Freo must be switched on: De Boer
Matt de Boer says Fremantle must be switched on from the very first bounce of every game or face falling behind like the team did in Saturday’s game against Sydney at the SCG.
The Swans started brilliantly and worked to a 40-point lead at the main break before Freo stormed back with a withering third-quarter burst.
The visitors fell 13 points short, regaining some respect for the gallant fight back.
But de Boer said the damage had already been done early on and that left him and his teammates bitterly disappointed with their efforts.
“We jumped out a bit slow and that’s not what we want to be known for,” he said.
“We need to play our brand of footy for four quarters.
“Good teams jump out of the blocks and that’s something we need to try and emulate.”
De Boer, who was one of his side’s best with 20 disposals and eight tackles, said Freo was also unhappy with its conversion rate in a second half that it dominated.
“We locked the ball in our forward half and we couldn’t convert,” he said.
“The SCG is a different ground and we need to get better and be able to adapt in situations like that.”
After subbing on Michael Barlow for a sore Josh Mellington late in the second quarter, Freo lost running defender Paul Duffield just minutes later, leaving the club down in the rotations for the second half.
But de Boer said the players took it as a challenge.
“We’re a fit team and we’ve been working on it over pre-season,” he said.
“We’re confident in everyone’s capabilities out there to run out a full game.
“It was a good test for us early in the year.”