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Beginnings: Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed The Dockers and known informally as "Freo", is one of 16 teams in the AFL (Australian Football League. EST 1994

Records:
  • * Highest ladder position (after Rd 22): 3rd, 2006
  • * Wooden spoons: One (2001)
  • * Finals series reached: Two (2003, 2006)
  • * Biggest winning margin: 112 points, against Collingwood, 8 May 2005, at Subiaco Oval, 28.12 (180) to 10.8 (68)
  • * Biggest losing margin: 117 points, against West Coast on 15 April 2000, at Subiaco Oval, 28.10 (178) to 9.7 (61); against Adelaide on 11 July 2009, at AAMI Stadium, 19.16 (130) to 1.7 (13)
  • * Longest winning streak: 9 games (Round 14, 2006 – Round 22, 2006)
  • * Longest losing streak: 18 games (Round 22, 2000 – Round 17, 2001)
  • * Highest Score: 28.12 (180), against Collingwood, 8 May 2005, at Subiaco Oval
  • * Lowest score: 1.7 (13), against Adelaide, 11 July 2009, at AAMI Stadium
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
16 Fremantle 22 4 18 0 1574 2119 74.3 16

WAFL watch: Coach’s comments – Rd 16

Watch the highlights from Peel's win over West Perth on Saturday.

Harley Balic
Played on-ball for majority of the day. It was a good effort for his first game back. He had 25 possessions, 10 marks and four clearances. He was really solid around the contest and his work rate was really good.

Sam Collins
Played in the back line all day and was really strong with his roll-off marking. He had 12 marks and 25 possessions as a key defender and really helped stop West Perth’s attacking moves in their forward 50.

Matt Taberner
Really solid performance with13 marks, including three contested marks. He played majority of the time as a forward but also helped pinch-hit in the ruck. He worked well up the ground and was able to finish off well on the scoreboard with six goals.

Cam Sutcliffe
Played on-ball and pushed forward at times. It was a really strong performance with 23 possessions. He was...


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Bennell’s Peel return set

Senior coach Ross Lyon has confirmed the plans for Harley Benell?s first game of football in more than a year.

Senior coach Ross Lyon has confirmed the plans for Harley Benell’s first game of football in more than a year.

The former no.2 draft pick last featured in round one of the 2016 WAFL season and is expected to make his return on Saturday against East Perth at Leederville Oval.

Bennell, who kicked 92 goals during 81 games for Gold Coast between 2011 and 2015, is yet to play for Fremantle since his arrival in the 2015 trade period due to multiple calf injuries.

In an interview on Seven News on Tuesday night, Lyon said Bennell would play but is expected to have limited game time.

“It’s really pleasing, but we don’t expect a huge amount,” Lyon said.

“We know everyone will get there and watch him but for Harley, who has persisted and persevered and showed good resilience, it’s a...


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AFLW U18s: WA downs Vic Metro

We sat down with Michelle Cowan ahead of the NAB AFLW U18 Championships.

Western Australia atoned for a demoralising loss to Vic Metro in the final of last year’s national youth girls’ carnival, comfortably beating Metro by 27 points on Monday in the NAB AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships on the Gold Coast.

The girls from the west were noticeably better in the air, taking contested marks with confidence and spreading well around the ground. 
Tall forwards Kate Bartlett (13 disposals, two goals) and Emily McGuire (12 touches, one goal) were too strong for Metro's defence, while McKenzie Dowrick was excellent in the middle with 17 touches. 

Madison Prespakis ran her heart out for Metro, filling holes all over the ground and finishing with 22 disposals, seven marks and a bad cramp in her leg. 

Defender Georgia McPherson was steady under constant pressure from Western Australia,...


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Freo duo in team of the week

AFL 2017 Round 16 - North Melbourne v Fremantle

Connor Blakely made the AFL's team of the week at half-back

It was a round for tall forwards when it came to selecting the round 16 Team of the Week, brought to you by Accor Hotels.

Greater Western Sydney big man Jonathon Patton continued his hot run of form with five goals in the draw against Hawthorn, while Port Adelaide's Charlie Dixon matched that tally in an instrumental performance on the road against West Coast and Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker was too good against the Dogs to leave out.

That left St Kilda veteran Nick Riewoldt and Melbourne swingman Tom McDonald in the Twitter fan vote, with the Saint winning with 57 per cent. Riewoldt slotted three goals and helped nullify Richmond star Alex Rance, but McDonald was awfully stiff to miss out after a match-winning bag of four goals against Carlton.

Port ruckman Paddy Ryder was also extremely unlucky after a dominant...


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AFL.com: WAFL stars pushing their draft case

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Jye Bolton celebrates kicking a goal from the WAFL v VFL state match in May.

Travis King from AFL.com.au looks at the WAFL players pushing their draft case for 2017.

Jye Bolton (Claremont)
Swept all before him in a stunning debut WAFL season last year, which included taking out the Sandover Medal, Simpson Medal as WA's best in the state game and Tigers' club champion award. The tireless 187cm onballer has been in the midst of a purple patch over the past month, averaging 32.5 possessions. 

Blaine Johnson (South Fremantle)
Has stamped himself as one of the WAFL's most damaging forwards after returning from Carlton at the end of 2015. Currently sits second on the goalkicking chart with 39 majors – including a haul of nine against Perth. Applies strong tackling pressure in attack and has a knack for producing memorable moments. Turns 22 later this month. 

Tim Kelly (South Fremantle)
Put...


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‘It’s not often players make an impression on debut’

Fox Footy presenter Gerard Whateley was more than impressed with Ryan Nuhuis? debut performance.

Fox Footy presenter Gerard Whateley was more than impressed with Ryan Nyhuis’ debut performance for Fremantle against North Melbourne on Sunday.

Whateley named Nyhuis as his ‘Monday Champion’ on Monday night’s episode of AFL 360, highlighting the rarity of a standout debut performance in the modern game.

Nyhuis’ four-goal effort was impressive in itself but Whateley said he was impressed with how the youngster adapted to playing in a completely unfamiliar position.

Usually a defender, Nyhuis has made 25 appearances for Peel in the WAFL without kicking a goal.

Additionally, Nyhuis was called into the team early on Sunday morning after midfielder David Mundy withdrawn due to illness.

“It’s not often players make a big impression on debut anymore,” Whateley said.

“You’ll see a feeting...


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Match day information v West Coast

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Be there for Carlton Draught Derby 46.

Fremantle takes on West Coast this Sunday 16 July in the 46th Carlton Draught Derby at Domain Stadium. Bounce down is at 2.40pm.

Key times
12pm – Gates 8 and 19 open
12pm – Membership services outside gates 12 and 26 open 
12pm – Merchandise vans at gates 8, 10, 19 and 26 open
12.10pm – Curtain Raiser commences (Next Generation Academy)
1.10pm – Remaining gates open
2.40pm – Bounce down
5.10pm approx – Final siren

Membership queries
Make sure you bring your 2017 membership card to the game to gain entry. The membership team will be located outside gates 12 and 26 from 12pm. Membership ticket collection will be from gate 12 only. 

Members’ Bar – Bill Walker Room
The Members’ Bar will be closed pre-match due to a function and will open at half time. Members must have their 2017 membership card to gain entry.

Tickets still available
Tickets for Sunday’s match...


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Big stage for Suban’s 150th

Nick Suban addresses the media ahead of his 150th game.

A Carlton Draught Derby is always a big occasion, and Sunday’s clash with West Coast will be no different for Nick Suban’s 150th AFL game.

But Suban isn’t planning on getting carried away with the festivities as he faces another big test against West Coast’s midfield. 

Suban has played a tagging role during the past three weeks on the likes of Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, St Kilda’s Jack Steven and North Melbourne’s Shaun Higgins.

In round 15 against the Saints, Suban was credited with four votes in the AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year award for his shutdown role on Steven while collecting 27 disposals. 

West Coast’s Luke Shuey poses a chance as Suban’s next opponent on Sunday. 

“I’ve played on all of (West Coast’s midfielders) at certain stages, they’re all really quality players,” Suban said.

“Luke...


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Plenty of prizes up for grabs in the 2017 raffle

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Buy your tickets in the raffle today!

Here’s your chance to walk away with $25,000!
 
All you need to do is purchase a $10 ticket in the 2017 Fremantle Dockers Foundation Raffle.

Click here to purchase tickets

 
Major prizes also include a 2017 Hyundai Accent and Fremantle Dockers memorabilia.

The members’ early bird draw will take place next Thursday 20 July, with a 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final package for two up for grabs.

All tickets received by this Thursday 13 July will go into the early bird draw.

The main raffle will be drawn on Thursday 19 October 2017.

PRIZES
First Prize - $25,000 CASH
Second Prize - Hyundai Accent 2017 manual
Third Prize - Framed and team signed 2017 Fremantle Dockers Guernsey
Members’ Early Bird Prize - Two tickets to the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final, including return flights and accommodation
Book Buyers Prizes - 1x $500 Fremantle Dockers Team Store voucher, 2x 2017...


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Bradley Hill…King of the kids

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Bradley Hill with some young Freo fans at the HBF School Holiday Fun Day.

The wet conditions didn’t dampen the spirits for all those who participated in the HBF School Holiday Fun Day at the George Victor Kailis Oval on Tuesday afternoon.

Freo midfielder and ‘King of the Kids’ Bradley Hill said the day was just as much fun for the players as it was the kids.

“The kids have been enjoying it, it’s good to see a smile on their faces and it makes the day really enjoyable for the players,” Hill said.

“There was a bit of rain but that didn’t bother the kids too much, we just came inside and had a heap of fun on the inflatables.”

The 24-year-old understands the importance of being a role model and is aware of the positive influence days like the school holiday program has on young Freo fans.

“A lot of the young kids know a lot about footy and they have their favourites, you can see their...


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HBF injury update: All clear for duo

High performance manager Jason Weber runs through Fremantle's injury list

Joel Hamling and Brady Grey are expected to recover from their injury concerns during the coming week and will be available for selection for Sunday’s clash with West Coast, according to high performance manager Jason Weber.

The pair are expected to be available despite spending periods off the ground for treatment during last week’s clash with North Melbourne.

“Joel was pretty sore this morning, he took a bit of contact to his lower back and back of his pelvis,” Weber said.

“He’ll be a bit slow at training this week, but we expect him to be fine and up and going for the end of the week.

“Brady has some incidents during the game that reduced the power in his shoulder, but he’s back up and fine today and has presented well.

“He had a good run this morning and we anticipate him to be in full training...


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Opposition: Mackenzie grounded, Kennedy set to return

High performance manager Jason Weber runs through Fremantle's injury list.

Eagles defender Eric Mackenzie is facing a short stint on the sidelines after suffering a minor hamstring strain during their 32-point loss to Port Adelaide at the weekend.

West Coast's general manager of football Craig Vozzo said the one-on-one specialist would need at least a fortnight to rehabilitate the injury, which forced him from the field late in the contest on Sunday.

“He’s been in really good form, so it was disappointing that he had that slight strain with his hamstring,” Vozzo said.

“It’s at that level where we are expecting it to be a two-to-three week recovery.”

Vozzo was hopeful that reigning Ross Glendinning medallist Josh Kennedy would be available for the 46th instalment of the Carlton Draught Derby.

The football department boss said Kennedy trained well today and should take the field...


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An eye on AFLW future at U18s

We sat down with Michelle Cowan ahead of the NAB AFLW U18 Championships.

Senior women's coach Michelle Cowan and her list management team head east this week with an eye on the future at round two of the NAB AFLW Under-18s Championships on the Gold Coast.

There could be a number of future Fremantle players competing at this competition for WA, with up to seven spots available on Freo’s list heading into the 2018 season.

Those seven spots will likely be comprised of players at the U18 championships that are of draft age, as well as those that impress during the WAWFL season and during Fremantle’s talent search days. 

An additional three rookie spots are available on Fremantle’s lists for players who have not played AFL or been involved in any AFL programs over the past three years.

Cowan highlighted that the WA side will be her main focus at the championship as Freo looks to field...


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Peel make it four in-a-row

Sam Collins spoke to Curtin University following Peel's win over West Perth.

Fremantle forward Matt Taberner kicked a career-high six goals for Peel Thunder as his side further solidified their position in the top five with a 30-point win over West Perth at HBF Arena.

Peel set up their fourth win in-a-row during an opening half which saw them kick eight straight majors to West Perth’s eight behinds.

The Thunder were incredibly accurate in front of the sticks, kicking 15 goals straight before registering their first behind in the last quarter.

West Perth had 25 more inside-50’s for the game, but couldn’t capitalise on their entries as a strong Peel defence held them out for a 16.3 (99) to 9.15 (69) victory.

Fremantle defender Sam Collins, who finished with 25 disposals and 12 marks, said he was thrilled with Taberner’s effort throughout the game.

“I thought Matt Taberner really...


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Ryan’s pride for Freo defenders

Luke Ryan, Sean Darcy, Ryan Nyhuis and Brennan Cox get in the middle for the team song after Sunday's win over North.

Fielding their youngest side of 2017 and with much of that inexperience in the backline, Fremantle went into Sunday’s clash with North Melbourne reliant on the leadership of Michael Johnson and Joel Hamling.

So young defender Luke Ryan had right to be concerned when Hamling picked up a hip injury in the opening term and spent multiple stints on the sidelines.

At an average age of 23.66 years with an average of 68.2 games experience, Fremantle fielded the third youngest and second most inexperienced team of round 16.

For comparison, Fremantle’s round two side against Port Adelaide was almost three years older at 26.46 years with an average of 111.3 games of experience.

Fremantle’s back three featured Ryan (21, 5 games), Griffin Logue (19, 7 games) and Hamling (24,...


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Top tweets from a dream debut

Debutant Ryan Nyhuis chats after Freo's four-point win over North Melbourne.

Freo's victory against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday was more than just your run-of-the-mill thriller.

It was the fifth Freo game decided by under a goal in 2017 (we've won four of those for anyone counting).

It was also the debut of Ryan Nyhuis - a 20-year-old defender from the Northern Territory.

Twice named as an emergency since his elevation form the rookie list in June, Nyhuis earned his spot in the side after David Mundy was withdrawn with illness - becomming the 200th player to represent Fremantle.

Nyhuis' debut was covered extensively on Twitter, let's see how it unfolded.

Final teams #AFLNorthFreo:@freodockers: David Mundy (ill) replaced by Ryan Nyhuis.@NMFCOfficial: No late changes.

— AFL (@AFL) July 9, 2017

Ryan Nyhuis to become 200th player to represent Freo after late change...


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Exciting times ahead for young Dockers: Fyfe

Ryan Nyhuis had a dream debut kicking four goals.

Captain Nat Fyfe says he can see a bright future after a youthful Fremantle Dockers side fought out a four-point win over North Melbourne on Sunday at Etihad Stadium. 

Fremantle’s win came while fielding their youngest side of the season with an average age of 23.66 – more than three years younger than next week’s opponent West Coast, who fielded the oldest side of round 16 at 26.82 years.

Freo also had the second most inexperienced side in terms of games, fielding nine players with 30 games of AFL experience or less, with an average of 68.2.

Fyfe said that Freo’s young side was showing their ability to compete at AFL level, while continuing to deal with the test of inexperience.

After giving up significant leads in losses to Geelong and St Kilda in rounds 14 and 15, Fremantle almost let another game slip after leading North...


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Watch the Carlton Draught Derby in style

Lachie Neale shares his favourite Carlton Draught Derby moment.

How would you like to take seven mates to Sunday’s Carlton Draught Derby?

For every Fremantle home game in 2017, Carlton Draught is giving fans the chance to win tickets to the Carlton Draught Font Bar, the all-inclusive 'pub with a view' which is located in the NAB Stand at Domain Stadium.

This time around, we have EIGHT tickets up for grabs for YOU AND SEVEN MATES to watch Freo take on West Coast on Sunday at 2.40pm. 

For your chance to win this experience, simply post a pic of you dressed in your Freo gear and like Lachie Neale, tell us your favourite Carlton Draught Derby moment.

Upload your photo to Twitter or Instagram and make sure you tag @freodockers and #CarltonDraughtFrontBar.

Watch Sunday's game in style... just by telling us your favourite @CarltonDraught Derby moment!

How to enter: https://t.co/ebw7MWv9Z4


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Fyfe earns top votes

Nat Fyfe wins the ball with strength to set a Darcy Tucker goal in motion.

Midfielder Nat Fyfe has been recognised as the best on ground by senior coaches Ross Lyon and Brad Scott in Fremantle’s four-point win over North Melbourne on Sunday at Etihad Stadium. 

Fyfe polled a maximum 10 votes in the 2017 Shadforth Financial Group AFLCA Champion Player of the Year for round 16.

The Freo captain collected 33 touches (19 contested), 12 clearances, four inside 50s while taking six marks and kicking a goal.

It continues a run of strong Fyfe performances against North Melbourne. Fyfe polled three Brownlow votes against North in round eight, 2015 and round four, 2016 and was among Freo's best in round five earlier in the season.

Three other Freo players collected votes, including debutant Ryan Nyhuis who earned one vote for his four-goal effort.

Forward Michael Walters (three goals, 20...


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In case you missed it: Freo v North

Watch the best five moments from Freos round 16 win over North Melbourne.

Read the key stats and stories as Fremantle defeated North Melbourne by four points at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Dream debut
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Ryan Nyhuis – which wasn’t something that could be said on Sunday morning when the young defender was called up as an emergency replacement for the ill David Mundy.
A few hours later, Nyhuis was hailed as the hero with four goals on debut – the most ever by a Freo player, surpassing the three-goal debuts of Ryan Crowley, Paul Medhurst and Leigh Wardell-Johnson.

Vintage Fyfe
Nat Fyfe made a return to his excellent best against North, equalling his season high of 33 disposals (19 contested) while racking up 12 clearances. He did this while combatting a heavy tag from Sam Gibson in the third term, eventually moving forward in...


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