It was hard to gauge this game. Fremantle effectively played their reserves team, having 9 of their best 22 out; while Swans were missing 5.
What began on a windy afternoon in Wodonga, the match stared very sloppy. There were plenty of missed kicks and marks from both sides. Eventually the Swans began to overcome the Dockers and kicked three straight goals to close out the first quarter.
Fremantle worked their way back in the second term through sheer persistence – finally getting a few goals on the board. Quarter three opened up with a massive rainstorm that pretty much turned the game into a wet-weather game. An immediate effect of this saw disposal efficiency drop. By the end of the third the Swans eventually tightened the screws and starved the Fremantle forward half of the footy, keeping them scoreless for the term. Quarter four saw Fremantle come out all guns blazing, charging back into contention and ultimately falling short by 9 points.
Absent Best 22 Players
Sydney: McVeigh, Reid, Tippett, McGlynn, Lloyd.
Fremantle: Sandilands, McPharlin, Crowley, Spurr, Dawson, Duffield, D Pearce, Taberner, Barlow.
- Clancee Pearce (DEF, $278,900) – Without Crowley, it seems Ross Lyon’s lovechild has become Fremantle’s tagger. He spent a majority of the afternoon running off Kieran Jack. I’m saying it now – If Crowley isn’t selected round 1; Clancee will NOT line up in my team. 7 touches, 2 clearances and a tackle. 68% TOG and 30SC. Nope.
- Lachie Neale (MID, $468,900) – Had it on a string in the first half and finished the game with 33 touches at 66.7% efficiency, 6 marks, 9 clearances, 8 tackles and 3 inside 50’s – and 153 SC. Yes, there was no Barlow, but he looks like being a solid midprice option (if that’s what you’re looking for this year).
- Josh P. Kennedy (MID, $612,200) –Wet and windy game, ball in dispute – JPK in his element. Did what he does best – smashes into packs for the pill. Yes, he had too many handballs; but he still got it 33 times at 66.7% efficiency. Finished with 154 SC. Solid Keeper option.
- Michael Johnson (DEF, $468,500) –17 touches, 5 marks and 10 rebound 50’s. Disposal efficiency sat at 70.6% – considering the wet-weather aspect of the match was good. Ran off half-back and intercepted the ball well. If fit, a solid pick down back this year.
- Dane Rampe (DEF, $408,800) – Seems to be the better Malceski replacement. Ran off half back, and considering it was wet and windy, he used it very well. 17 touches at 76.5% efficiency, 2 marks, 5 R50’s and 2 I50’s.
- Tom Mitchell (FWD/MID, $405,600) – Played wing/forward flank. 17 touches at 82.4% efficiency, 3 marks, 4 clearances and 4 tackles for 78SC from 71% TOG. Played OK. I’m not falling over myself to select him.
- Lance Franklin (FWD, $537,200) – Granted it was wet and windy; but he had a turd of a game. He had 6 touches, 3 frees against and a goal. Had a typical KPF day. Subbed out at 3QT.
- Isaac Heeney (MID, $137,300) – Had it 13 times, had 2 tackles, kicked a goal & set up a few more. Played mostly off the forward flank, and for $137k – if he can shirk the vest, he will be a nice bench option. Efficiency at 38.5% wasn’t that great. Didn’t unpick himself from my team.
- Luke Parker (MID, $583,000) – Played in the guts, kicked a supergoal. Did nothing to make you think about not running him this year. 26 ouches at 57.7% efficiency, 6 clearances, 8 tackles & 3 inside 50’s. Finished with 144 SC. Solid game.
- Stephen Hill (MID, $516,600) – Barely sighted. Had the ball 7 times at 57.1% efficiency, 2 clearances and 2 R50’s. Was he injured?
- Brandon Jack (FWD, $150,500) – 1 ineffective kick to half time (a behind), finished with 4 touches at 75% efficiency. Don’t think he can break into the Swans outfit barring injury. Better options up forward at his price. 39% TOG
- Gary Rohan (MID/FWD, $272,100) – Did some nice things, didn’t want to attack the ball and get in and tackle. Hesitated. Finished with 12 touches at 75% efficiency, 4 marks, 3 R50’s and 2 I50’s.
- Garrick Ibbotson (DEF, $342,) – Fremantle’s 4th highest possession getter, having 15 touches. Good efficiency (80%) and 3 R50’s and 2 I50’s. 73SC from 71% TOG. Not horrible.
- Nat Fyfe (MID, $657,800) – Only got 16 touches, but his presence around ground did the talking. Took some nice marks and kicked some great goals. 75% disposal efficiency, 4 marks, 7 hitouts, 3 clearances and 2.1. Solid game. 132 SC from 70% TOG.
Alright, folks, that’ll be it from me. For those who watched the games, did any other performances stand out to you as significant? Or see anything that completely put you off a player? Let us know in the comments below!