Thursday’s (25/06/2015) only AFL 2015 Round 13 match is between Fremantle Dockers and Collingwood Magpies. The opening bounce is set to commence at 20:10 local time with the game to be played at Domain Stadium. The home team Fremantle Dockers are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Fremantle Dockers and Collingwood Magpies.
When: 20:10 | Thursday 25/06/2015
Where: Domain Stadium
Tip: Fremantle Dockers at $1.27
Value Tip: First Goalscorer: Walters, Michael at $10.00
B Lee Spurr, Luke McPharlin, Garrick Ibbotson
HB Danyle Pearce, Alex Pearce, Cameron Sutcliffe
C Tommy Sheridan, Nat Fyfe, Clancee Pearce
HF Michael Barlow, Chris Mayne, Stephen Hill
F Michael Walters, Matthew Pavlich, Hayden Ballantyne
Fol Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Nick Suban
I/C Hayden Crozier, Jack Hannath, Matt de Boer, Lachie Neale
Emg Jonathon Griffin, Matt Taberner, Tendai Mzungu
In Chris Mayne, Matt de Boer
Out Matt Taberner (Omitted), Tendai Mzungu (Omitted).
B Tom Langdon, Nathan J. Brown, Marley Williams
HB Alan Toovey, Jack Frost, Tyson Goldsack
C Adam Oxley, Dane Swan, Steele Sidebottom
HF Jamie Elliott, Jesse White, Jordan De Goey
F Alex Fasolo, Travis Cloke, Tim Broomhead
Fol Jarrod Witts, Jack Crisp, Scott Pendlebury
I/C Jarryd Blair, Taylor Adams, Travis Varcoe, Paul Seedsman
Emg Ben Kennedy, Jonathon Marsh, Brayden Maynard
In Jarryd Blair
Out Ben Kennedy (Omitted).
Fremantle have narrowly avoided a huge AFL upset, scraping home against a second-string Gold Coast at a dreary Metricon Stadium.
The Suns incredibly came close to victory over the competition frontrunners, spending most of a pulsating final quarter trailing by less than a kick.
But they were unable drag themselves over the line as the Dockers managed to hang on 6.17 (53) to 7.4 (46).
Relieved Fremantle coach Ross Lyon heaped praise on a hugely-depleted young Suns outfit for their dogged determination in making life tough for the Dockers, who had the better of open play but failed to make it count.
“We walk away with some frustrations today but they would have been greater if the scare had have come true and we lost,” Lyon said.
“I think (the result) belies the general play dominance and entry dominance.
“We couldn’t quite capitalise, it was a difficult day, they had numbers back.
“(Gold Coast’s) Rodney Eade’s a very good coach and he’s very good at trying to equal things up when his team’s an underdog.”
Predictions of a Freo bloodbath proved well off the mark, with the ladder leaders again a long way from their best – a week on from their first defeat of the season against Richmond.
But Lyon said he would not dwell on the performance.
“At the end of the day, we turn at the break 10-1, we get a week off (and will) come back pretty invigorated about the second half of the year,” he said.
Most of Fremantle’s failings were down to the Suns.
Where they stumbled against Hawthorn and Sydney in the previous two rounds, Gold Coast was able to drag the game down to their level and stop Fremantle’s damaging run-and-gun style.
Eade said it felt like a watershed moment for his young group, who fell agonisingly short of a result that would have sent shockwaves through the competition.
“I couldn’t ask for any more from them to be honest,” he said.
“On the back of our last three weeks … they’ve seen the light about where we’re headed and what we’re trying to achieve.
“The weight of numbers, guys are buying in.
“It’s a corner and I think we’ve turned it but the trick is we don’t want to go back around the corner.”
Acting captain Michael Rischitelli (17 touches) and boom rookie Adam Saad (20 touches) led the way for the Suns, who lost Danny Stanley to a knee injury early in the first quarter.
The early diagnosis is that Stanley has strained his medial ligament and could be out for up to two months – but there is relief on the injury front with up to nine players set to be available after next week’s bye.
Nathan Fyfe was below his usual high standards but still amassed a game-high 31 possessions and booted two goals to finish as Fremantle’s best.
Ruckman Aaron Sandilands also had a day out with 71 hitouts, breaking his own VFL/AFL record set a fortnight ago.
All odds are subject to change. Odds listed are correct at the time of the latest update.