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Deadly Dockers blow Roos away to go top


FREMANTLE shook off the lack of six gamers to well being and security protocols to increase its profitable run to 6 video games and transfer into prime spot in the meanwhile with a 78-point win over North Melbourne.

The Dockers had been far too good for the struggling Kangaroos, pulling away with a five-goal opening time period and had been by no means threatened, profitable 15.12 (102) to three.6 (24) at Optus Stadium on Friday evening.

DOCKERS v KANGAROOS Full match protection and stats

The outcome condemns North to 6 straight losses, languishing in second-last with a 1-7 file having misplaced by margins of 78, 50, 60 and 68 factors over the previous 4 weeks. Their solely win in 2022 got here towards a closely depleted West Coast in spherical two.

Cameron Zurhaar’s last-quarter purpose ensured North averted the ignominy of their second-lowest rating in membership historical past, because the Dockers’ stingy defence struck once more.

Fremantle dominated the disposal rely 406-304 with 266-176 uncontested possessions, resulting in a lopsided tally of 67-32 inside 50s, with North not helped by an extraordinary 66.4 per cent disposal effectivity.

Debutant Jye Amiss goaled along with his first kick in a recreation of few highlights, the place Andy Brayshaw was excellent once more with 34 disposals together with 10 clearances and 7 tackles.

Low season recruit Will Brodie gave Fremantle drive out of the center, ending with a game-high 37 disposals, whereas Sean Darcy was glorious within the ruck and across the floor on his return from concussion.

North had few winners with Luke McDonald having 26 disposals and  Tarryn Thomas re-discovering some type with 18 disposals, whereas No.1 decide Jason Horne-Francis tried onerous, along with his team-high seven clearances amongst his 15 disposals.

Fremantle raced to a three-goal lead contained in the opening 10 minutes with targets from Sam Switkowski, Amiss and Sean Darcy, ending the primary time period with 5 targets to none.

Zurhaar pulled off a spectacular mark over teammate Todd Goldstein for North’s first purpose early within the second quarter in a uncommon spotlight for the Kangaroos.

Brennan Cox completed a wonderful group purpose with a intelligent banana end, with Michael Walters including two extra majors earlier than half-time.

Teen Nathan O’Driscoll slotted a surprising set shot from the boundary within the third, whereas either side picked up second-half accidents with Ben McKay limping off with a proper knee concern, whereas Switkowski copped a Horne-Francis knee to the pinnacle in a marking contest.

Debutant joins unique membership
The Dockers unveiled one other younger gun with No.8 draft decide Jye Amiss making his debut, becoming a member of the unique first kick, first purpose membership six minutes in. Amiss out-bodied seasoned defender Aidan Corr for his probability, slotting dwelling from 40m out straight in entrance. The 18-year-old, who had kicked 9 targets in his previous three WAFL video games, had three rating involvements within the first quarter, earlier than a artful dribbler helped arrange Brennan Cox’s second-term purpose, aided by Nathan O’Driscoll’s sharp work on the road.

What is going on on at North?
Thirty video games into David Noble’s reign, the Kangaroos have solely managed 5 wins with 25 losses. They had been lacking their suspended main goalkicker Nick Larkey towards Fremantle however lacked any distinct purpose risk, going two quarters with no main. North’s closing whole of three.6 (24) was the membership’s equal ninth lowest of their historical past, with the membership low occurring in 2019 after they managed only one.8 (14) away to Geelong. North have additionally conceded 100+ factors in 5 of its previous six video games.

Stingy Dockers
Fremantle’s stingy defence claimed one other scalp, limiting North to solely three targets for the sport. The Dockers have conceded totals of 24, 66, 62, 59, 54, 47, 65 and 82 throughout their eight matches, averaging 57.37 factors towards per recreation, offering the proper basis for victory. Backline pair Hayden Younger and Heath Chapman (12 intercepts) returned from their stints in well being and security protocols seamlessly, whereas Luke Ryan held agency all through with eight marks and 14 disposals.

FREMANTLE                  5.1       8.5       12.9       15.12 (102)
NORTH MELBOURNE   0.2       2.3       2.5     3.6 (24)

GOALS 
Fremantle: Banfield 2, Walters 2, Switkowski 2, Amiss 2, Darcy, Cox, O’Driscoll, Clark, Younger, Mundy, Schultz
North Melbourne: Zurhaar 2, Coleman-Jones

BEST 
Fremantle: Brayshaw, Brodie, Clark, Darcy, Banfield, Treacy
North Melbourne: Thomas, Younger, McKay, Zurhaar

INJURIES 
Fremantle: Switkowski (head)
North Melbourne: McKay (knee)

SUBSTITUTES 
Fremantle: Neil Erasmus (changed Sam Switkowski in fourth quarter)
North Melbourne: Jack Mahony (changed Ben McKay at three-quarter time)

Crowd: 37,040 at Optus Stadium



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