Fremantle – 9.11 (65)
Hawthorn – 13.9 (87)
A dominant second term in which the Hawk’s scored 5 goals to 1 set up a gritty victory against the Dockers. It will be the case of a chance lost with Fremantle, who had more than enough chances to take it up to Hawthorn in the second half.
Turning points of the match
The second half when the Hawks kicked 5 goals in a little less than 15 minutes gave the Hawks a big enough buffer to keep the Dockers’ at bay for the rest of the game.
Although they probably can thank some wayward kicking from Freo for not testing that buffer too much…..
Key Players for the Fremantle
• Matthew Pavlich – The most influential midfielder on the ground with 8 tackles to go with 30 possessions.
• Byron Schammer – From someone who was pretty-much at the cross-roads of his career, he has had a damn good year with this game to add to it. He was everywhere around the packs and finished with 29 possessions and 5 clearances.
• Aaron Sandilands – Absolutely dominated the ruck making the Robert Campbell and Simon Taylor look second-rate (well Taylor is second-rate anyway) with 41 hitouts.
Key Players for Hawthorn
• Cyril Rioli – If he isn’t the Hawks best player right now……. His 16 possesions may seem a bit light-on but boy were they an absolute joy to watch.
• Brad Sewell – Mr. Dependable has become a real on-field leader for the Hawks which cannot be underestimated due to the inconsistency of the named leaders at the club. 11 tackles and 13 quality contested possessions out of 29 proves it for me.
• Sam Mitchell – 34 possessions for the captain performing again in a must win game. Good for him and for the Hawks but let’s do it consistantly from here onwards Sammy ok?
Musings from the match
• My god, Freo had their chances to take it up to the Hawks in the 3rd and 4th quarters…….
• A total tackle count of 139 for both teams shows the type of game played.
• How did Brad Sewell only get drafted in the Rookie draft?
• How did Rioli last till’ 12 in his draft?
• The Franklin/Tarrant battle was a highlight. Buddy’ with four goals straight got the points but it wasn’t all one way traffic.
• Ben McGlynn and Chance Bateman were also very good for the Hawks, McGlynn with his hard-edge approach which suited the game and Bateman with his typical hard-running.
• As good as Byron Schammer was, that miss in the last half was crucial.
• Stats wise for Stephen Hill, a 13 possession game is nothing to write home about but his immeasurable influence is telling. The amount of ‘drive’ he provided Freo was excellent.
• For a low scoring game in terms of goals, it was a high scoring game SuperCoach points wise with 11 players scoring 100+pt’s
• Brad Sewell, Matthew Pavlich and Paul “Who am I?” Duffield led the way with 150+pt’s
• Ben McGlynn is one to jump on if you are after a bargain. He scored 109pt’s to go with his 85pt’s against Essendon last week. With a price of $228 300, he could score negative next week and still gain value. He has the work ethic and hard-edge that Clarkson loves so expect him to stay in the team as well.
SuperCoach scores from SuperFooty.com