Preview Round 1 - Fremantle vs Geelong

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  1. Unique Name

    Unique Name Norm Smith Medallist

    Apr 16, 2014
    Soooo, this happened last time. :rolleyes:


    Anyway….. Being that I have the first preview I have the honour of welcoming you all to a new season of AFL, an exciting time full of hope and trepidation. Stars will be made and legends will fade, all in the pursuit of the ever elusive premiership flag.



    Before we look forward to the game ahead I thought an appropriate start to this preview would be for us to have a look back at the season past.


    Our champion retired after 17 seasons.

    Matthew Pavlich
    6x All Australian
    6x Doig Medallist
    8x Fremantle Leading goal kicker
    9 years as the captain of Fremantle FC
    3x Ross Glendinning Medallist
    3x Geoff Christian Medallist
    2016 AFLPA Madden Medallist

    Along with Pavlich we also said goodbye to some other fan favourites. Michael Barlow, Chris Mayne, Matt Doer, Tendai Mzungu, Clancee Pearce, Alex Silvagni, Jack Hannath and Anthony Morabito.


    2016 was a train wreck in slow motion. We got hit hardest with injuries, losing star players every second week and unfortunately that wasn’t the worst of it. We played some truly horrendous football, lacking in skill, creativity and a functioning gameplan. It was as Ross said an annus horribilis and a man named ‘Owen’ laughed at us for most of it.

    Positives for the season were few and far between. After the round 5 disaster against Carlton it was blatantly clear that our season was over. By virtue of being fit and healthy the fringe players and the kids got more game time. The three amigos all took great strides in cementing themselves into the main squad, Crozier finally looked at home off the half back line and Darcy Tucker showed the class that had him rated so highly during the draft. Thankfully we were able to send our champion off into retirement with our 4th win of the season in round 23.

    The positivity from our final game continued as Peel Thunder won its first WAFL premiership off the back of some stellar performances by Langdon, Blakely, De Boer and more. Our trade period could not have been graded any less than A+, we managed to bring home 4 West Australians all of which look to be lining up for us Round 1 (McCarthy, Hamling, Hill, Kersten) without having the sell the farm.

    The good times were not to last though, the Yarran fiasco reminded us there were still plenty of people in the media ready to give us a good kick while we were down. The consistent ‘Fyfe is leaving’ rumours grew tiresome and then the unfortunate news that Harley Bennell, Alex Pearce, and Zac Clarke had all had setbacks with their rehab hit us all pretty hard.

    Throughout all the drama our preseason saw us take a turn back to basics, get the boys running and tune them back into Ross Lyon effort based footy. We moved into our new digs at Cockburn and a rejuvenated Fyfe took his rightful spot at the helm of the ship. Then JLT1 v the Eagles happened…… the less said the better. Our game verse Collingwood was much improved and quite an enjoyable game to boot, Carlton game not so much (apart from McCarthy).


    Anyway…. Enough is enough, last year was last year and we were just foxing the Eagles during the JLT. It’s time to get real, time to get ready, our round 1 match against the Cats is only 7 days away.

    Sunday 26 March, 4.40pm - Domain Stadium

    Last Time They Met

    Despite our outs and despite losing Barlow to a season ending shoulder injury we fought on to the very end, eventually losing by only 17pts. As he so often was last year, Dangerfield was the difference with 30+ disposals and 4 goals. We had our chances in the last quarter, peppering the F50 again and again but just couldn't convert them to points on the board. We will be fielding a vastly different outfit come round 1 with a likely 9 changes to the side since we last met.

    Outs: Pavlich, Mayne, Barlow, Ballas, Taberner, Mzungu, Sheridan, Collins, Suban
    Ins: Sandi, Fyfe, Johnson, McCarthy, Hamling, B Hill, Tucker, Langdon, Kersten

    Outs: Kolodjashnij, Enright, Cowan, Kersten, Ruggles
    Ins: Thurlow, Stewart, Tuohy, Menegola, Horlin-Smith

    Best 22:

    Spurr – Dawson – Hamling
    Weller – Johnson – Sutcliffe
    BHill – Neale – SHill
    Walters – McCarthy – Langdon
    Kersten – Griffin – Crozier

    Sandi – Fyfe – Mundy

    Ibbo – Blakely – Tucker – D Pearce

    Thurlow – Lonergan – Stewart
    Tuohy – Henderson – Mackie
    Duncan – Guthrie – Menegola
    Motlop – Taylor – Cockatoo
    Menzel – Hawkins – McCarthy

    Smith – Dangerfield – Selwood

    Stanley – Blicavs – Murdoch – Horlin-Smith

    Key Matchups

    Dawson v Hawkins

    Hawkins doesn’t always look it but he is an A grade forward. Averaged 2.3 goals and 3.4 marks inside 50 a game last season. He is Geelong’s spearhead in the forwardline and they have struggled in the past when he hasn’t fired. Dawson blanketed Hawkins last time keeping him to just the solitary goal and stopped him from marking the ball inside 50 for the entire match, this was the only game in 2016 that Hawkins failed to take a mark inside 50 which is a testament to the shutdown job Dawson did that night. The question of course is can he do it again?

    Fyfe v Danger

    The last time these two squared off it was considered a game of the ages. Fyfe took home the chocolates that night and if Freo are to win on Sunday he’s going to have to do it again. Dangerfield’s ability to push forward is a major worry as we don’t have a suitable matchup for him in our backline. Similarly we will need Fyfe to push forward at times to create a mismatch and help us on the scoreboard. The question is are both coaches happy for them to go head to head, or will a hard tag be applied to try to curtail their influence?

    Walters vs ?????

    Geelong have always had a fantastic array of tall defenders that have been very capable of cutting off our long bomb special, but one area they have struggled with in the past is locking down on our small forwards. With Ballas out of action it’s going to be up to Walters to put the pressure on the scoreboard for us. Can Geelong find a suitable matchup for Walters?

    Keys Points to Victory

    • Both teams have A grade talent on the inside. We need Sandilands to be the difference and provide us with an edge.
    • Bombing it inside 50 cost us the game last year. We had double the amount of inside 50’s in the last qtr but they were poor quality and we couldn’t capitalise. We need our better ball users to find space and lower their eyes before delivering forward. If S Hill, B Hill, Mundy, Walters top the list of inside 50’s for the game there’s a good chance we come away with the 4pts.
    • Geelong have a similar forward entry strategy to us, long bombs into the 50. Johnson and Ibbo need to be at their intercepting best to assist Hamling and Dawson in stopping Hawkins, Taylor and their resting ruck from taking easy marks.
    • Big Griff needs to be at his best aswell, as much as we can hope all our entries into the forward 50 are bullets, it’s likely that there will be a fair few up and unders. Griff needs to at the very least make a contest of them. Geelong are masters of dropping a tall in front for the intercept. If he can mark the ball great, otherwises create a contest and we get a chance to press up and lock it in.

    • Dangerfield needs to outperform Fyfe. Both in the midfield and when he drifts forward.
    • Similar to us they need to lower their eyes when moving the ball forward, spot us the best target rather than reverting to the ‘just kick it to Hawkins’.
    • Get Motlop into the game early. An electric talent who has the propensity for drifting in and out of games. We don’t have a great match for him and he could do some really damage if left unchecked.
    • From what I saw of Geelong in the JLT it looks like Zac Touhy is their main man for rebounding from the half back line. We have struggled defending on the counter during the JLT and if he can provide quick ball movement out of the backline they will cut us up on the rebound.


    Life is too short for negativity and football is all about passion and belief. Freo by 17pts :D

    Now let's shake hands, hope for no injuries and another Fyfe vs Danger instant classic.


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  2. mustlovepurple

    mustlovepurple Senior List

    Aug 23, 2013
    Well done,what a great way to start the week!
  3. Bicco

    Bicco Club Legend

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    Jun 23, 2013
    Melbourne - West
    That's a pretty damn good effort first up.
  4. sportsmaniac89

    sportsmaniac89 Persona Non Grata

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    Jan 9, 2008
    That is an outstanding effort first up.

    The only thing I'd respectfully disagree with is the grade for the trade period but that's not relevant here.

    We need to stop Dangerfield from sucking up to the umpires as last time he got a goal from going out of bounds, a free kick cause he was looked at funny and not penalised for deliberate out of bounds in the last quarter because the umpires were under his spell.

    That said, I've tipped Freo myself and I'm not keen to be left disappointed.....AGAIN!!!!

    Freo by 15 points
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  5. aussieviking

    aussieviking All Australian

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    Oct 10, 2008
    Great effort..... wish the newspapers showed as much creativity in their wrteups
  6. theGav56

    theGav56 Brownlow Medallist

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    Oct 11, 2004
    Lyon foxes during the preseason, then turns it on for game 1 . I am especially curious to see what happens forward for us. Probably a bit of lock it in "Back to the Future " stuff, but I am not so sure.
  7. Scham

    Scham Norm Smith Medallist

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    Sep 19, 2004
    Sorry to put a dampener on it but Geel by 8pts. Just can't see us containing their tall forwards enough.
  8. Ressies runner

    Ressies runner Club Legend

    Jun 13, 2016
    Great write up UN
    I second this freo by 17-21 pts
  9. meima

    meima Brownlow Medallist

    Jun 5, 2015
    Geelong by 12 , as usual some crucial umpire decision go against freo and some turn over merchant happen at the wrong time.
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  10. theGav56

    theGav56 Brownlow Medallist

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    Oct 11, 2004
    Hawkins, Black and Taylor? Not too fearsome.

    How do you see the midfield battles? I think we have the edge in terms of personnel and depth, plus we have Sandilands.
  11. salim malik

    salim malik Brownlow Medallist

    Jan 14, 2008
    Paradise on Earth.
    Hopefully you practice reverse physcology otherwise you're one pessimistic son of a gun.;)
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  12. Wally Walpamur

    Wally Walpamur Premium Gold

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    Sep 23, 2016
    Great write up Unique Name, you've really set the bar high for the rest of us doing a preview thread!

    I think this going to be a close game however I think the pussies just might pip us to the post by <10 points. I'm still tipping Freo though.

    Hopefully the skills and game quality is a bit better than the Peel vs East Perth on Saturday night. It's Rd 1 though so expectations aren't too high.
  13. meima

    meima Brownlow Medallist

    Jun 5, 2015
    Well either way I am in win win situation , if umpire decision is fair , home team win. If not is spud players and umpire fault.:)
  14. scon

    scon Brownlow Medallist

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    Apr 19, 2009
    western australia
    Gotta love Creepy:rainbow::thumbsu:

    Great write-up!
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  15. Sweetback

    Sweetback Premiership Player

    Dec 23, 2014
    It's their small forwards who are more likely to get off the leash than their tall ones. I think we'll win by a goal or two.
  16. Tonga Bob

    Tonga Bob Club Legend

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    Oct 26, 2013
    Awesome preview Unique Name! The rest of us previewers are quietly pooing ourselves...

    Cam McCarthy to kick the winner after the siren in a redemption story for the ages.
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  17. Square Peg

    Square Peg Club Legend

    Jul 20, 2014
    Fremantle WA
    The Selwood club internal suspension - what happened to that?
    Geelong aren't that special and have never had a way of combating Sandi. I think we'll win by 3 goals.
  18. wild side

    wild side Club Legend

    Mar 29, 2010
    someone should do a banner, "We've admired what you have overcome Joel"
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  19. AAACockburn

    AAACockburn Club Legend

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    Mar 30, 2013
    Under the rug
    My expectations are low this Year.
    Win or lose who cares.
    Footy Season is back YaaARRR!
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  20. Lach72

    Lach72 Bam!

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    Sep 30, 2005
    Strangely enough, I actually don't mind if we lose.

    What I want to see is an improvement in method, so that we have something to build a style of footy that will take us back to the top.

    A few turnovers by taking some worthwhile risk isn't a bad thing at this stage of our development
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  21. dockerfemme

    dockerfemme All Australian

    Aug 16, 2009
    I am so glad you said that. I completely agree.
  22. Lach72

    Lach72 Bam!

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    Sep 30, 2005
    I thought we saw a bit of it against Collngwood...but too many errors made it look ugly in the end.
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  23. meima

    meima Brownlow Medallist

    Jun 5, 2015
    I had the same thinking as you . just want to see something different with players progress to acceptable level .
  24. igon value

    igon value Club Legend

    Oct 10, 2016
    Shame Ballantyne is injured. Him and Walters against an Enright free Geelong would be good to watch.
  25. Freo Blood

    Freo Blood All Australian

    Sep 21, 2006
    Not to much to be worried about in that 22. Harry T forward is not that creative and I think Cam Mac can be too mobile for Henderson and Lonergan. Not sure they need both of them, Kersten does not play that tall either.

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