Fremantle humbled at ‘G
Melbourne 6.5 10.7 14.12 22.17 (149)
Fremantle 1.4 6.6 7.10 8.12 (60)
Melbourne: Green 5, Martin 3, Watts 3, Howe 2, Jurrah 2, Frawley, Gawn, Nicholson, Petterd, Sylvia, Trengove, Jones
Fremantle: Johnson 3, Mayne 2, Pavlich, Pearce, McPharlin
Melbourne: Martin, Green, McKenzie, Watts, Scully, Howe
Fremantle: Fyfe, Barlow, Mzungu, Johnson, McPharlin
Melbourne: Garland (leg)
Fremantle: Grover (leg), Crowley (back)
Melbourne: Colin Garland replaced by Jamie Bennell at three-quarter time
Fremantle: Antoni Grover replaced by Ben Bucovaz in the second quarter
Umpires: Kennedy, Leppard, Wenn
Melbourne has continued Fremantle’s long MCG losing streak with an 89-point thumping on Sunday afternoon.
The Demons kicked 22.17 (149) to 8.12 (60) to inflict Freo’s 10th consecutive loss at the MCG. It hasn’t won at the home of football since April, 2007.
It was also Melbourne’s highest-ever winning margin against Fremantle, but some of the gloss of the win was lost when defender Colin Garland hobbled off in the third quarter with what looked to be an aggravation of the ankle injury that had kept him out for the past month.
The Demons burst out of the blocks with the first five goals of the game, but Fremantle hit back in the second quarter thanks largely to Michael Johnson who booted three goals.
However, that was Fremantle’s only winning quarter as the Demons called the shots for much of the day.
They finished off the job with eight goals in the final term to be emphatic victors.
Fremantle conceded far too many turnovers that resulted in Melbourne goals, while the Demons showed much more aggression than they did in the previous week’s loss to Collingwood.
The undersized Fremantle defence struggled to cope with the rotation of Stefan Martin and Max Gawn.
The big pair took turns in the ruck and in attack and both looked dangerous when they were in front of goal, including an unintentional drop kick goal from Martin in the third quarter.
In his first AFL match since horrifically breaking his leg last year, Fremantle’s Michael Barlow had no problem finding the football, with 25 possessions. His disposal was at times wasteful, but he will improve with each passing week.