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: Nil
Port Adelaide: Aaron Young replaced Jackson Trengove in the fourth quarter
Fremantle: Cameron Sutcliffe replaced Michael Walters in the fourth quarter
Port Adelaide: Nil
Umpires: Foot, Ryan, Mollison
Official crowd: 14,583 at AAMI Stadium
Fremantle is still knocking on the door of the AFL top eight after a 27-point win over Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, but will regret a last-quarter fade out that cost it potentially critical percentage.
Skipper Matthew Pavlich kicked two goals along with Chris Mayne and Clancee Pearce as Fremantle picked up its 10th win of the season, 11.9 (75) to 6.12 (48).
Nathan Fyfe was also among Fremantle’s best after a lengthy stint on the sidelines following shoulder surgery in May.
It was a dismal performance from the Power, the home side managing just two goals to half time and failing to add another major in the third term. Only four goals from nine scoring shots in the final quarter added respectability to the score.
Brett Ebert tried hard up forward kicking two goals, while Brad Ebert was also effective along with Travis Boak and Daniel Stewart.
Freo jumped Port in the opening quarter with five goals to one to take a 24-point lead into the first break.
A series of defensive errors kept the Power under the pump throughout much of the term with only a goal to Brett Ebert at the 25-minute mark relieving some of the pressure.
By the main break Fremantle had extended the lead to 34 points but inaccurate kicking kept Port in the game.
The visitors added 1.5 for the term but restricted the Power to just a solitary point despite the home side kicking with the aid of a handy breeze.
In the third term the Power failed to kick a major, with Fremantle adding three to extend the lead to 44 points as Pavlich started to have an impact up forward.
With percentage likely to be crucial in the make up of the finals, Fremantle will be angry at letting slip a chance to make up ground on North Melbourne with its final quarter fade out.