Extensively tipped to turn into a Western Bulldog at season’s conclude, Fremantle significant guy Rory Lobb destroyed his very likely future teammates at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
Lobb set on a aim-kicking masterclass to encourage the Dockers to a pressure-releasing 17-position gain – 14.11 (95) to 11.12 (78) – and all but cemented their finals spot.
The game-high four-purpose haul, including a few in the to start with 50 percent, to enable his workforce conclude a a few-video game winless run and set them again in the prime-4, for now at minimum.
Lobb was held goalless past 7 days towards Melbourne and was in doubt with a shoulder problem but confirmed no indicators of any form or personal injury concerns.
He connected sweetly with 4 very long bombs from close to 50m right before his first blemish of the evening halfway by the third time period and completed with 4.2.
From rebound to forward strain, slick ball movement and some imposing tall targets, every thing the Dockers experienced been missing in the earlier handful of weeks was back again in the first fifty percent primarily which helped set up the vital 4 details.
The win did not appear with out a value having said that, with Matt Taberner – who kicked two very first-quarter targets in a lively begin – carried out just before three-quarter time with a right calf strain in one more harm blow to the key ahead.
There was also a scare with WA’s Aaron Naughton, who kicked a few to just take his time tally to a vocation-large 47, and a couple of expensive turnovers sparking a 3rd-quarter Bulldog revival.
The Bulldogs were the superior workforce all around the ground in that term but Fremantle’s exceptional performance, with 4.4 from 10 within-50 entries, noticed them split it on the scoreboard.
Youngster Nathan O’Driscoll, who value one particular of Naughton’s ambitions after an errant kick into the guiding put up down again, created up for it quickly immediately after with a beautiful very long-array goal on the run and enormous celebration to go with it.
Caleb Serong was the star of the show in the midfield, serving to Fremantle get on top rated in the clearance battle.
Serong experienced three centre clearances on his possess in the 1st quarter and concluded with 8 clearances all up from his 24 possessions.
The club’s games-history holder David Mundy, who declared his retirement during the week, showed he’s nevertheless acquired a good deal left in the tank with some silver assistance within 50, applying it at 82 per cent performance.
Livewire Lachie Schultz experienced his greatest recreation in a whilst, tackling ferociously, nailing his kicks and providing a url between the midfield and forward-line.
Winger Blake Acres also bounced again from a lean run considering that returning from a hamstring injuries, while Brownlow Medal fancy Andrew Brayshaw’s defensive attempts and two-way managing was once again on display screen.
Camera IconCaleb Serong and Andrew Brayshaw. Credit score: Michael Willson/AFL Shots
Recalled mid Darcy Tucker was yet another significant contributor, transferring his pink-scorching WAFL form to the top rated stage to push his circumstance for a lasting location in the 22.
Tucker experienced a whopping 10 rating involvements which was the equivalent-most on the ground.
Speedster Michael Frederick booted 3 targets including the sealer halfway by means of the remaining phrase.
Fremantle’s a few-pronged tall forward assault, Lobb, Griffin Logue and Matt Taberner all hit the scoreboard in the opening term which includes two majors from the latter as the readers opened up a nine-position quarter-time buffer.
Taberner, who was underneath tension to keep his place, looked established for a big working day ahead of his harm which noticed sub Liam Henry arrive on and do a several pleasant factors.
The rebound from defence was great from the get-go with Luke Ryan, Heath Chapman and Jordan Clark specially damaging.
Ryan’s skill to roll off his opponent Josh Bruce was crucial, as was his link with wingers Blake Acres and O’Driscoll on his way to 32 disposals and 14 marks.
For the Bulldogs, prolific midfielder Josh Dunkley was their most reliable, captain Marcus Bontempelli lifted after 50 percent-time, Naughton was their main guy up forward and Tim English has his moments in a see-sawing ruck struggle towards Sean Darcy.
On the mark
The Dockers’ uncontested-marking match prompted their opponents problems.
In the initially 50 percent alone, the victors experienced a whopping 44 more uncontested marks and 61 uncontested possessions.
Their means to hit target immediately after target proved critical to placing up the earn.
“We did not go into the activity seeking to consider so several uncontested marks, it just form of occurred,” Longmuir stated at 50 percent-time.
“But I feel we’ve uncovered the excellent balance with our ball movement, we’ve absent at the video game when we’ve wanted to and we have identified a mark when we’ve wanted to.”
That differential settled down in the second 50 percent but was however major.
Son (and grandson) of a gun unearthed
A 3rd-generation Bulldog made his AFL debut, fittingly as the club celebrated Retro Spherical by carrying their previous Robodog jumper design and style.
Sam Darcy, son of club excellent Luke Darcy and grandson of David, got the connect with up soon after a spectacular operate of kind in the VFL.
The 19-yr-aged, who stands at 205cm and weighs 94kg, started out in defence and obtained the massive position on Matt Taberner.
His initially contact was an intercept mark about five minutes into the match, getting a enormous round of applause, and he flew at the footy with self esteem in a promising begin to his AFL profession.
Remarkably retiring Fremantle veteran David Mundy performed versus Luke in the early yrs of his adorned 19-yr job, furthermore with Scott West, whose son Rhylee was also out there.