In the wash-up that is the Monday morning after a round of footy, the Fremantle Dockers rarely get much of a run in the Melbourne-based papers.

But yesterday’s statement win over North Melbourne has made a few prominent journos take notice.

Martin Blake from The Age writes that Freo was “manic in its attack on the football under Ross Lyon’s coaching”.

“The defensive Dockers v the offensive Kangas ended up being a 53-point hiding, with the Dockers kicking nine goals in the final quarter. All this with their best forward, skipper, Matthew Pavlich, in the grandstand,” writes Mark Robinson from the Herald Sun.

Robinson went on to credit the team for successfully adopting Lyon’s defensive attitude and game style, while also managing to become a potent offensive threat.

“The Docker Stranglers are feasting on the ineptitude of the opposition to deal with their pressure and all-ground defence.”

Robinson also said Lyon’s ability to revive the careers of players like Michael Johnson and Clancee Pearce deserved praised.

“He has dragged career years from his two key defenders McPharlin and Johnson, Clancee Pearce is now a dedicated AFL footballer, Michael Walters had to earn his spot, Lee Spurr is a kid with a good head and good skills, Matt de Boer is becoming a hard-at-it mid, Hill has a stronger work ethic, Ryan Crowley signed for another two years after being almost written off and Hayden Ballantyne is no longer just a rascal small forward, but a rascal forward/mid.”

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