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Freo’s Pavlich in seventh heaven in AFL
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Filled in: AFL News | 22/7/2012 at 8:40pm

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich booted seven goals as the Dockers soared to a percentage-boosting 95-point triumph over AFL strugglers Greater Western Sydney in Perth on Sunday.

Pavlich booted four goals in the opening term to kick-start the 18.24 (132) to 5.7 (37) rout, with Stephen Hill, Luke McPharlin and Clancee Pearce also starring as Fremantle (9-7) moved into ninth spot on the table.

Importantly for the Dockers, their percentage went from 97.6 up to 105.1, which is now just 2.6 per cent short of the eighth-placed Kangaroos (107.7).

GWS, who entered the match with an average losing margin of 113 over the past month, failed to kick a goal in the opening half and looked headed for another dreadful defeat.

But a four-goal third quarter at least gave the Giants something to cheer about, with debutants Sam Frost and Gerald Ugle among the goalkickers.

Pavlich has now booted 31 goals over his past six matches, with his season tally of 45 putting him behind just Lance Franklin (51 goals) and Jack Riewoldt (47) in the Coleman Medal race.

The 30-year-old veteran was simply unstoppable in the first quarter, booting three early goals as Fremantle raced out to a 31-0 lead.

High-priced GWS recruit Callan Ward’s missed shot on the run in the 19th minute at least gave the visitors their first point of the match, but Pavlich added his fourth goal soon after as Fremantle headed to the break with a commanding 35-point lead.

The margin ballooned out to 59 points by half-time, but it would have been around the 100-point mark if it wasn’t for some atrocious goalkicking by the Dockers.

Fremantle booted a wayward 2.13 for the term, with Kepler Bradley the biggest culprit after missing three straight-forward set shots.

Pavlich failed to kick a goal for the quarter, but neither did GWS as the Giants went to the half-time break with just 0.3 to their name – their worst ever return.

The Dockers were hungry to add to their percentage, but were left frustrated in the third quarter as GWS finally showed some fight.

The 28,767 fans on hand gave Bradley a rousing reception when the former Bomber finally kicked truly in the fourth quarter after four behinds.

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