Commonly tipped to turn out to be a Western Bulldog at season’s conclude, Fremantle significant gentleman Rory Lobb wrecked his very likely potential teammates at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
Lobb set on a intention-kicking masterclass to encourage the Dockers to a pressure-releasing 17-point acquire – 14.11 (95) to 11.12 (78) – and all but cemented their finals location.
The match-superior four-purpose haul, including a few in the 1st half, to support his workforce stop a 3-sport winless run and set them back again in the top-4, for now at least.
Lobb was held goalless last 7 days from Melbourne and was in question with a shoulder difficulty but confirmed no indicators of any sort or damage issues.
He linked sweetly with four extensive bombs from all over 50m ahead of his 1st blemish of the night time halfway via the 3rd time period and completed with 4.2.
From rebound to forward tension, slick ball motion and some imposing tall targets, all the things the Dockers experienced been lacking in the earlier few months was back in the 1st 50 % especially which assisted set up the critical four points.
The acquire didn’t occur with out a cost even so, with Matt Taberner – who kicked two 1st-quarter targets in a lively start – finished in advance of a few-quarter time with a appropriate calf pressure in a different injury blow to the essential ahead.
There was also a scare with WA’s Aaron Naughton, who kicked 3 to consider his period tally to a career-higher 47, and a couple of high-priced turnovers sparking a 3rd-quarter Bulldog revival.
The Bulldogs were the much better staff close to the ground in that expression but Fremantle’s impressive effectiveness, with 4.4 from 10 within-50 entries, observed them break up it on the scoreboard.
Youngster Nathan O’Driscoll, who price a single of Naughton’s ambitions right after an errant kick into the driving post down again, built up for it quickly immediately after with a breathtaking prolonged-range goal on the operate and substantial celebration to go with it.
Caleb Serong was the star of the demonstrate in the midfield, supporting Fremantle get on top in the clearance fight.
Serong had three centre clearances on his individual in the to start with quarter and finished with 8 clearances all up from his 24 belongings.
The club’s video games-report holder David Mundy, who declared his retirement during the 7 days, showed he’s nevertheless acquired a great deal left in the tank with some silver services within 50, utilizing it at 82 for every cent efficiency.
Livewire Lachie Schultz had his very best game in a even though, tackling ferociously, nailing his kicks and delivering a backlink among the midfield and forward-line.
Winger Blake Acres also bounced again from a lean run given that returning from a hamstring injuries, though Brownlow Medal fancy Andrew Brayshaw’s defensive attempts and two-way working was all over again on display.
Camera IconCaleb Serong and Andrew Brayshaw. Credit history: Michael Willson/AFL Pics
Recalled mid Darcy Tucker was an additional important contributor, transferring his crimson-very hot WAFL form to the top level to press his scenario for a lasting location in the 22.
Tucker had a whopping 10 rating involvements which was the equivalent-most on the ground.
Speedster Michael Frederick booted 3 objectives including the sealer midway by means of the remaining time period.
Fremantle’s three-pronged tall ahead assault, Lobb, Griffin Logue and Matt Taberner all strike the scoreboard in the opening term which include two majors from the latter as the people opened up a nine-point quarter-time buffer.
Taberner, who was below pressure to keep his spot, appeared set for a significant day just before his personal injury which saw sub Liam Henry appear on and do a couple of wonderful matters.
The rebound from defence was superb from the get-go with Luke Ryan, Heath Chapman and Jordan Clark significantly harmful.
Ryan’s ability to roll off his opponent Josh Bruce was significant, 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 constant, captain Marcus Bontempelli lifted right after 50 percent-time, Naughton was their principal man up ahead and Tim English has his moments in a see-sawing ruck fight from Sean Darcy.
On the mark
The Dockers’ uncontested-marking match induced their opponents head aches.
In the first fifty percent by itself, the victors experienced a whopping 44 more uncontested marks and 61 uncontested belongings.
Their skill to hit concentrate on just after focus on proved vital to setting up the gain.
“We did not go into the match looking to consider so quite a few uncontested marks, it just sort of transpired,” Longmuir said at fifty percent-time.
“But I assume we have located the superior harmony with our ball movement, we have absent at the match when we have wanted to and we’ve found a mark when we have essential to.”
That differential settled down in the second 50 percent but was continue to significant.
Son (and grandson) of a gun unearthed
A 3rd-generation Bulldog produced his AFL debut, fittingly as the club celebrated Retro Round by putting on their old Robodog jumper design and style.
Sam Darcy, son of club great Luke Darcy and grandson of David, acquired the phone up right after a stunning run of form in the VFL.
The 19-year-old, who stands at 205cm and weighs 94kg, began in defence and acquired the big position on Matt Taberner.
His first touch was an intercept mark about five minutes into the match, obtaining a enormous spherical of applause, and he flew at the footy with self-confidence in a promising commence to his AFL vocation.
Remarkably retiring Fremantle veteran David Mundy played versus Luke in the early a long time of his decorated 19-yr job, similarly with Scott West, whose son Rhylee was also out there.
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