Fremantle slips to Crows
Adelaide 6.1 11.3 12.6 16.9 (105)
Fremantle 5.3 7.4 10.6 12.10 (82)
Adelaide: Walker 4, Edwards 2, Dangerfield 2, Thompson 2, McLeod, Petrenko, Johncock, Tippett, Goodwin, Porplyzia
Fremantle: Pavlich 3, Barlow 3, Hill 2, Sandilands, Mayne, van Berlo, Fyfe
Adelaide: Johncock, Thompson, Edwards, Mackay, Dangerfield, Sloane, Goodwin, Douglas, Walker
Fremantle: Barlow, Sandilands, Hill, Mundy, Fyfe
Adelaide: Davis (concussion), McLeod (knee)
Umpires: Avon, McInerney, Mollison
Official crowd: 35,605 at AAMI Stadium
A LATE challenge by Fremantle has fallen short as Adelaide held on for a 23-point win at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.
The Crows led by 23 points at half time, but a Matthew Pavlich-led revival saw Freo close to within six points early in the final quarter before Adelaide kicked away to record a 16.9 (105) to 12.10 (82) win.
Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow continued his world-beating debut season with 32 possessions and three goals, while Stephen Hill (24 possessions and two goals), Pavlich (three goals) and ruckman Aaron Sandilands (37 hit-outs and a goal) also won their positions.
Adelaide, which lost Andrew McLeod and Phil Davis to injury in the first half, was expected to tire in the latter stages of the game, but crucial goals to youngsters Taylor Walker and Patrick Dangerfield saw the home side hold on for the win.
Walker booted four goals in an impressive four-quarter display, while Dangerfield, retiring Crows’ champion Tyson Edwards and tough midfielder Scott Thompson finished with two each.
Emerging midfielder Rory Sloane, who replaced Edwards in the 22 last weekend, finished with 20 possessions and six inside 50’s, while Thompson (34 disposals), Simon Goodwin (30 disposals) and Graham Johncock (26 disposals) were also instrumental.