Preview Sydney Swans vs Fremantle Dockers, Saturday May 22 @ Optus Stadium - Rd 10

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Joycerama

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This is the first of 3 really critical games against Freo, Carlton and St.Kilda for our finals push. Those three are 10th, 11th, and 12th currently on the ladder and they're all going to be pushing for our spot. If we beat all three of them, we get that little bit more breathing space in the run home.
I would be happy if we won two out of three
 

Joycerama

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I think it can work. Freo are weak. And by that I mean a lot of their players only run one way and are non-factors physically. It's made them vulnerable to teams who take their players on directly with run and carry. Their tackles slide right off and their players end up ball-watching. If we try a short kicking, corridor game I think they will be well equipped to shut that down.

Or we could just go with the most straight-forward route to defeating Freo: stop David Mundy.
Stop Mundy and Serong
 

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Sean Darcy was excellent today. Just putting it down the throat of the Freo midfielders from stoppages. We'll need a big game from the rucks I think.
 

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we will win by so much that fremantle will initiate a violent takeover of the WA government, declare an independent nation breaking off from australia and then close their borders so they never have to play us again
Freo supporters won’t do anything of the like.

They’ll all go home, have a bit of a choof, take off the purple & slip on their favourite tie dye gear before checking the calendar to see if they’re scheduled to wash the dreds this month.
 

hairy biker

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I thought I'd look up our record in WA.
v Freo P 16 W 4 L 12 (Optus 0-2) 25% win record
v WCE P 27 W 11 L 16 (Optus 1-0) 40% win record.

Over their existence Freo finalists 7 out of 26 seasons, WCE 25 out of 34 seasons.

SCG/ANZ record v Freo P 20 W 15 D 1 L 4
SCG/ANZ record v WCE P 22 W 18 L 4 (MCG 1-1, Metricon 0-1)

Stuffed if I know why there is the anomaly of our record v Freo in WA.
 

Dubai Quacker

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I thought I'd look up our record in WA.
v Freo P 16 W 4 L 12 (Optus 0-2) 25% win record
v WCE P 27 W 11 L 16 (Optus 1-0) 40% win record.

Over their existence Freo finalists 7 out of 26 seasons, WCE 25 out of 34 seasons.

SCG/ANZ record v Freo P 20 W 15 D 1 L 4
SCG/ANZ record v WCE P 22 W 18 L 4 (MCG 1-1, Metricon 0-1)

Stuffed if I know why there is the anomaly of our record v Freo in WA.
Freo under Ross Lyon flooded & played a defence-heavy strategy. Our slow, wide game style suited them perfectly.

Conversely, teams able to move the ball fast & frantically carved them up.

We need to play our round 1-3 style to have any hope. Otherwise, we’ll kick 5 goals for the match and go away disappointed yet again.
 

Olian

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I thought I'd look up our record in WA.
v Freo P 16 W 4 L 12 (Optus 0-2) 25% win record
v WCE P 27 W 11 L 16 (Optus 1-0) 40% win record.

Over their existence Freo finalists 7 out of 26 seasons, WCE 25 out of 34 seasons.

SCG/ANZ record v Freo P 20 W 15 D 1 L 4
SCG/ANZ record v WCE P 22 W 18 L 4 (MCG 1-1, Metricon 0-1)

Stuffed if I know why there is the anomaly of our record v Freo in WA.
We are undefeated at Optus Stadium as the home team.
 

hairy biker

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Freo under Ross Lyon flooded & played a defence-heavy strategy. Our slow, wide game style suited them perfectly.

Conversely, teams able to move the ball fast & frantically carved them up.

We need to play our round 1-3 style to have any hope. Otherwise, we’ll kick 5 goals for the match and go away disappointed yet again.
But our record in Sydney v Freo is good and if anything the SCG should have been more conducive to the Lyon gamestyle than Subi.
Under Lyon we played Freo 11 times for 6 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses.
All 4 losses were in Perth (3 at Subi, 1 at Optus).

So I'm not convinced it was Lyon's coaching style that explains our W/L record in Perth v Freo.
And excluding games under Lyon our record is still bad; P 11 W 3 L 8
 
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