Fremantle Dockers

Dockers Catch Exhausted Kangaroos
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium, Perth.

With just 41 seconds remaining on the clock, the Fremantle Dockers snatched a win from the luckless North Melbourne Kangaroos. The Roos have now surrendered leads three times in the first five games, having lost narrowly to Geelong by one point, the Western Bulldogs by three points and now Fremantle by five points. Conversely, The Dockers have come from behind in three consecutive games to win thrillers.

Dockers Stun Bulldogs
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The Dockers had produced abysmal football in the first two rounds of the season and it was expected that the ferocious Bulldogs would easily account for the Dockers, who were sitting at the bottom of the ladder after folding to Port Adelaide the previous weekend. In a tumultuous week, the Dockers had swung the selection axe by chopping six senior players. It was the injection of youthful enthusiasm and a determination to run and pressure which blindsided the Dogs.

Accurate Cats Dismantle Dockers
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by Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium, Perth.

Geelong capitalized on Docker errors to post a convincing win to launch their season. With the return of Aaron Sandilands, Fremantle dominated in the ruck and won more clearances than Geelong, but Fremantleโ€™s frequent skill errors gifted the ball to their opponents. The Cats midfielders, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan and Joel Selwood punished any Fremantle turnovers and shot the ball deep into the Geelong forward zone. Tom Hawkins

Expansion Teams: Finals Success and Failure
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Up until 1986, there were only 12 teams in the then VFL (the name changed in 1990), comprising the original teams from 1896 as well as Hawthorn, Richmond, Footscray (now Western Bulldogs) and North Melbourne being admitted later (see our Footy FAQ for more history). West Coast v Sydney, Grand Final 2005, photo copyright AFANA.All these teams were based in Victoria, seven in Melbourne and the Cats in Geelong (just an hour's drive west of Melbourne). In 1987, the league decided to expand their horizons in an effort to spread the game.

Dockers Punish Dogs On Pavlich's Day
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium Perth, Australia

In an emotional farewell to Fremantleโ€™s greatest ever player, Matthew Pavlich, the Dockers rose to the occasion to defeat the determined Western Bulldogs by twenty points. Matthew Pavlich kicks his 700th career goal during the first quarter of the AFL match in Perth. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA.Pavlich played his final and 353rd game by picking up twenty possessions and taking ten marks (catches). However, the only statistic that really mattered to the Fremantle faithful was the goal that Pavlich kicked in the fourteenth minute of the first quarter.

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.

Kennedy Kicks Seven Sinking the Dockers
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The West Coast Eagles survived an early scare from the Fremantle Dockers, to win the 44th Western Derby comfortably. Nic Naitanui tries to break free at the center bounce at the start of the game. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA.The difference between the two teams was Josh Kennedy, who thrived in the windy conditions to kick seven goals to stretch his lead at the top of the AFL goal kicking table.

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 Shutdown Power
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium, Perth.

In the clash of the two port teams, the Fremantle Dockers showed more desire for the ball than Port Adelaide. Port, a team that has promised their fans so much in recent years, have stumbled when they were within touching distance of the top eight.Port Power players walk off after being defeated by Fremantle in Perth. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA. The Dockers are suddenly among the league's hottest clubs trying to erase memories of the worst season start in club history.

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.

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