Finals Week 1 – Fremantle v Sydney: Eat Sleep Footy Repeat (Junior Almanac)

Eat Sleep Footy Repeat
Fremantle Dockers versus Sydney Swans
1:20pm, 12th September
Domain Stadium, Perth
Josh Coales

WA was the epicentre of footy this week. The Dockers and Eagles both finishing top two, sealing two finals in WA this weekend. The Eagles made the Hawks look second-rate as they stopped the Hawk’s lethal skills and won comfortably sealing a home preliminary final. If the Dockers can get up today, it increases the chance of a derby grand final. But, the Dockers need to beat the Swans who are undermanned but experienced. This game will be a cracker.

We have Grandad back and he is excited for what could be our best shot at a flag in his lifetime. If the Dockers do make it to October, Dad, Grandad and I will drive over to the G and watch the Dockers as we try to win a flag. We go to our usual pub for the usual 2 pints and 2 coke policy which has almost become a second nature of going to the footy. We go and I’m really excited for not only the Dockers game, but the Doggies-Crows game tonight will be a cracker. We leave the pub and head to Subi and it is packed. Gate 19 has people lining up and the record salesman has trouble holding up the record, there are that many people. We get the record and head in. I didn’t see Nat Fyfe warming up in the rooms on the big screen. I did see Clancee Pearce and Tendai Mzungu warming up. Oh no, is Nat not playing? The big question was soon answered when Sonny Walters, Ballaz and Fyfe all ran out onto Subi but no Tabener or McPharlin who is out with a calf…again. I haven’t been this pumped for a game since 2013 preliminary final against the Swans.

The first quarter starts off in the best fashion with an early goal to Walters. We kick 4 goals to the inaccurate Sydney’s 1 goal 6 behinds. The highlight was when Sonny crumbed the ball and snapped a beautiful goal. We look good and Grandad is vocal for his standards. We’re abuzz at quarter time.

The second quarter is where I think we’ll break away and kill the Swans. They’re persistent and don’t let us break away. But, they’re still inaccurate. A key moment to not only the game, but the Swans’ finals campaign is the injury of Sam Reid. He is going for the footy and he twinges his hammy. He belts the fence in frustration. Dad claims he knows what it feels like to do his hammy as an ‘elite’ athlete. Being the best runner for Christ Church Grammar in 1993 doesn’t count as elite. Sorry Dad. The highlight was when Ballaz snapped the ball deep in the pocket without looking at the goals. The ball came right on the line and looked like going in. Dad bags Zac Clarke but Grandad and I both say it was the right decision as footy is a funny game and that could be a tide changer. Much like Stephen Milne in the drawn 2010 grand final. If you’re looking for a close game of footy watch that in the tireless months without footy. Or at least until the cricket is on.

The third quarter starts and the Swans look better than the first half. I hope we can hold off a determined Swans. If we lose we will NEVER hear the end of it from West Coast supporters. Well, at least one of my mates, Angus Price won’t let me forget it. We go goal for goal. The highlight of the third quarter was when Lachie Neale snapped a beautiful goal. Grandad notices Fyfe doesn’t look 100% and it looks like he doesn’t want to kick the footy whenever he receives the ball. We enter the last quarter feeling nervous but I think we can hold on.

The Swans keep coming in the last quarter and only due to inaccurate kicking, they never hit the front. They kick 2 goals 5 behinds to the Dockers’ 2 goals 1 behind. We win! The pure ecstasy of winning a qualifying final sending us into a home prelim is unmatched…so far. The highlight was when the siren sounded showing we won.

Off to the pub now for dinner and the Dogs-Crows game. What a game. The Crows only just won and it was the game of the first week of finals.

FREMANTLE: 4.1 6.4 8.8 10.9 69

SYDNEY: 1.6 2.11 5.13 7.18 60

Fremantle: Walters, Neale, Fyfe, Ballantyne, Mundy
Sydney: Kennedy, Hannebery, McVeigh,Goodes, Jetta

Fremantle: Walters, Ballantyne 3, Mayne, Clarke, Neale, Barlow
Sydney: Tippett 3, Reid, Laidler, McVeigh, Towers

Chamberlain, Margetts, Findlay

Crowd: 40,071



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About Josh Coales

15 year old student. Loves footy. Loves Freo. Loves Nat Fyfe.


  1. There we go. There’s the reference. Great article, and good win from freo. It’s always the third quarter where the their opposition starts coming back. Hoping to see a derby grand final! Show Victoria it’s not all about them

  2. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    Well done Josh. I’m a Swans supporter so wasn’t thrilled about the result. But I’m happy that you’re getting to feel the excitement of your team inching towards another final. It’s funny, there are a couple of old heroes for whom it would be lovely to see a flag – Robert Murphy was one of them. Pavlich is the other. Enjoy the build up and keep writing!

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