Dockers overpower Port Power
Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers get a handball away. Photo: Getty Images.
Fremantle blitzed a hapless Port Adelaide by 52 points on Saturday to entrench themselves in the AFL top eight.
The Dockers dominated a poor Port, posting a 21.16 (142) to 14.6 (90) victory at AAMI Stadium.
Freo forward Kepler Bradley kicked three goals in his club's fifth win of the season, while emerging star Nathan Fyfe enhanced his status in a best afield 29 disposal display.
Goalsneak Robbie Gray kicked three goals for the Power who, on their way to their eighth loss in nine matches, hit rock bottom during a listless first half.
The Dockers met scant resistance when launching a seven goal to two opening quarter, which sapped the spirit of the lowly Power.
Half-forward Chris Mayne kicked two and set up another while captain Matthew Pavlich shook his Matthew Thomas tag to also boot two.
Docker Nick Lower, playing his first game against his former club, was influential early as the visitors took command.
The goal spree continued after the first break as Fremantle basked in a match-defining nine goal to nothing period.
Some 15 minutes into the second quarter, the Dockers led by 59 points. The result was decided.
Docker ruckman Aaron Sandilands ruled supreme, feeding a midfield who in turn supplied a hungry forward line headed by the hard working Mayne and big man Bradley.
Some 12 Dockers kicked goals but as smooth as the visitors were, their opponent was rough.
After their woeful opening, the Power improved in the third when Gray kicked three of six goals for the quarter.
But even then Port couldn't stymie Fremantle's free scoring as they also notched six goals for the term to take an unassailable 55-point advantage at the last change.
Fremantle host St Kilda next Saturday while the battling Power travel to Darwin to meet Richmond.