Game Chat – Fremantle v Western Bulldogs

Written by Father Dougal on April 27 2019

Where and when: Optus Stadium, Saturday April 27, 6.10pm AWST

Last time they met: Optus Stadium, round five, 2018: Fremantle 16.12 (108) defeated Western Bulldogs 8.6 (54)

The Dockers brushed the young Dogs aside to remain undefeated at new home Optus Stadium, with skipper Nat Fyfe at his domineering best picking up a career-high 43 disposals. Michael Walters bagged five goals for the home side, but the win was soured by Matt Taberner suffering a fractured foot.

What it means for Fremantle: If there is a game the Dockers would want to win this year, outside of the Western Derby clashes, this would be it. The Len Hall Tribute Game is a massive event for the club and will be an even bigger occasion than normal with David Mundy playing his 300th game.

What it means for Western Bulldogs: The Dogs are losing credibility by the week and spoiling Mundy’s party would be a huge shot in the arm for their finals chances. After winning their first two games the Bullies have lost three straight, and getting belted by Carlton was deflating to say the least.

How Fremantle wins: The Dockers should have too much firepower at home for the Dogs to handle. If Fremantle plays with pace and dare in similar fashion to the upset win over the Giants, it’s hard to see the Dogs getting a toehold.

How the Western Bulldogs win: It will take a huge effort from onball stars Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and Tom Liberatore to deny the Dockers enough forward 50 entries to kick a winning score. The Dogs have to dominate midfield and lock it in their attacking half.

The stat: It was like watching a man against boys when Nat Fyfe tore the Dogs apart last year. The Dockers skipper finished with 43 disposals, 21 contested possessions, 13 clearances, seven inside 50s and a goal.

The match-up: Nat Fyfe v Marcus Bontempelli

Fyfe might only be ranked sixth in the AFL Player Ratings but he has been almost unstoppable this season, averaging 9.5 clearances and 29.3 disposals, and is arguably the best player in the game. Bontempelli (18th) isn’t far behind and has averaged 29.8 touches and 6.4 clearances, but will need to be at his absolute best to match Fyfe’s output.

It’s a big week for: David Mundy

The much-loved veteran will chalk up 300 games in purple and fittingly be lauded for an outstanding career. Mundy, the 2010 Doig medallist and 2015 All Australian, is arguably Freo’s second-greatest player behind Matthew Pavlich, the only other WA-based player to reach the landmark, and deserves every plaudit coming his way this week.

Father Dougals’s Tip: Dockers by 10. Just hard to see the Dogs winning at Optus.

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  1. NO LATE CHANGES

    FINAL INTERCHANGES
    Fremantle: Reece Conca, Andrew Brayshaw, Cam McCarthy, Ryan Nyhuis
    Western Bulldogs: Josh Dunkley, Ed Richards, Sam Lloyd, Lachie Young

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  2. SUPERCOACH

    Q time4.3.27 – 2.2.14

    N. Fyfe 42
    L. Hunter 38
    L. Ryan 37
    B. Smith 29
    M. Walters 37
    J. Johannisen 26
    R. Nyhuis 34
    M. Wallis 24
    N. Wilson 33
    M. Bontempelli 23
    J. Hogan 32
    T. Liberatore 22
    R. Lobb 25
    Z. Cordy 21
    E. Langdon 23
    W. Hayes 21
    A. Pearce 20
    J. Macrae 18
    A. Brayshaw 20
    E. Wood 17
    B. Hill 19
    T. English 17
    B. Matera 19
    J. Dunkley 16
    S. Switkowski 19
    B. Gowers 13
    J. Hamling 17
    C. Daniel 11
    D. Mundy 17
    S. Lloyd 9
    D. Tucker 13
    E. Richards 8
    E. Hughes 13
    J. Trengove 8
    A. Cerra 12
    T. McLean 7
    R. Conca 12
    A. Naughton 4
    C. McCarthy 10
    H. Crozier 4
    T. Colyer 10
    T. Dickson 4
    M. Taberner 5
    L. Young 4

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  3. SUPERCOACH

    1/2 time 6.7.43 – 6.6.42

    R. Nyhuis 66
    L. Hunter 69
    M. Walters 64
    T. McLean 52
    B. Hill 56
    M. Wallis 51
    N. Fyfe 54
    T. English 46
    N. Wilson 53
    B. Smith 45
    J. Hamling 52
    J. Dunkley 43
    D. Tucker 46
    S. Lloyd 38
    J. Hogan 44
    C. Daniel 37
    D. Mundy 42
    M. Bontempelli 35
    L. Ryan 41
    W. Hayes 34
    B. Matera 40
    J. Johannisen 33
    R. Lobb 39
    B. Gowers 32
    A. Cerra 32
    H. Crozier 31
    S. Switkowski 30
    T. Liberatore 31
    E. Langdon 29
    Z. Cordy 30
    C. McCarthy 28
    J. Macrae 29
    T. Colyer 27
    E. Richards 27
    E. Hughes 27
    E. Wood 23
    A. Brayshaw 24
    J. Trengove 22
    R. Conca 22
    L. Young 19
    A. Pearce 20
    T. Dickson 14
    M. Taberner 17
    A. Naughton 9

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  4. SUPERCOACH

    3/4 time 9.9.63 – 8.9.57

    N. Fyfe 96
    L. Hunter 95
    B. Hill 92
    M. Wallis 77
    D. Mundy 92
    J. Dunkley 75
    N. Wilson 80
    T. English 75
    R. Nyhuis 80
    B. Smith 71
    J. Hamling 79
    M. Bontempelli 69
    M. Walters 75
    T. Liberatore 65
    L. Ryan 63
    H. Crozier 64
    E. Hughes 53
    T. McLean 62
    E. Langdon 52
    J. Johannisen 61
    A. Cerra 51
    C. Daniel 58
    J. Hogan 51
    J. Macrae 58
    B. Matera 51
    J. Trengove 53
    D. Tucker 50
    W. Hayes 47
    R. Lobb 48
    L. Young 39
    S. Switkowski 46
    E. Richards 37
    R. Conca 41
    S. Lloyd 37
    T. Colyer 38
    T. Dickson 34
    A. Brayshaw 38
    Z. Cordy 32
    A. Pearce 31
    B. Gowers 32
    C. McCarthy 29
    E. Wood 31
    M. Taberner 22
    A. Naughton 19

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  5. SUPERCOACH

    13.10.88 – 9.15.69

    before scaling

    N. Fyfe 125
    L. Hunter 128
    D. Mundy 118
    C. Daniel 98
    B. Hill 106
    M. Bontempelli 92
    N. Wilson 101
    J. Dunkley 91
    R. Nyhuis 95
    T. English 88
    L. Ryan 93
    B. Smith 88
    J. Hamling 89
    T. McLean 86
    B. Matera 87
    M. Wallis 85
    E. Langdon 83
    J. Macrae 83
    M. Walters 82
    H. Crozier 82
    A. Cerra 73
    J. Johannisen 70
    D. Tucker 73
    T. Liberatore 68
    J. Hogan 71
    Z. Cordy 65
    R. Lobb 70
    J. Trengove 58
    E. Hughes 69
    W. Hayes 53
    S. Switkowski 62
    L. Young 49
    M. Taberner 57
    E. Richards 47
    R. Conca 50
    S. Lloyd 46
    T. Colyer 50
    T. Dickson 44
    A. Brayshaw 50
    E. Wood 41
    A. Pearce 37
    A. Naughton 38
    C. McCarthy 33
    B. Gowers 35

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    1. Dunks is doing enough allsaints , not flying but no shockers either.
      Think I wil hang on and sort out more pressing issues!

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