs CAR 56 Report Stats
      SYD 127vs GCF 64 Report Stats
      WCE 125vs STK 30 Report Stats
      Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
      MEL 103vs GWS 77 Report Stats
      COL 92vs ESS 95 Report Stats
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      Round 24
      Fri, 11 SepTimes shown AEST
      WCE 96vs HAW 64 Report Stats
      Sat, 12 SepTimes shown AEST
      FRE 69vs SYD 60 Report Stats
      WBU 102vs ADE 109 Report Stats
      Sun, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
      RIC 88vs NTH 105 Report Stats
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      Round 25
      Fri, 18 SepTimes shown AEST
      HAW 135vs ADE 61 Report Stats
      Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
      SYD 51vs NTH 77 Report Report Stats
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      Round 26
      Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
      FRE 67vs HAW 94 Report Stats
      Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
      WCE 80vs NTH 55 Report Stats
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      Round 27
      Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
      HAW 107vs WCE 61 Report Stats
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      AFL 2015
      Overall standings
      Team P W L D % Pts
      Fremantle 22 17 5 0 118.73 68
      West Coast Eagles 22 16 5 1 148.22 66
      Hawthorn 22 16 6 0 158.40 64
      Sydney Swans 22 16 6 0 127.12 64
      Richmond 22 15 7 0 123.09 60
      Western Bulldogs 22 14 8 0 115.12 56
      Adelaide Crows 21 13 8 0 115.71 54
      North Melbourne 22 13 9 0 106.45 52
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