Archive for May, 2010
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Fremantle’s season – if possible – is becoming even more impressive.
The playing group comprised of emerging youngsters, improving mid-tier players and established stars have conquered almost every challenge on-field.
But the club is also learning to deal with crises in a way which means those players can concentrate on football rather than frippery.
The Michael Johnson affair will reach a conclusion of sorts today, when the talented but foolish player is allowed back behind the purple curtain.
And the fact that two wins have been secured since his arrest and subsequent conviction for a drug offence is testament to an admirable response to a difficult situation.
Fremantle midfielder David Mundy will wait until the end of the year before opening contract negotiations with the port club.
The 24-year-old has been a standout performer for the Dockers this year and delivered another stellar display in the engine room during their comfortable win over North Melbourne yesterday.
The near best-on-ground performance will raise his profile even further, with the new Gold Coast franchise hovering as a potential rival to Fremantle for Mundy’s signature.
But Mundy said he had not been approached by the AFL’s 17th club, which enters the competition next season, and was unaware of any contact made between them and his management.
When asked if he would like to stay at Fremantle beyond this season, Mundy said: “Yeah, I’m not too sure. I’ll put that off and have a think about it at the end of the year and see where we go from there.
“We’re playing great football this year and hopefully we can get a few more wins on the board throughout the rest of the year.”
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CAPTAIN Matthew Pavlich says talk of a new contract with Fremantle can wait, preferring to concentrate on sustaining his and the team’s good form.
Pavlich, 28, said he was yet to enter negotiations with Fremantle for a new contract beyond this season, and he was not sure when discussions would commence.
However, he said he felt no pressure to commit before season’s end, and would not comment on what impact his signature would have on Fremantle’s season, with the club sitting outright second on the AFL ladder.
“I don’t think it’s my position to understand or comment on a ‘boost’ to the club,” Pavlich said from Fremantle Oval on Monday.
“[I’m] really happy with where it’s placed.
“We haven’t really changed at all from our perspective. We’re happy with how its progressing, and so is the club, we’ll get to a point some time later in the year.
SUSPENDED Fremantle utility Michael Johnson has addressed his teammates after serving a two-week exile from the club, and captain Matthew Pavlich says he is now “back in the fold”.
Johnson addressed the club’s leadership group on Monday morning before joining his teammates for a light recovery session at Fremantle Oval.
The 25-year-old is unavailable for AFL selection until round 14, but Pavlich said it was important for Johnson to be back at the club and around his teammates.
“It’s nice to have him back and we’re here to support him,” Pavlich said from Fremantle Oval on Monday.
“He understands he’s got a fair bit of work to do both on the track, but certainly off it, to make sure he gains the trust and respect back from the board and [playing] group.
“We’re not here to divulge exactly what happened in a private setting between Michael and the leadership group – it’s not for public dialogue – (but) we met, and it’s dealt with.
FREMANTLE coach Mark Harvey has given Kepler Bradley a ringing endorsement after his four-goal performance against North Melbourne, saying the rapidly improving utility is now a crucial part of Fremantle’s make-up.
Bradley, who has played 27 games at Fremantle since crossing from Essendon and three in 2010, was a star in the first half on Sunday and finished with 21 possessions and five inside 50s.
He has been among his side’s best in his other two games this season – against the Swans and Lions – but he has primarily been selected as a back-up ruckman and used only when required.
The 24-year-old spent the majority of his time forward against the Roos and played a big part in Fremantle’s emphatic 61-point win.
“He’s a good sidekick for Aaron [Sandilands], isn’t he?” Harvey said after the game. “A lot of focus goes on Aaron, but he’s part of the show.
FREMANTLE goal-sneak Hayden Ballantyne says unselfishness and a continued focus on tackling pressure is making the side’s forward line a potent weapon this season.
Fremantle equalled its best ever quarter against North Melbourne on Sunday, booting 10.4 in a devastating third term before running out 61-point winners.
It was a quarter typified by forward line pressure, as the home side went into attack 15 times for 14 scoring results, Freo’s forwards holding the ball inside 50 until they scored.
A number of the 10 goals were created by quick handballs or short passes to players in better positions and Ballantyne, who had a team-high six score-assists, said unselfishness was a focus for the forward group.
“If I don’t hands off to ‘Mayney’ I get a spray, but that’s what it’s all about, bringing other teammates into the game,” he told afl.com.au after the match.
“They handball to me, I handball to them, and whoever kicks the goal, it’s a team goal.
Fremantle 6.5 8.8 18.12 21.13 (139)
North Melbourne 2.1 4.3 7.8 11.12 (78)
Fremantle: Pavlich 4, Bradley 4, Fyfe 3, Mayne 2, Ballantyne 2, Hasleby, Hill, Ibbotson, Suban, van Berlo, Sandilands
North Melbourne: Thomas 5, Harding, Hansen, Firrito, O’Keefe, Harvey, Wright
Fremantle: Mundy, Bradley, Fyfe, Ballantyne, van Berlo, Suban, Crowley, Grover
North Melbourne: Thomas, Swallow, Bastinac, Grima, Ziebell
Fremantle: Michael Barlow (hamstring) replaced in selected side by Clancee Pearce
North Melbourne: Brent Harvey (elbow)
Umpires: Hay, Meredith, Ryan
Official crowd: 36,175 at Subiaco Oval
“The Creep”, a short movie about a strange guy who captures kids at night and buries them, starring Dylan Roberton as the creep.
Was filmed in Frankston, Mid-2009.
(Dylan doesn’t enter until 1.44)