Regardless, it has been a horror 12 months and there’s a lot to debate at Arden St, together with simply who to re-sign of their 23 uncontracted gamers with just one match, towards West Coast, remaining.
The Kangaroos fell behind early and had been unable to generate momentum towards a disciplined Dockers unit that had a kick-and-mark mentality, mirrored of their benefit of 47 extra marks and 73 extra uncontested possessions.
As they’ve by way of the season, Jed Anderson and Shaun Higgins discovered loads of the ball for the Roos, whereas Luke McDonald battled exhausting in defence. Trent Dumont was additionally productive however Jared Polec, preventing for his future, would have appreciated to have performed extra. As a collective, the Kangaroos’ stress was poor, proven in that they even had much less tackles than their opponents.
Ruckman Todd Goldstein was chaired off in his 250th conflict however he had a tricky day towards Sean Darcy.
Jack Ziebell has had a season to overlook. The Kangaroos skipper missed a lot of the marketing campaign with harm however there are questions over how a lot, at 29, he nonetheless has to offer. He could not get into the sport towards the Dockers when used up ahead. It might have been good to have seen him placed on the ball sooner than late within the third time period however the Kangaroos opted to take a conservative position with him.
Jesse Hogan appears to be having fun with his soccer once more after one other robust season. Longmuir has mentioned he believes the previous Demon has a future on the membership and his presence up ahead is plain. Transferring freely, he completed the day with 4 objectives from solely six touches.
There wasn’t loads to get enthusiastic about on this conflict however Michael Walters offered one of many few highlights when he climbed over McDonald within the second time period and hauled in a mark. He transformed the set shot from about 35 metres, because the Dockers took management.
Nat Fyfe was pressured to the bench within the second time period after he was whacked within the eye from the again of Hogan’s heal in a marking contest. It isn’t what the captain wanted however he was quickly again within the thick of motion and completed with 24 disposals.
North Melbourne: Anderson, Higgins, Dumont.
Fremantle: Fyfe, Acres, Brayshaw, Hill