Inside 50 record a team effort: McPharlin
Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin credits the team’s midfield and forward line for limiting Brisbane to just 20 inside-50 entries on Saturday – the lowest total recorded since Champion Data began monitoring the statistic.
“That’s a testament to the efforts of the guys up the field,” McPharlin said of the record.
“The midfield and the forward line putting on so much pressure allowed the defence to organise behind the ball and drop off.
“All those things are excellent from a team defence point-of-view, now we just have to look at scoring more aggressively.”
The 30-year-old said having to deal with such a low number of forward entries made life easier for Freo’s defence.
“I’ve certainly had some days where it’s been the opposite, so I’ll definitely take a day like today,” he said.
The Freo defender lined up on Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown, who was playing his first game back from a pre-season facial injury, and he held the star forward to just three disposals, all of which came in the first quarter.
McPharlin called on a bit of his own experience dealing with time-off and tested Brown’s fitness first-up by running off him at every opportunity.
“He’s (Brown) been off for a while,” McPharlin said.
“For myself, and I’ve had a bit of time out of football, that first game back is normally extremely hard, so I was doing my utmost to work him off the ball.”