Review Round 5 - GWS Giants v Fremantle Dockers, 20 April 2019, UNSW Oval Canberra @ 1.45 pm

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Well, it's a bright, sunny day here in Canberra - fabulous weather for fast, open footy on a Saturday afternoon. Hope to see plenty of Canberra fans as well as our Sydney comrades-in-arms turn up for today's match. You'd think that GWS - despite Cal Ward's loss - would be brimming with confidence; but hopefully not overconfidence. The Dockers have 3 ex-GWS players in their line-up - all of whom were good players for us and only left because of homesickness issues, and all of whom can have an influence on the game if they play well. One of those is 'Sunshine' Cam McCarthy, although Freo's forward line still not functioning as well as it should with some decent talls in the squad. A big battle is that in the ruck, with Rory Lobb up against his former senior player and later ruck tutor in Shane Mumford. I am surprised that they've left out Sean Darcy and gone with Lobb - one of the reasons he left was supposedly not to be first ruck. Of course Nat Fyfe will be influential for the Dockers in his return after a week off for concussion; but ex-Docker Matt de Boer may be given a job to curb his influence. MdB was cut by Ross Lyon but resurrected his career in the charcoal and orange and has been having a fantastic year to date. As have several other young players in the GWS line-up, including Jacob Hopper, Tim Taranto and Lachie Whitfield. We welcome Jackson Hately back to his birthplace in his debut for the Giants, and wish him all the best for a fantastic game. With an excellent 11-1 winning record in Canberra since 2015, GWS will be very disappointed if we don't continue that domination in the capital today.

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Where and when: UNSW Canberra Oval, Saturday April 20, 1.45pm AEST

Last time they met: UNSW Canberra Oval, round four, 2018: GWS 11.16 (82) defeated Fremantle 7.9 (51)

The Dockers got the start they wanted and led at the first change, but the Giants kicked 10 goals to four after quarter-time to win a scrappy affair in Canberra. Fallen co-captain Callan Ward grabbed the three Brownlow votes for his 34 possessions, while Nick Haynes dominated across half-back with 15 marks and 29 touches.

What it means for GWS: After last week's outstanding win at Geelong, a first for the club, the home side must maintain their momentum by beating the Dockers. If they're really flag contenders, they'll win big.

What it means for Fremantle: The wasteful Dockers had their chances against West Coast last week and a similar effort will see them head back to Perth with the same result. At 2-2 Fremantle must take a big scalp.

How GWS wins: Even without the injured Ward the Giants midfield is stacked with talent and runs too deep for the Dockers to stop. Jeremy Cameron and Jeremy Finlayson are in a rich vein of form and they'll get plenty of opportunities.

How Fremantle wins: He's had an inconsistent year so far, but if Michael Walters can break free his impact on the game will be immense. Time to throw him into the midfield and let the skilfull left-footer have an influence.

The stat: The Dockers had a 33.3 per cent conversion rate against the Eagles last week and had 1.9 on the scoreboard at half-time, which makes it extremely tough to win games. They must clean that up to get reward for effort.

The match-up: Shane Mumford v Rory Lobb

The master and his former apprentice will lock horns for the first time since Lobb walked out on the Giants last year to head home to Perth. Lobb – ranked 131st in the Schick AFL Player Ratings - hasn't coped well against physical ruckman in the past so it will be a massive challenge, but he has the athleticism to hurt Mumford (323rd) around the ground and forward.

It’s a big week for: Matt de Boer

The former Docker learnt his tagging craft at Fremantle and is likely to get another job this week. The returning Nat Fyfe will attract de Boer's attention in Canberra and the Giant will know the captain's game well after playing on him in match simulation at training for years.

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Shouldn’t have any issues coming away with the 4 points this week.

What I’m most interested in seeing today is how we move the ball into the forward 50. We were very poor in this against the eagles bug improved v the tigers and I thought our ball movement into the 50 against the cats was the best it has been in our history. There was a lot of variability which made it difficult for Geelong to defend. We also showed a willingness (and ability) to take our time and work it into the 50 with short and pricise kicking against a very well organised defence which we have really struggled to do in the past. By doing this it really helps our attack and makes the long ball and out the back so much more potent because it is less predictable. I’m expecting the boys to start to really put some of the less fancied teams to the sword over the next month if they can keep it up
 

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Our defence under the pump, running into each other and not coping well with the high balls to their talls. Hogan, Taberner and Cox causing headaches.
 

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Really dislike umpire Nichols.
At our goal, just five mins ago, he doesn’t pay an arm chop when Jez was infringed (we scored anyway), he calls play on.
Then at our end Zac softly guards the ball after both players had come to ground, but Nichols is there to award a high contact. AND a fifty and a sure goal.
He screwed us in that 2016 final against the dogs and I’m watching him do it again today.
 

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Dirty paid mark and 50m penalty from matthew nicholls to keep freo in front at HT. Good fight back from the boys nevertheless
 

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Green maggots not helping.

Tobey Greene rule shown to be only in use for Tobes.

Some very poor defence by the lads.


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Woeful first half really. Defensively very messy. Davis getting destroyed by Taberner, lucky he can’t kick straight.

Taranto and Daniels need to work on their foot skills. It’s really going to hold Taranto back from being a fully fledged star.

Should easily run away winners but it’s going to depend on what mindset they come out with.
 

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Williams, Kenners and Shaw need to knuckle down on Matera and Walters. Davis, Haynes and Taylor need to stop over-committing and leaving a Freo player to get a free mark or run on from behind the contest. I am not convinced it will be an easy win but if we are to win, a big 3rd quarter will be needed and the defensive unit will need to pick up their game to prevent easy run-in goals and marks 20-30m out directly in front.
 

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Finlayson is a very good forward. Who would’ve thought.

Liking Buntine’s game too, love his compete level up forward. Like him there rather than down back.
 

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Yeah this is a loss I think.

Midfield not good enough. Poor finishing. No answer for Taberner.

From one of the best wins in club history to this. Geez.
 

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Yep, midfield just got dominated. No answer to Fyfe, seemingly holding back off the ball rather than contesting, and sloppy finishing.
 
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