AFL Q4 04:48 remaining Fremantle 5.14 (44) v West Coast 10.7 (67)
That will be the sealer for the Eagles – Josh Kennedy shows the composure Fremantle have lacked all game to pick out Jack Darling just outside the square. I don’t think there’s enough time left for Fremantle – but they’ll rue their many missed opportunities.
AFL Q4 07:30 remaining Fremantle 5.14 (44) v West Coast 9.7 (61)
I can’t say this enough but the Dockers just can’t hit a target inside 50. They’re playing right into the Eagles’ intercept game.
AFL Q4 09:18 remaining Fremantle 5.13 (44) v West Coast 9.6 (60)
The Dockers are pushing but excruciatingly (for their fans more than anyone, I’d guess) keep missing targets. That said, they have all the momentum. Is there enough time? The Eagles need some more cool heads like Andrew Gaff – whose composure managed to take a couple of minutes off the clock.
AFL Q4 12:52 remaining Fremantle 5.13 (44) v West Coast 9.6 (60)
Walters for another -Darcy was free in the goalsquare – all on his own, decided to let it drop and it almost hit the post! Imagine that. If Freo keep hitting their targets this game might be back on.
AFL Q4 15:00 remaining Fremantle 4.13 (37) v West Coast 9.6 (60)
The Dockers finally get one back through Hayden Ballantyne after just their seventh mark inside 50.
AFL Q4 18:19 remaining Fremantle 3.13 (31) v West Coast 9.6 (60)
Looks like Stephen Hill has popped a shoulder in a melee with LeCras, that’s bad news for the Dockers who failed to capitalise on another promising push forward inside 50.
AFL three-quarter-time Fremantle 3.13 (31) v West Coast 9.6 (60)
Walters has GOALED! I can confirm, that is six points to the Dockers. That was the result of a Dom Sheed clanger which gifted the ball to Nat Fyfe.
After all that, however, the Dockers have given away 50m to sharp shooter Kennedy, who kicks his third goal (to equal Fremantle’s total). West Coast by 29 points at three-quarter-time.
AFL Q3 03:03 remaining Fremantle 2.13 (25) v West Coast 8.6 (54)
This is truly an ugly game of football. The ‘FREEEEO’ chant has just gone up, I assume more in hope and irony than anything else.
Down the other end, Mark LeCras goals from a set shot. That’s cruel. That’s 400 career goals from Mark LeCras, who celebrated like he knew he’d hit the milestone number.
AFL Q3 12:00 remaining Fremantle 2.11 (23) v West Coast 7.5 (47)
Some great play from the Dockers leads to yet another behind – the Dockers are going at 5% conversion from inside 50s. Wow.
Some fans are feeling the frustration on social media.
AFL Q3 15:14 remaining Fremantle 2.9 (21) v West Coast 7.5 (47)
The Dockers finally manage to hit a target inside 50 thanks to the clean ball use of Fyfe, who finds Cox on the lead. He can’t convert, however.
AFL Q3 16:40 remaining Fremantle 2.8 (20) v West Coast 7.5 (47)
Very impressive goal to Jeremy McGovern from outside 50 after an intercept mark inside 50. He loves getting forward – and wouldn’t the Crows love to have him alongside his brother Mitch?
Very quick clearance sees Mark LeCras boot another after the chaos ball went over the defenders’ heads and into space.
AFL Q3 18:00 remaining Fremantle 2.8 (20) v West Coast 5.5 (35)
The third-quarter starts as the rest of the game has proceeded, with poor ball use from the Dockers and Jack Darling with a shot on goal to make them pay. He misses.
North Queensland Cowboys beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 23-10
It’s all over at Barlow Park, with the Cowboys running away with the win 23-10. They had four different try-scorers, with Taumalolo, Feldt, Hess and Granville all crossing over. Taumalolo had 2 line breaks, and also had the most metres run, with 173 in total (Sam Burgess had 152 for the Rabbitohs). Granville also led the way for the Cowboys with 2 line breaks and 29 tackles, while Angus Crichton had 33 tackles for the Rabbitohs. The single point came from a Lachlan Coote field goal in the 78th minute, while Ethan Lowe converted 3/4 conversions.
The win takes the Cowboys to sixth, just behind the Roosters and just above the Dragons with 24 points. Meanwhile, the Dragons languish in 13th in what has been a disappointing season.
AFL Western Bulldogs 12.10 (82) beat Carlton 9.8 (62)
The reigning premiers finally break through for a win against the Blues. Both teams have been hit hard with injuries – the Blues had just the single rotation in the end, with all of Alex Silvagni, Ciaran Byrne and Dylan Buckley on the bench with injuries. As posted earlier, Jake Stringer is also out with a hamstring. In more promising news, Lewis Young played very well in his debut game for the Dogs, leading all others in intercept possessions (8), intercept marks (5) and the most marks for the Dogs (9). The Dogs will also welcome Jason Johannisen’s return to form; he had 23 possessions, 8 contested, and 74% disposal efficiency. Funny what signing your contract extension can do.
For the Blues, Bryce Gibbs continued his hot run of form with 32 disposals, including 10 contested possessions and 8 clearances. Second to him were Sam Docherty (29 disposals, 9 marks and 9 contested possessions) and Sam Kerridge (29 disposals, 12 contested possessions).
AFL half-time Fremantle 2.8 (20) v West Coast 5.4 (34)
Fremantle butcher another forward 50 entry and lose a good opportunity to score just before half-time. If they can fix up their disposal efficiency they’ll be right in this one.
I’ll go around the grounds to update you on the Carlton v Bulldogs and Souths v Cowboys games.
AFL Q2 01:45 remaining Fremantle 2.7 (19) v West Coast 5.4 (34)
Finally the Dockers kick truly with a goal to Suban in his milestone match. He still managed to fumble it before it went through. Ferocious tackle from David Mundy set that up.
AFL Q2 05:36 remaining Fremantle 1.7 (13) v West Coast 5.4 (34)
Thankfully for the Dockers, Drew Petrie misses down the other end and fails to make Fremantle pay.
How good is it to see this man in full flight again in the last couple of weeks?
AFL Q2 07:00 remaining Fremantle 1.7 (13) v West Coast 5.3 (33)
Would you believe it, Michael Walters hits the post from 10m out on the run. Nyhuis was all on his own just before he gave the assist to Walters, but the ball delivery to him gave the defenders a chance. Fremantle’s disposal efficiency is their biggest enemy.
AFL Q2 09:05 remaining Fremantle 1.6 (12) v West Coast 5.2 (32)
Finally! Kersten kicks truly for the Dockers after a snap shot around the body. Phew. Dockers fans breathe a sigh of relief.
AFL Q2 09:50 remaining Fremantle 0.6 (6) v West Coast 5.2 (32)
Stephen Hill misses a very easy shot at goal – he had plenty of time and lacked composure with the finish.
Hill gets another chance and passes off to Crozier. Could this be the breakthrough goal? No. They have, however, kicked a goal’s worth of points?
AFL Q2 11:24 remaining Fremantle 0.4 (4) v West Coast 5.2 (32)
Fremantle have 14% disposal efficiency in their forward half this term. Unbelievably bad.
AFL Q2 13:00 remaining Fremantle 0.4 (4) v West Coast 5.2 (32)
Things are getting ugly for the Dockers here. They’ve only managed 4 points in a quarter and a half of football.
Last week’s hero Nyhuis tries to inspire his team with a big contested mark, before kicking into the man on the mark, Will Schofield. Somewhat ugly game at the moment, errors abounding.
AFL Q2 15:26 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 5.2 (32)
Lachie Neale gives away a 50m penalty to Matt Priddis after stepping off the line (he also avoided giving Priddis the ball in the first instance, so was lucky not to give it away at first). Still, Priddis can’t capitalise, but the ball is back with Josh Kennedy who was in too much space inside the Eagles’ forward 50. He makes no such mistake.
AFL Q2 17:41 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 4.1 (25)
Fox Footy’s commentators point out that Fyfe is now up to 11/39 contested possessions for his team – the next best is Lachie Neale on 3. Fremantle can’t afford such reliance on one man, as brilliant as he may be.
AFL three-quarter-time Carlton 6.6 (42) v Western Bulldogs 10.8 (68)
26-point lead to the Bulldogs after a 3 goal to 2 quarter. Bontempelli, Wallis and McLean scored for the Dogs, while it was Wright and Graham for the Blues.
Bryce Gibbs leads possession by a long way for the Blues, with 27 disposals, 9 contested possessions and 7 clearances at 78% disposal efficiency. He is in some rich vein of form. For the Dogs Jack Macrae has 26 disposals, 7 marks and 9 contested possessions at 85% disposal efficiency, while Bontempelli has 21 disposals, 9 contested possessions and 2 goals. No coincidence that the Dogs play well when Bontempelli does.
NRL half-time South Sydney Rabbitohs 6-16 North Queensland Cowboys
Quarter-time in our feature match, and it’s half-time in the NRL. Here’s the most recent try to Coen Hess. Looks like the Rabbitohs might live to rue selling their home game to the state of their opponents…
AFL Q1 00:22 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 4.1 (25)
Nat Fyfe has had 10 contested possessions – a third of Fremantle’s 30 total. It might be cliche, but he can’t do it all alone. He’s leading all-comers with 12 disposals and 5 clearances.
AFL Q1 01:50 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 4.1 (25)
Hayden Crozier nearly takes mark of the year before the Eagles clear the ball to again deflect Fremantle’s attack on the 50. Will get you some vision of that when I can!
AFL Q1 03:49 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 4.1 (25)
Great goal to Priddis off one step on the left. He was all alone in the 50 after a panic clearance from the Dockers. That’s four goals to none in this term for the Eagles.
AFL Q1 06:23 remaining Fremantle 0.1 (1) v West Coast 3.1 (19)
Nearly a miracle goal to Stephen Hill after a nice assist from Lachie Neale, who has seemingly recovered from an elbow to the head by Matt Priddis (he tried to fend off the tackle, rather than deliberately elbowing him).
Here’s that huge Darling mark from earlier:
AFL Q1 09:22 remaining Fremantle 0.1 (1) v West Coast 3.1 (19)
Fremantle couldn’t convert through captain Nat Fyfe despite a 50m penalty gifting him a set shot at goal. Darling outmarks his opponent again to set up Drew Petrie in the square. How good has Petrie been off the North Melbourne scrap heap?
AFL Q1 12:46 remaining Fremantle 0.0 (0) v West Coast 2.1 (13)
Congratulations to Nick Suban on his 150th game today. No love for the Dockers in this match so far, though. Eagles are dominating possession, with Kennedy and Darling looming dangerously in the forward line. Last week’s hero Nyhuis is already back defending, currently on Jeremy McGovern.
AFL Q1 14:25 remaining Fremantle 0.0 (0) v West Coast 2.0 (12)
Absolutely HUGE mark from Jack Darling, and he follows it up with a nice set-shot goal from about 45m out, on a much tighter angle than Kennedy’s last shot.
AFL Q1 16:40 remaining Fremantle 0.0 (0) v West Coast 1.0 (6)
Guess who? Josh Kennedy with a big 45m set shot goal for the Eagles. Great kick inside 50m from McGovern set him up. How glad are the Eagles that this man is back?
AFL Q1 17:54 remaining Fremantle 0.0 (0) v West Coast 0.0 (0)
Big late out here, with Elliot Yeo missing from the Eagles’ side (while this might be devastating to Eagles fans, I am raging because he’s in my Supercoach team) That man Michael Walters gets the opening free kick off the match to push the Dockers forward.
A quick shout-out to my friends at Chicks Talkin’ Footy on JOY FM 94.9. They’ve tweeted to promote my live blog today and interviewed me on Wednesday night about all things AFL, and my writing for The Guardian and The Footy Almanac’s season 2017 AFLW book. Look out for the podcast of that interview when their website is back online!
AFL Q2 02:28 remaining Carlton 4.4 (28) v Western Bulldogs 7.7 (49)
Thankyou, Regan Phelps, I would like to concur.
Tough holding the ball decision against Caleb Daniel leads to a shot on goal for Sam Docherty, but it’s touched just before the line.
AFL Q2 02:28 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Western Bulldogs 7.7 (49)
One man who has looked very impressive is the Bulldogs’ debutant in Lewis Young who is playing in defence for the Dogs. Has picked off several intercept marks and looks composed, even shouting instructions to his much older teammates.
AFL Q2 04:02 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Western Bulldogs 7.7 (49)
Five goals to one to the Bulldogs this quarter, as Picken capitalises on the 75% of possession the Dogs have managed leading into half-time.
AFL Q2 05:10 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Western Bulldogs 6.7 (43)
Speak of the devil, Jones cuts off an impressive foray forward from the Dogs, after a misdirected kick from Caleb Daniel. Charlie Curnow now lines up for a goal down the other end. He hits the post.
Some news relevant to this game from Wires (AAP): the former Western Bulldog Liam Jones has been offered a new two-year deal with the Blues, after his stunning rejuvenation as a defender. Jones spent seven seasons (including five with the Bulldogs) as an often-frustrating forward, capable of taking huge contested marks but marred by inconsistency.
This from Jones: “The move into the back six has obviously reinvigorated me and I’m really grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to go around again for the next couple of years”.
Jones was a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, and has played 88 games, booting 84 goals. He has averaged six marks and 13 disposals in his five games this season.
AFL Q2 11:17 remaining Carlton 4.2 (26) v Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42)
The Blues get their fourth goal, after they kicked three in the first 10 minutes of this game. That one went to Bryce Gibbs who was alone in the square, and kicked it into the top level of the ‘G.
Dogs respond quickly, though, with a goal to Bailey Dale after a nice, measured kick inside 50 from Toby McLean. He’s had a wonderful string of games these last few weeks.