Fremantle Dockers decimate Melbourne Demons in AFL bloodbath, scores

Fremantle recorded one of the biggest wins in their club’s history, demolishing Melbourne 22.9 (141) to 7.5 (47) in the red hub that is Alice Springs.

The Dockers’ forwards had an absolute day at TIO Traeger Park, with Jye Amiss leading the charge with four goals, while team-mates Michael Walters, Luke Jackson and Josh Treacy kicked three goals each for a 92-point win.

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The win has now shot the Dockers up to sixth in the table, with a percentage of more than 10 per cent a welcome side effect.

Jordan Clark starred for Fremantle with 35 disposals, 15 marks and a goal, while Luke Ryan continued his run for another All-Australian jacket, recording a massive 18 marks and 28 disposals.

The heavy defeat for the Dees knocked them out of the top eight and was their biggest loss since 2016.

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3. DOCKERS ‘DEMOLITION’ IN ALICE SPRINGS DEBUT

After conceding the first two goals of the game, Fremantle laid waste to Melbourne in their first home-and-away game at TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs on Sunday.

Justin Longmuir’s Dockers quickly got on top of the Demons in the first quarter and repeatedly hurt Simon Goodwin’s side at the change of pace.

“Fremantle it (was) an absolute demolition,” Jordan Lewis told Fox Footy at half-time.

“Their ability was to come up in numbers and be around the contest, create spills and then, based on that, be able to penetrate and punish them at a loss.

“And then, going forward, they had more options.”

The Dockers scored 50 points from 12 turnovers in Melbourne’s first half – in the first half alone.

“That’s one, their pressure, but definitely two, Melbourne don’t look after the ball as much as they should,” Lewis added.

Richmond’s three-time premiership forward Jack Riewoldt added: “The Dockers’ ground game is an area for them where they get more points and that’s where they really hammered Melbourne and the ability to put a stamp on it.”

Josh Treacy scored three goals in the first half and Jye Amiss scored two. Amiss finished the game with four, while Treacy got three for the afternoon.

Fox Footy’s Nick Dal Santo acknowledged the importance of Fremantle’s triumph as he examined Sean Darcy’s battle with Melbourne superstar captain Max Gawn.

“We came here today thinking it was going to be a standout game from one of those teams – well, obviously it was the Freo Dockers,” he told the three-quarter-time show.

“After those first five to 10 minutes when they were owned by the Dees, it was all Dockers from then on.

“It started in the middle. We talked about him coming into the game. Sean Darcy, what I like about his game today is he’s really physical with (Gawn).

“He drained it and it started on the first bounce. (Luke) Jackson forward, Darcy in the ruck, but that happened all game in the ruck contest but (also) around the field.

“This was not a one-man effort; everyone was trying to count Max out.”

Darcy finished with 14 strikeouts, four strikeouts, four strikeouts, 21 strikeouts — 10 for the lead — and a run scored. Gawn managed just eight strokes to the lead.

“Today, apart from the first few minutes, the commitment seemed to be at a very high level in all areas,” Caleb Serong told Fox Footy after the game.

Melbourne have played nine home-and-away games at TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs since 2013, but the Dockers looked to be most familiar with the venue on Sunday.

Melbourne outclassed Fremantle on Sunday in a worrying performance from Simon Goodwin’s second-grade side.

Despite scoring the first two goals of the game, the Demons conceded the next six to a determined Dockers side who were ominous and threatening in transition.

Fremantle kicked a combined 13 goals to Melbourne’s three in the second and third quarters to extend their insurmountable lead and leave Dees nowhere to go with ball in hand.

“I don’t think Melbourne got caught kicking the ball back and hand back (like that),” Riewoldt told Fox Footy in the half-time coverage.

“Players are under pressure and then all of a sudden they think, ‘I’ll just give it to someone else’ to be under pressure.

“No pressure at all,” Riewoldt observed of Melbourne’s defensive actions in the third quarter.

Fox Footy analyst David King added: “Melbourne weren’t allowed to play well; they were not allowed to operate.

“For every mistake Melbourne made, Fremantle put it on the scoreboard.”

The Dees’ final margin of defeat was a stunning 89 points – their biggest defeat since Round 23 in 2016 when they stormed Geelong.

“Not one (scored) goal after the break, Melbourne,” Lewis warned after the final whistle.

“Not a single goal the whole game. The way the Dockers set up was fantastic.”

After the final siren, King expressed his dismay at the heavy defeat.

“They’ve got this club, the Melbourne Football Club, off balance,” King said after the game.

“I think it’s too simplistic to say ‘oh it’s just a mulligan, get over it, move on’. You have to evaluate it, you have to dig deep into it.

“I think they are stuck between two ways; last year and this year — and that’s a bad position in the 12th round.”

Melbourne dropped to ninth place after Sunday’s loss and could drop as low as 10th based on Gold Coast’s result.

Adding injury to insult, Melbourne winger Lachie Hunter injured his pickguard midway through Sunday afternoon’s “horrendous” loss to the Demons.

Unfortunately, Hunter, who returned to AFL level for the first time this season last week, succumbed to a calf problem.

He was substituted early in the second half, but concerns remain over his long-term fitness.

In Thursday’s selection, Simon Goodwin recalled towering forward Daniel Turner in place of the injured Jacob van Rooyen, while key defender Jake Lever (knee) could be sidelined for a further three or four games. He was sorely missed on Sunday.

Harrison Petty, who was substituted with an ankle ailment after last Sunday’s win over St. Kildo, passed a fitness test to play against the Dockers but managed two disposals on the afternoon with a low level of play.

The Demons scored a devastating 22.9 (141) without Lever.

Originally published as ‘Absolute demolition’ it stuns the demons while the dockers fight back

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