Round 12 – Fremantle v Carlton: A lasting love for Jack Newnes



Fremantle v Carlton
6:10pm, Saturday August 15
Perth Stadium



To be honest I wanted Fremantle to win the game, but I am feeling like a hangover on Sunday morning because the ex-Saint Jack Newnes kicked a winning goal after the siren.


I admit I still like Jack Newnes and have a minor addiction to his footy.


The tight match changed in the last minutes as Fremantle wasted opportunities and Carlton put pressure on Freo.


49 seconds left after Liam Jones scores a behind and Fremantle are about to win at home.


The clock moves forward to 30 seconds remaining when Eddie Betts’ attempt to score a goal results in no score.


Matt Taberner could tap the footy but lets the ball out of the boundary line. It counts as deliberate, therefore a free kick is awarded to Sam Docherty.


*Rulebook 1:
A free kick is given against the player in possession of the ball for the following infringements of the rules:
(d) Deliberately forcing or taking the ball over the boundary line.

He kicks towards the forward line and is bumped by Andrew Brawshaw. The kick is delivered outside the boundary line and a down field free kick is awarded to Jack Newnes.


*Rulebook 2:
Free kick downfield: When a player is tackled after disposing of the ball, a free kick is awarded to a player downfield (closer to goal) where the ball lands.


In order for the ex-Saint  to shoot a set shot, a cameraman needs to evacuate and equipment has to be removed. Newnes shoves a plastic chair and a camera cable.


The final siren sounds and he kicks high and beautifully. Jack Newnes changes the game after the siren from two points behind to a four-point win.


Channel 7 commentator James Brawshaw calls it a controversial down field free kick, but I had no idea why. Later I learnt that a closest player to the boundary line should be given a free kick when the ball was out of the boundary.


As Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir suggests, Michael Gibbons was closest to the point where the ball was landed. That’s why JB calls it a controversial down field free kick.


What a kick and what a game.


Our new number 16, Dan Butler performs much better than the old number 16, but my love affair with Newnes still lives.


He cried when Lenny Hayes announced his retirement and played 123 consecutive games between 2013 and 2019 at St Kilda. Jack is a good bloke!


I admit that his parting with St Kilda works out well for both parties. I just wish Newnes all the best at Carlton but don’t want him to kick a goal when playing against the mighty Saints.



FREMANTLE    3.2   4.3   5.4   5.6 (36)
CARLTON          0.1    2.3   4.8   5.10 (40)


Fremantle: Taberner 3, Frederick, Lobb
Carlton: Casboult, Cottrell, Walsh, McKay, Newnes


Fremantle: Ryan, Fyfe, Taberner, Cerra, Brayshaw, Mundy
Carlton: Curnow, Cripps, Walsh, Docherty, Murphy, Setterfield


**My apology for not reporting the last two Saints games. I will write a joint match report for the games against Suns, Cats and Bombers after Sunday afternoon footy against Essendon.



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About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Peter Fuller says

    Thank you Yoshi for this report. I like your generous attitude to Newnes. There is a tradition of supporters booing players who leave when they play against their former club particularly if they go to a club considered an enemy. It’s also influenced by whether they leave in circumstances where there is bad blood – chasing much more money, dissing the club coach, administration or players (or all of the above) on their way out. I was pleased for Shaun Grigg that he was able to become a premiership player at Richmond after leaving Carlton, and I am also happy for Josh Kennedy that he has been successful at West Coast, just as I was delighted that Eddie Betts enjoyed such a stellar second life at Adelaide.
    The Blues were lucky on Saturday, but there was justice in their being rewarded for persisting. Fremantle were dominant early, and it took three quarters of grinding effort to get back into the contest and achieve the last gasp win.

  2. G’day Peter,

    Thank you for your good comment and sharing your thoughts as well as compliment on my love to Newnes.

    As for booing players who have left clubs, I remember of Brendon Goddard. He has been said to leave St Kilda for money, but years later he revealed that he had no choice rather than leaving the Saints. I didn’t know that until I watched Open Mike program where BJ appeared. Booing Goddard was not needed I have to say…

    Meanwhile I don’t think St Kilda supporters booed Nick Dal Santo as we know he had matured agreement with the club – Dal left the club to allow young players to build a good play list.

    Did Bluebaggers boo Josh Kennedy (West Coast) when he played the Blues?

    Jack Newnes rejected the contract extension with the Saints. So he could be booed, but it didn’t happen thank to no crowd game when Carlton hosted St Kilda earlier this year. I don’t think St Kilda supporters would have booed Newnes because we have recruited good players such as Dan Butler, Zak Jones and Brad Hill. Newnes got refreshed at Carlton so everyone is happy, I reckon. Plus many St Kilda fans are very happy with his dramatic goal kicking on Saturday.

    What do you think awarding free kicks at the last minute?



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