AFL Round 8: Freo: a tipster’s nightmare.

by Josh Barnstable

I am in three footy tipping competitions at the moment. One at home, one at my dad’s work and one at my mum’s work. I picked Fremantle in each competition, I also used my ‘wild card’ at my mum’s work, where the amount of tips I got correct for this round, I get doubled.

After I get home from school, mum tells me we are going out for tea. I hope we will be home before the first bounce. After a disappointing meal, we arrive home just as the game is starting. Fremantle vs. Hawthorn from Subiaco Oval.

The Hawks start well in their clash guernsey which looks terrific in my opinion. Chance Bateman and Stuart Dew kick the first 2 goals. The Dockers recover with goals to Scott Thornton and Luke McPharlin kicked the ball out of mid-air in the goalsquare to put the Dockers right back in the game. Hawthorn finish the quarter well with Lance Franklin’s long bomb from outside 50 on a tight angle floated through and gave the Hawks a lead of 6 points at quarter time, 3.2 to 2.2. Jordan Lewis has had 12 disposals for the Hawks while Paul Duffield had 9 possessions.

The second quarter starts and the first half of the quarter goes by without a goal. Things change quickly though, with Ryan Murphy marking in the goalsquare to put the Dockers in front by a point. The Hawks started playing their best football though, with Mark Williams marking uncontested 30m from goal. He ran in and kicked the goal followed by 2 goals to Franklin and the margin was out to 3 goals. Cyril Rioli showed a bit more magic with a clever goal from close to the boundary line. Garry Moss crumbed a pack and snapped a good goal with just seconds remaining to take the margin out to 30 points at half time, 8.4 to 3.4. Sam Mitchell and Lewis have 18 and 17 touches respectively while Duffield has 19 disposals and Byron Schammer is on 18 possessions. The Dockers are being disappointing, with Aaron Sandilands having no impact on the game at all.

The third quarter began and the Hawks opened with a goal to Williams, his 2nd. The Dockers lifted though, grabbing the momentum with a brilliant mark to Michael Johnson just outside the goalsquare. He drilled the goal before a string of behinds. The Dockers finally found their range through McPharlin after he split the middle from a tight angle. The Hawks replied through Rioli to take the margin out to 28 points before Murphy crumbed a pack and snapped a good goal. This was bettered though, with Michael Osborne snapping a brilliant goal from the boundary line, a real contender for goal of the year. The Dockers replied with Duffield kicking a goal on the run from 45m out to lift the Dockers to within 22 points at three quarter time, 7.8 to 11.6. Mitchell has been outstanding for the Hawks with 27 touches while Schammer and Duffield are on 24 and 21 possessions for the Dockers respectively.

The final quarter began and the ball spent a lot of the time in Fremantle’s forward half. They couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities though, with Matthew Pavlich kicking a long goal from outside 50 before Jarryd Roughead found his range, kicking his first after marking on the lead, his tally for the night going to 1.3. Then Buddy exploded. He marked 60m from goal, contemplated passing it off before roosting the ball towards the goals. It went on and on, going through to take the margin out to 28 points and sealing the match. The Dockers kicked the final goal of the match through Sandilands after taking a strong mark. The final siren sounded and the Hawks had somehow found a way to win, prevailing by 22 points, 13.9.87 to 9.11.65. The Hawks had defied the odds and won against a young team which was gathering some serious momentum.

So not for the first time have I picked Fremantle, really believing they could win the match, only to fall and disappoint a lot of people.

Fremantle 2.2—3.4—7.8—9.11.65

Hawthorn 3.2—8.4—11.6—13.9.87


Fremantle-McPharlin 2, Murphy 2, Pavlich, Thornton, Duffield, Johnson, Sandilands

Hawthorn-Franklin 4, Williams 2, Rioli 2, Osborne, Roughead, Dew, Bateman, Moss


Fremantle-Pavlich, Duffield, Schammer, Johnson, Haselby

Hawthorn-Mitchell, Sewell, Bateman, Franklin, Rioli, Lewis


39,135 at Subiaco Oval


3 Votes: S. Mitchell (HAW)

2 Votes: M. Pavlich (FREM)

1 Vote: B. Sewell (HAW)

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