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Dockers Outrun The Suns
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The Fremantle Dockers used superior fitness and the open spaces of Domain Stadium to defeat the weakened Gold Coast Suns. The Suns came into the game with a long injury list and were forced to play four players with less than ten games' experience.

Dockers Sink Navy Blues in Wet
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The Fremantle Dockers were favorites to beat a young Carlton Blues team, but somebody forgot to tell Carlton.

The AFL competition in 2017 has so far been littered with upset results. Perhaps, with the exception of Brisbane, any team is capable of beating any other team on their day; such is the closeness of the competition. The difference between a win and a loss is more often measured in ounces of desperation rather than bundles of skill.

Merciless Dockers Pound Flagging Bombers
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium, Perth.

The Fremantle Dockers withstood a determined challenge from the Essendon Bombers, to dominate in the final quarter and score a morale boosting victory in energy sapping conditions. The mercury had risen to 87 degrees (Fahrenheit) by the first bouncedown, but the real heat was applied by the Essendon Bombers who were single-minded in their attack on the ball.

Crows Show Premiership Credentials
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The Adelaide Crows completely outclassed the Fremantle Dockers to register an emphatic win at Domain Stadium. Having earlier defeated the Eagles at the same venue in Round 12, Adelaide's victory marks the first time the Crows have won two games in in Perth in the same season. To their credit, the Dockers did not cease trying, despite the Crows increasing their lead at every quarter.

Geelong Grind Out Win Over Dockers
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium Perth, Australia.

In a fierce and uncompromising game, Geelong managed to overcome the determination of Fremantle to win and restore their top four credentials, at least for a few hours. With the congestion at the top end of the standings, they may still find themselves in sixth or seventh by the end of the weekend. Geelong players sing the club song after defeating Fremantle in Perth during a Round 17 AFL match. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA.

Dockers Beat Bumbling Bombers
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium Perth, Australia.

It took eleven weeks of hard work, but Fremantle finally have their first win on the board for 2016. Their opponents, the Essendon Bombers, tried gallantly all game. But on a fine cool night, where the wind was not a factor, the Dockers were able to pinpoint most of their attacking kicks to telling effect. Joe Daniher gets the jump at the center bounce during the Round 11 Fremantle versus Essendon match at Domain Stadium, Perth. David Woodley for AFANA.

Giants Add to Dockers Nightmare
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium, Perth, Australia

The Greater Western Sydney Giants showed growing maturity to stave off a spirited Fremantle, to record their first ever victory against the Dockers at Domain Stadium. It was another indicator of the progress that GWS is making and of the disaster that has become the Dockers season.  It is hard to imagine that the same Dockers club was considered a real premiership threat the past several seasons.

Carlton Outlast Dockers
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In a game riddled with basic errors, Carlton achieved their first win for the year against a bumbling Fremantle. Ross Lyon looks on during the line up before the start of the game against Carlton. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA.The defenses of both teams performed well under pressure, but the midfielders struggled to move the ball past center effectively. The first quarter consisted of both teams attacking the ball but showing very little method. After 18 minutes of miskicks, turnovers and poor goal shooting by both teams, it was Fremantle who provided the first moment of enjoyment for the bemused crowd.

Dockers Fall Over Finish Line
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Ruck Action

A couple of last minute goals to Lachie Neale and Hayden Ballantyne saw the Fremantle Dockers sneak a win over Port Adelaide Power in their Round 1 clash at Domain (formerly Patersons) Stadium in Perth. Neale’s goal was a shot on the run from 50 meters out in the last minutes of the game, while Ballantyne played on from a match winning tackle by Zac Clarke who won a free kick after chasing down Jasper Pittard in the forward 50 metre zone. A four goal contribution by Matthew Pavlich, two of which were at critical times in the final quarter, also helped the Dockers to a stirring win.

Dockers Pinch Thriller
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Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Patersons Stadium, Perth

Fremantle picked a win out of the pocket of Carlton at Patersons Stadium in their Round 19 clash. Pre-game defiant Blues' coach Mick Malthouse was adamant that they weren’t in Perth to “just lay down”. Although their 2014 season has been less than impressive, Carlton had won six out of their past nine encounters in Perth so they had some reason to feel confident. The Dockers brought their "A Team" to the encounter after an embarrassing humiliation in their last game against St Kilda and the Dockers needed every man as the match went down to the last 40 seconds to decide the winner.

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