Fremantle falls to Crows
Adelaide 8.1 12.4 19.5 22.9 (141)
Fremantle 2.1 6.3 8.5 10.6 (66)
Adelaide: Walker 5, Tippett, Sloane, Henderson 3, Cook 2, Dangerfield, L Thompson, Porplyzia, Gunston, Callinan, McKernan
Fremantle: Crowley, Mayne 3, Mellington 2, Michie, Johnson
Adelaide: Sloane, Tippett, Henderson, Walker, Doughty, Porplyzia, Cook, Smith
Fremantle: Mayne, Crowley, Johnson, Mzungu
4721 at Thebarton Oval
Adelaide has stormed to an emphatic 75-point win over Fremantle at Thebarton Oval on Saturday.
Fremantle was up by a goal midway through the opening term but the Crows, led by Taylor Walker, piled on six unanswered majors to lead by 36 points at the first change.
The two sides went goal for goal in the second term, but Adelaide was never headed and the home side kicked seven goals to the visitors’ two in the third quarter to secure the win 22.9 (141) to 10.6 (66).
Both teams rotated seven players off the interchange bench in the hot and humid conditions, with Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich and Adelaide defenders Richard Tambling and Graham Johncock among the players to only play a half.
Winners were hard to find on the Fremantle team.
Veteran Ryan Crowley (three goals) had the better of Johncock before being subbed off in the second half, while mature-age recruit Tendai Mzungu continued to suggest he has a promising future at AFL level.
Young forward Josh Mellington also provided a target, kicking two goals.
Fremantle was without as many as 10 first-choice players on Saturday afternoon and coach Mark Harvey said he wasn’t too concerned by the result.
“The message in all these games is don’t read too much into it,” Harvey said.
“I think you’ll find all clubs now are getting used to the demand of the game and what it is going to do to their playing list.
“Yeah, we’ve got to find some form and confidence but the important thing is not to lose a player or two at this particular stage.”
The Crows started slowly but ramped up their forward-half pressure during the first quarter and Freo, who were without star players David Mundy, Stephen Hill and Aaron Sandilands, struggled to clear the ball out of defence.
Harvey experimented with players in different positions in the final term.
Chris Mayne (two goals) worked hard around the stoppages before copping a heavy knock and Michael Johnson kicked a goal after switching from defence to attack.
Fremantle will now return to Western Australia for its third-round NAB Challenge game.