Fremantle win but Mzungu injured
Fremantle broke their pre-season duck but will be sweating on the fitness of defender Tendai Mzungu after a thrilling nine-point victory over arch AFL rivals West Coast at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.
Mzungu, snared by the Dockers in a deal with Gold Coast during trade week, fell awkwardly in a first-quarter marking contest and was in obvious pain as he was carried from the ground by two trainers.
The 25-year-old was almost certain to earn a berth for Fremantle’s season opener against Brisbane at the Gabba on March 26 after an impressive pre-season campaign, and the Dockers will hope his injury isn’t serious.
The incident soured an otherwise promising performance from the Dockers, who booted the final two goals of the match to prevail 13.12 (90) to 11.15 (81), earning the club its first win of the pre-season.
Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich and 19-year-old forward Nat Fyfe (two goals) starred for the home side, while Hayden Ballantyne (two goals), Chris Mayne (two goals), Michael Walters (four goals) and Nick Suban were also impressive.
Injury-plagued West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey enjoyed another fruitful outing to show he’s on track for a breakthrough season, while forward Jack Darling, who was dropped last week for rocking up late to training, showed promise despite two wayward shots on goal.
Eagles forward Mark LeCras booted two goals but was also influential in the midfield, while defender Will Schofield kept former Collingwood forward Jack Anthony goalless.
Fremantle midfielders Stephen Hill and David Mundy made it through their first match of the pre-season unscathed after entering the fray after half-time.