It might need been Nat Fyfe’s day, however he wouldn’t have begrudged David Mundy doing the honours as Fremantle introduced up a uncommon and cherished century.
Mundy’s second objective halfway by means of the ultimate time period edged the Dockers previous 100 points for the first time in greater than two years, as they posted a scientific 62-point win over Hawthorn in Launceston.
Having arrived with the goal of growing Fremantle’s scoring firepower, it was additionally a satisfying first century for coach Justin Longmuir because the Dockers rode Rory Lobb’s four-goal contribution and three majors from Bailey Banfield all the best way into the highest eight. At least briefly, anyway.
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In Fyfe’s first season, Fremantle have been sitting so comfortably contained in the eight they might afford to relaxation him from the journey to Tasmania as Mark Harvey fielded a controversial B-team that was walloped by 116 points.
There was no such luxurious for Longmuir in Fyfe’s twelfth season, however the Dockers have been handsomely rewarded for their efforts, kicking eight targets to 2 after half-time to coast dwelling 16.12 (108) to six.10 (46).
While Tom Mitchell racked up a game-high 39 touches for Hawthorn, it was Fremantle who had the load of numbers in the midfield as Fyfe, Mundy and children Andrew Brayshaw and Caleb Serong all hit the 30 mark.
Serong was influential with 10 clearances to go along with his 30 disposals as he relished being unshackled from tagging duties, whereas evergreen Mundy embellished his 30 touches with two targets and 10 rating involvements.
The Dockers dominated contested possession 152-127, organising a 59-41 edge in inside 50s to underpin their scoring achievement.
Fyfe set the tone with a superb first quarter and massive males Sean Darcy and Lobb have been shining lights as Fremantle recorded their first win over the Hawks in Launceston.
The Dockers received the bounce in the opening time period and saved Hawthorn at bay through the second to take a beneficial 26-point benefit to half-time.
Lobb kicked three of his 4 targets in the opening stanza as Banfield received two to have a good time his first call-up for the season.
Lobb’s sidekick Josh Treacy missed a pair of early alternatives, however couldn’t miss in the second time period when he received his first from the objective line.
Sam Switkowski capitalised on Travis Colyer’s reflex intercept and Mundy snapped a magnificence from the boundary line because the Dockers ensured they might have some reward for their ascendancy in the clearance, contested ball and inside 50 counts.
Fremantle’s kicking woes reared for a time in the third, after they dominated the territory earlier than ultimately getting rewarded because the three-quarter time siren closed in.
The Dockers added 3.5 to 1.2 for the time period to slowly however absolutely flip the screws.
In stark distinction to their solely earlier win on the venue in the notorious 2006 Sirengate sport in opposition to St Kilda, there was no pressure in the ultimate time period as Fremantle set about stuffing their suitcases with some proportion for the lengthy flight dwelling.
Fremantle might need timed the re-signing of Darcy through the bye week to perfection, as a result of his worth has solely gone north since then on the again of a surprising three-game highway journey.
The 23-year-old adopted up his best-on-ground outing in opposition to Carlton final weekend with one other exceptional set of numbers to dominate his tussle with Jonathon Ceglar.
Darcy had a career-high 25 disposals to go together with 5 clearances and 9 marks, of which six have been contested. He was an virtually impassable wall for the Hawks as he intercepted at will.
While Darcy is locked in till the top of 2024, the Dockers must begin saving their pennies for when he turns into a free agent and may very well be approaching his peak.
And a scary reminder for opposition ruckmen – Darcy is but to finish a full AFL pre-season resulting from damage.
Defender Alex Pearce known as on the Dockers to place in a particular efficiency for Fyfe throughout a pre-match presentation in the rooms, nevertheless it was Fyfe who led the best way by setting the tone with an impressive opening time period.
Fyfe had 13 touches and a whopping six rating involvements in the first quarter as Fremantle took a 23-point result in the first change.
The skipper was used ahead extra after that, getting some reward in the ultimate time period when he kicked a objective and took a late hanger.
Fyfe completed with 31 disposals, six marks, 12 rating involvements, three clearances and a objective in a effective afternoon’s work.
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