AFL 2011 Half-Time Report
Fremantle (7th, 6th)
WHAT’S GONE RIGHT: Nat Fyfe is a tremendous find. In just his second year the utility player appears to have reached an elite level, while David Mundy was already there. The Dockers have done a reasonable job of damage control among arguably the worst injury spate in the AFL.
WHAT’S GONE WRONG: Fremantle began with long-term absentees such as Michael Barlow, then lost another couple of players in the pre-season including Alex Silvagni and Anthony Morabito. Then Aaron Sandilands went down after such a fine start.
THE COACH: Mark Harvey is safe in the job for now, and needs to get his best team on the park more often to be properly judged.
SURPRISE: Kepler Bradley is a massive beneficiary of the new interchange rule, which killed off the idea of the lumbering second ruckman. He backed up Sandilands (when he was fit) and also has kicked 20 goals. It is arguably the best season from a maligned player.
DISAPPOINTMENT: When he won the Rising Star, Rhys Palmer looked to have it all before him. But a full knee reconstruction then a slower-than-expected return put him off the radar. There is talk of him defecting to Greater Western Sydney.
THE STAT: Fremantle has scored from 53 per cent of its inside-50s — ranked 1 in the league.
THE DRAW: Four more trips to Melbourne are a test, and the Dockers still have to play Collingwood, Carlton and Hawthorn.