Archive for July, 2012

Finger surgery ends Broughton’s season


Fremantle utility Greg Broughton will undergo surgery later this week on his right ring finger, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.

General manager of football operations Chris Bond said the surgery would involve repairing the joint in Broughton’s injured finger.

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Fade out, but a win


PORT ADELAIDE    1.2    1.3    2.7     6.12 (48)
FREMANTLE        5.2    6.7    9.9    11.9  (75)

Port Adelaide:
 Brett Ebert 2, Stewart, Boak, Westhoff, Cornes
Fremantle: Mayne 2, Pearce 2, Pavlich 2, Fyfe, Mundy, Mzungu, Sutcliffe, Walters

Port Adelaide:
 Boak, Cassisi, Lobbe, Moore, Brad Ebert, Pearce
Fremantle: Barlow, Pearce, Fyfe, Pavlich, Mundy, Duffield

Port Adelaide: 
Fremantle: Nil

Port Adelaide:
 Aaron Young replaced Jackson Trengove in the fourth quarter
Fremantle: Cameron Sutcliffe replaced Michael Walters in the fourth quarter

Port Adelaide:
Fremantle: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Ryan, Mollison

Official crowd: 14,583 at AAMI Stadium


Freo may dock at Cockburn


Cockburn is firming as the favoured site for Fremantle’s new training facility after the Dockers board agreed to do more research on the alternative site in the hope of establishing a preferred option by the end of September.

The club’s official position is still that there needs to be a compelling case to shift from the club’s spiritual home at Fremantle Oval.

But some at the club believe that the likelihood of greater government funding and the ability to establish a purpose-built facility from scratch at a potentially lower cost will create that compelling case.


Four in for Fremantle


Stars Nathan Fyfe and Chris Mayne headline the inclusions as Fremantle looks to win its fourth game in a row on Sunday when it plays Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

Key defender Zac Dawson and Lachie Neale were also added to a squad of 25 that will be trimmed to 22 when the final teams are submitted at 2.30pm (WST) on Friday.

The only player out of the side that defeated Greater Western Sydney last Sunday was Zac Clarke.

Fyfe has been missing since undergoing shoulder surgery in May.

Senior coach Ross Lyon said the star youngster was an automatic inclusion into the team once he was right.

“He’s certainly fit and raring to go,” Lyon said.

“We’re excited to have him back and he’ll give us an emotional lift.”

With Fyfe’s return, Cam Sutcliffe’s emergence and the likes of Neale, Lower and Jesse Crichton pushing hard to play on a weekly basis, Lyon now has a plethora of midfield options at his disposal.


Kepler: a hunched peg that fits Freo’s square hole


In considering the career – and abilities – of Kepler Bradley, it’s worthwhile examining exactly how inexact a science the AFL draft process remains.

Of the 70 players selected in the top-10 of the national draft between 2000 and 2006, 15 are already out of the competition having played 50 or fewer games.

On the other hand, 52 players selected at pick 50 or above from 2000 to 2007 have gone on on to play at least 50 AFL games, either with the club that drafted them or by moving on to another team. A total of 36 of those players are still in league (including last year’s Brownlow medallist Dane Swan).

Where Kepler Bradley fits into that equation (and the Fremantle team) is a most interesting proposition.


WAFL Watch – Forwards – Round 18


Haiden Schoithe (SF) 13 disposals (10 kicks, 3 handballs) 7 marks, 2 goals 
Haiden played as a high forward. The big positive in his game was he reacted quickly when he needed to and broke hard to be used as an outlet on the wing. He made some good decisions when he had the football in his hands. Haiden had three shots on goal and managed to kick two. He just has to keep working hard to get from contest to contest.

Jack Anthony (S) 16 disposals (8 kicks, 8 handballs) 8 marks, 1 goal 
Jack played forward for three quarters and struggled at times due to limited entries. He looked a lot more comfortable in the last quarter when he went back into defence where he put his body on the line, took strong contested marks and looked to rebound. He finished the game strongly.


WAFL Watch – Defenders – Round 18


Alex Forster (SD) 11 disposals (7 kicks, 4 handballs) 
Alex played Swan Districts reserves as the highest defender. He looked comfortable and worked himself into position to receive the switch kick at every opportunity. We were pleased with his positioning and his bodywork against opponents. He is improving as the weeks go on which is a positive.

Peter Faulks (PT) 22 disposals (10 kicks, 12 handballs) 8 marks 
Peter played key back where he controlled his opponents well and then had a defensive forward assigned to him to attempt to limit his rebound. His positioning, ability to win one on ones and win the ground ball were positives of his game. He showed great change of direction and attempted to play on often.

Alex Silvagni (C) 15 disposals (8 kicks, 7 handballs) 6 marks 
Alex played in defence on both small and tall forwards. He was opposed Brent LeCras for a large part of the game. He controlled most of his opponents and attempted to come off them and help his teammates where possible. On a day when West Perth only had 33 inside 50s, Alex had less defensive work to do, but his use was generally good and there were some strong efforts in the contests.


WAFL Watch – Midfielders – Lach’s stock rising


After 10 AFL games in his first season, Lachie Neale played his third WAFL game for Swan Districts last weekend and was near best on ground.

Assistant and Senior Development Coach Simon Lloyd said it wasn’t form or an injury that forced Neale back to WAFL football.

“As part of player management and Lachie being in his first year, it has been a good opportunity to freshen him up,” Lloyd said.

“The fact he hasn’t played any football for two weeks due to being an emergency, then Swans having the bye, he just needed to go back and play WAFL and get a fair bit of the football in the manner in which we want him to play.”

Lloyd said Neale was a great competitor and had impressed this season with his running and ball-winning ability, and said those traits came through in his game last weekend.


More talks in bid for reserves teams


The WA Football Commission has brought in a professional facilitator in a bid to broker a compromise between West Coast, Fremantle and WAFL clubs over the deadlocked AFL reserves team issue.

Consultants Robert Radley and Stuart Love from management consultancy Bain and Company will chair a summit of WA football stakeholders next Monday in what WAFC chief executive Gary Walton yesterday termed a “line-in-the-sand” bid to progress debate on the issue.

The AFL and WAFL clubs remain deadlocked on their positions in the debate.

The Eagles and Dockers are adamant they will proceed until they get reserves teams in some form.

“The future of both our clubs depends on the strength of all our players and not just the 22 playing AFL. This is not something that is going to go away,” West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett said yesterday.


Fyfe no miracle worker


Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has urged fans not to expect miracles from returning midfielder Nat Fyfe, saying the 20-year-old will need time to reacclimatise to the ‘brutal’ AFL competition.

Fyfe, who encountered a series of shoulder dislocations earlier this year, hasn’t played since undergoing surgery in May.

After giving his reconstructed left shoulder a series of bruising workouts at training over the past fortnight, Fyfe will make his long-awaited return against Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

Despite being just 43 games into his AFL career, Fyfe has already established himself as Fremantle’s most important midfielder, with his elite ball-winning ability, slick disposals and excellent marking already drawing comparisons with Essendon great James Hird.

But Lyon said Fyfe’s lengthy spell on the sidelines meant it could take some time before the 2011 All Australian nominee rediscovered his top form.


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