Voss Rolls the Dice …

Fremantle are storming through 2010, ending seasons every second week it seems. They came to the Gabba on Saturday night to break a 15 year hoodoo. They didn’t do it in style, but they did it. Inside 50 Freo were dreadful, but everywhere else they clobbered Brisbane. Michael Voss has drafted and traded for a premiership in 2010, and either way has exposed the club to the wilderness by 2013. Luck, form, and injuries are now running against Brisbane and this Fremantle side which has given up on luck and is now prepared to win games the hard way, revealed some deep problems for the Lions.

Simon Black was really the only Brisbane player that stood up, the much vaunted twin towers were shut down and the story of the game was the Fremantle defence. Chris Tarrant totally outplayed Jon Brown who managed a goal, and while Fevola jagged a couple of good opportunist goals and kicked a belter from outside 50, Luke McPharlin had his measure all night. The uncanny Roger Hayden had an off night, his precise footskills deserted him, but he still outthought the Brisbane forwards just shutting them out for long periods. Stephen Hill wreaked havoc in the middle, Sandilands dominated the ruck and Pavlich pretty much did as he liked against the recycled Brent Staker and the makeshift Brisbane backline – except kick goals.

Brisbane actually were at their most dangerous when kicking in from Fremantle points, which they had the opportunity to do 23 times. The quick break across the zone has been a pain point for the Dockers this year, it brought them undone against St Kilda, and despite the run of play on saturday night, the Lions had a sniff via this avenue in the last quarter of the game. Still you could feel the resolve of the Fremantle side, they were not in the mood for an honourable defeat.

The Fremantle list is in astoundingly good shape.  In second spot and with 6 wins from 7 games under their belt, Fremantle have Haselby and Palmer just running into form. With draftees Anthony Morabito and Nathan Fyfe are grabbing their chance with both hands, Kepler Bradley coming into the team in career best form, and with Grover, Ibbotson, Van Berlo, Ruffles, Silvagni, and Schammer all trying to find a way back into the side the heat is really on in that list.

Unfortunately for the Lions, the club with more at stake this year than any other, the season has run off the rails. After opening with 4 wins against mostly good opposition, their season has taken a dive against up and comers in Melbourne, Sydney, and Fremantle – teams they definitely have to beat if they are to get to the top four and a tilt at the flag. Worse, key players are down on form and now they have injury worrries. But more deeply troubling is the apparent lack of depth in the list. I still shake my head in wonder when I see Akermanis winning games off his own boot for the Doggies, and there is just no sanity in seeing Daniel Bradshaw in Sydney colours.

FREMANTLE  5.5 9.9 12.15 15.23 (113)

BRISBANE   5.2 6.4 10.7 15.10 (100)


Fremantle: M Pavlich 3 H Ballantyne 2 M Johnson 2 P Hasleby 2 A Morabito

A Sandilands C Mayne M Barlow N Fyfe R Palmer.

Brisbane: B Fevola 3 S Black 2 T Banfield 2 A McGrath C Stiller D Rich

J Brown J Drummond J Sherman M Rischitelli T Rockliff.


Stephen Hill    Chris Tarrant   Simon Black


  1. John Butler says


    It’s interesting how Brisbane’s fortunes have been so dependent on Big Jon Brown.

    This is exactly what worried me with Fev at Carlton.

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