Fremantle Dockers decimate Melbourne Demons in AFL bloodbath, scores

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Fremantle recorded one of the biggest wins in its club history, defeating Melbourne 22.9 (141) to 7.5 (47) in the red centre of Alice Springs.

The Dockers forwards had an absolute blast at TIO Traeger Park. Jye Amiss led the pack with four goals while teammates Michael Walters, Luke Jackson and Josh Treacy each scored three goals in the 92-point victory.

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The victory catapults the Dockers to sixth place in the rankings, with a percentage increase of well over 10 percent being a welcome side effect.

Jordan Clark shone for Fremantle with 35 possessions, 15 marks and a goal, while Luke Ryan continued his run to his second All-Australian jacket, recording an incredible 18 marks and 28 possessions.

This heavy defeat drops the Dees out of the eight and is the highest score they have conceded since 2016.

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3. Dockers “Demolition” at Alice Springs debut

After conceding the first two goals of the game, Fremantle destroyed Melbourne in their first ever home and away match at TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs on Sunday.

Justin Longmuir’s Dockers quickly took control of the Demons in the first quarter, repeatedly inflicting damage on Simon Goodwin’s team during the rally.

“It was absolute destruction by Fremantle,” Jordan Lewis told Fox Footy at halftime.

“It was their ability to advance in numbers and compete, create excitement and then be able to penetrate and punish them when they lost the ball.

“And then from then on they had several options.”

The Dockers scored 50 points in the first half alone from 12 turnovers by Melbourne’s front half.

“That’s partly their pressure, but partly Melbourne are certainly not taking care of the ball as well as they should,” Lewis added.

Three-time Richmond Premier League striker Jack Riewoldt added: “The Dockers have a particularly high scoring ability with their groundball game and they really beat Melbourne there and the ability to target forward.”

Josh Treacy scored three goals in the first half while Jye Amiss added two more. Amiss finished the game with four goals while Treacy scored three on the afternoon.

Fox Footy’s Nick Dal Santo acknowledged the significance of Fremantle’s triumph and examined Sean Darcy’s battle with Melbourne’s superstar captain Max Gawn.

“We came here today thinking it was going to be a statement game from one of those teams – well, it was definitely the Freo Dockers,” he said on the show after three quarters.

“After the first five to ten minutes in which the Dees dominated, everything since then has been about the Dockers.

“It started in the middle. We talked about it before the game. What I liked about Sean Darcy’s game today is that he was very physical with (Gawn).”

“He wore him out and it started on the first impact. (Luke) Jackson forward, Darcy in the ruck, but it went on like that all game, in the ruck contest but also around the field.

“It wasn’t an individual effort; everyone was trying to bring Max down.”

Darcy finished with 14 possessions, four clearances, four tackles, 21 hit-outs – 10 of them for the advantage – and a goal. Gawn managed just eight taps for the advantage.

“Today, apart from the first few minutes, you felt like the commitment was at a really high level across the board,” Caleb Serong told Fox Footy after the game.

Melbourne have played nine home and away games at TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs since 2013, but the Dockers appeared to be the team most familiar with the venue on Sunday.

Melbourne were thrashed by Fremantle on Sunday, with Simon Goodwin’s second-tier side putting in a worrying performance.

Despite scoring the first two goals of the game, the Demons conceded the next six against a determined Dockers side that was threatening and dangerous in transition.

Fremantle scored a total of 13 goals in the second and third quarters, compared to Melbourne’s three, and thus extended their unassailable lead, leaving the Dees with no chance with the ball in hand.

“I don’t think Melbourne got caught kicking the ball backwards (that way) and handballing it backwards,” Riewoldt said on Fox Footy’s halftime coverage.

“Players get under pressure and then suddenly think, ‘I’ll just give it to someone else’ to put them under pressure.

“There is no pressure at all,” Riewoldt noted of Melbourne’s defensive actions in the third quarter.

Fox Footy analyst David King added: “Melbourne were not allowed to play well; they were not allowed to function.”

“For every mistake Melbourne made, Fremantle put it on the scoreboard.”

The Dees’ final loss margin was an incredible 89 points – their heaviest defeat since their heavy loss to Geelong in Round 23, 2016.

“Not a single goal after the break, Melbourne,” Lewis remarked after the final whistle.

“Not a single goal in the entire game. The Dockers line-up was fantastic.”

After the final whistle, King expressed his concern about the clear defeat.

“They have plunged this club, the Melbourne Football Club, into complete crisis,” King said after the game.

“I think it’s too simplistic to say, ‘Oh, it’s just a mulligan, put it behind you, move on.’ You have to assess this, you have to look at it in depth.

“I think they’re stuck between two modes: last year’s and this year’s – and that’s a bad position to be in on Round 12.”

Melbourne dropped to ninth place after Sunday’s loss and could even drop to tenth place depending on the result in Gold Coast.

To make matters worse, Melbourne winger Lachie Hunter injured his calf in the midst of the Demons’ “terrible” loss on Sunday afternoon.

Disappointingly, Hunter, who only returned to AFL action for the first time this season last week, succumbed to a calf injury.

He was taken off the pitch early in the second half due to ongoing concerns about his long-term fitness.

At Thursday’s selection, Simon Goodwin named tall striker Daniel Turner in place of the injured Jacob van Rooyen, with key defender Jake Lever (knee) potentially out for another three or four games, having been sorely missed on Sunday.

Harrison Petty, who missed last Sunday’s win over St Kilda due to an ankle injury, passed a fitness test for the game against the Dockers but managed two possessions that afternoon, the fewest in the game.

Without Lever, the Demons conceded a devastating result of 22.9 (141).

Originally published as ‘Absolute Demolition’ stuns demons as dockworkers riot

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