Dockers spring a surprise on Giants

April 20, 2019 5:10 pm in by

FREMANTLE has come from behind at the final change, kicking the opening six goals of the fourth quarter to defeat GWS in their AFL clash in Canberra.

Leon Cameron had labelled the Dockers one of the competition’s form teams and the Giants coach was proven correct, with his men upset 16.10 (106) to 11.16 (82).

GWS were unbackable favourites heading into the Saturday contest and could have gone top with a win but it was the Dockers who instead climbed into second spot.

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Returning skipper Nat Fyfe finished with 31 disposals for Fremantle, while Brandon Matera kicked four goals in front of 11,277 fans at Manuka Oval.

The Dockers wasted chances with some point-blank misses and poor set shots in the first half but delivered when it mattered in the final quarter.

GWS were left to rue missed opportunities as wayward kicking and a lacklustre fourth term cost them in the capital, where they had won nine in a row.

Giants star midfielder Stephen Coniglio topped the charts with 37 disposals, while Jeremy Cameron booted four goals in the absence of injured star Callan Ward.

Dockers defender Taylin Duman could find himself in trouble with the match review panel after shoving Lachie Whitfield in the face in the third quarter but will likely just cop a fine.

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GWS veteran Matt de Boer was tipped to shadow Fyfe but also spent time on Andrew Brayshaw and Bradley Hill in a busy afternoon for the in-form tagger.

Giants co-captain and key defender Phil Davis went off in the final term with an ankle injury.

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FREMANTLE 4.4 8.7 10.9 16.10 (106)

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 3.6 7.9 10.13 11.16 (82)

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Goals: Fremantle: B Matera 4 J Hogan 3 M Taberner 3 M Walters 3 R Lobb S Switkowski T Colyer. Greater Western Sydney: J Cameron 4 J Finlayson 3 B Daniels H Himmelberg M Buntine S Coniglio.

Umpires: Mathew Nicholls, Brendan Hosking, Eleni Glouftsis.

Official Crowd: 11,277 at Manuka Oval.


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