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Josh Treacy
Josh Treacy (file photo/AFANA)

On a cold, wet, and blustery night with winds gusting up to forty-four miles per hour, the Fremantle Dockers showed their class to defeat the desperate Richmond Tigers. The win enabled the Dockers to maintain third position on the ladder and edge closer to the top two teams Sydney and Carlton. The loss consigned Richmond to the bottom of the ladder, but they didn't go down without a fight. The omens weren't good for the Tigers when their team banner was shredded by the wind before they could run through it to enter the field. Undeterred, they started the game brightly with early goals to Shai Bolton and Toby Nankervis. The Tigers' defense withstood early Docker attacks through stong marking (catching) or spoiling Docker attempts to mark. Defenders Nathan Broad and Ben Miller did well early for the Tigers, but second-gamer Jacob Blight was out of his depth on Josh Treacy.

Treacy booted the Dockers' first goal after nine minutes of play and ran rampant in the forward line to have three goals by the end of the first quarter. Hayden Young provided plenty of drive for the Dockers and was influential in setting up most attacks. Daniel Rioli and Nick Vlastuin were busy in defense for the Tigers and provided plenty of rebound for their team.

Nankervis Goals
Toby Nankervis (file photo/AFANA)

Richmond lifted their work rate in the second quarter. Nankervis dominated Darcy in the ruck and also used his bulk to win multiple clearances for Richmond. The Tigers matched the Dockers in contested possessions and generally had the edge in the midfield battle. By winning clearances, the Tigers had first use of the ball and Jacob Hopper, Jayden Short, and Tim Taranto launched plenty of Richmond attacks. However, poor goal shooting in the blustery conditions meant that much of Richmond's midfield dominance was wasted. The first goal of the quarter was kicked after fifteen minutes of rugged play. Hayden Young showed good reflexes to snare a ball kicked out of a pack and snap truly to punish the wasteful Tigers. Nine minutes later, Young took a good mark at half forward and drilled a low kick to Treacy who marked and converted to further demoralize the visitors. With less than a minute to halftime, Bolton lifted the Tigers by sprinting from the center square and streaking away from two chasing Dockers to goal from close range. However, the Dockers weren't finished quite yet. With five seconds to play, Nat Fyfe took on three Richmond defenders to knock the ball to Andrew Brayshaw who gathered and snapped with skill to give the home team a four goal lead at the main break.

Sean Darcy was ruled out with concussion at halftime, which gave Nankervis the license to do more damage for the Tigers in the third term. Not only did he win taps and lead his team with clearances, he also was mobile around the field and led his team in gathering possessions. The Tigers booted the first goal after the main break when Noah Balta chipped a kick to the busy Shai Bolton, who marked and kicked truly. At the next center-bounce, Luke Jackson leapt over Nankervis to grab the ball, spin and sprint forward and chip to Sam Switkowski who marked and kicked truly. Richmond replied moments later, when Balta centered a ball from the boundary to find Bolton, who flew above a pack to mark and kick his third goal. The Dockers then put then put the Tigers under the pump with quick transitions and skillful use of the ball. Brayshaw, Young, and Serong dominated the midfield as the Dockers slammed home five unanswered goals to have a commanding lead at the final break.

Andrew Brayshaw shoots for goal
Andrew Brayshaw (file photo/AFANA)

The Tigers continued to fight hard in the final quarter, playing man-on-man and keeping the pressure on the Docker ball winners. However, the Dockers had more run and sliced through the Tigers using chains of handballs and kicks, to give a lesson in speedy transitions from defense. Tim Taranto, Jacob Hopper, Daniel Rioli, and Jayden Short worked well in the midfield for the Tigers; but it was the run out of defense by Jordan Clark and the kicking of Luke Ryan that caught the Tiger midfielders out of position, as the Dockers showed their class in the difficult conditions. Rhyan Mansell booted an early goal for Richmond and Tim Taranto booted the final goal of the night, but the rest of the quarter belonged to the Dockers as they added three more goals via Michael Frederick, Jaeger O'Meara, and Hayden Young.

Next week the Tigers meet the resurgent GWS Giants at the MCG where the misery is expected to continue for Tiger supporters. The Dockers travel to Launceston in Tasmania, to play the Hawthorn Hawks which will be a danger game for the Dockers.

Fremantle Dockers 4.3  7.5  13.6  16.9 (105)
Richmond Tigers   2.0  3.5   5.8   7.12 (54)

Fremantle Dockers: Brayshaw, Treacy, Serong, Clark, Young
Richmond Tigers:   Nankervis, Bolton, Taranto, Rioli, Hopper, 

Fremantle Dockers: Treacy 5, Young, Walters, Frederick 2, Switkowski, O'Meara, Chapman, Brayshaw, Amiss
Richmond Tigers:   Bolton 4, Taranto, Nankervis, Mansell


Article last changed on Sunday, July 07, 2024 - 1:53 PM EDT

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