Fremantle face the final frontier
Fremantle will have conquered the final frontier of travel if they beat Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the Dockers becoming just the fifth club in 10 years to win in all of the AFL’s mainland States during one season.
The Dockers have already won in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia and Saturday’s match is their only trip to AAMI Stadium in 2010. Fremantle had never won at the Gabba before this season and hadn’t tasted success at the SCG since 1996. Their record at Etihad Stadium was also terrible, but Fremantle demolished Essendon there in round two.
The grand slam of States is such a rare achievement that only Sydney in 2008 and 2006, St Kilda last season, Collingwood in 2009 and 2007 and Adelaide in 2006 have achieved the feat in the last 10 years.
Fremantle coach Mark Harvey said the players had discovered the art of playing well anywhere.
“It’s about how to handle preparation on the road better. We’ve got a lot of first and third year players who are still working on that but they appear to be getting it right,” Harvey said.
“It’s not easy to win on the road. We’ve still got six or seven games on the road now and we need to be able to sustain the concept of being able to be really competitive and win those games. That’s what we’re trying to do.”