The Fremantle Dockers surprised North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, winning 132-79 and securing a spot in the 2012 finals series.
Playing without captain Matthew Pavlich, a late withdrawal when it was learnt yesterday Carlton would not be contesting for the eighth and final finals spot, Fremantle launched into attack mode from the onset- something they haven’t been exactly known for under coach Ross Lyon.
The Dockers looked pretty convincing early with some impressive running until North fought their way back into the game in the second quarter. The Roos hit the front early in the third thanks to a quick three goals, but they didn’t stay there long. Fremantle would kick five goals in the quarter before piling on nine in a blowout fourth quarter.
Aaron Sandilands dominated the ruck in his second game back from injury. After crushing Ivan Maric last week, Todd Goldstein got the business Sunday. Midfielders Nat Fyfe and Stephen Hill were busy while small forwards Ballantyne and Walters proved lethal in front of goals with four each.
In other matches Geelong trounced the Western Bulldogs 107-73. Tom Hawkins continues to grow as a full forward and booted four in this one while Corey, Chapman and Taylor eached booted multiples.
The Cats rested Joel Selwood, Matthew Scarlett and Taylor Hunt, but still had no problems with the lowly Dogs.
Adelaide had a field day against the Demons, winning 150-81. Taylor Walker booted four, as did Callinan, while Tippett and Dangerfield also bagged three each.
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