It was like the Western Derby on the weekend was split into two entirely different games.
The first half was the type of game we have come to expect in Western Derbies. It was hard, tough, physical, virtually impossible to score and neither team looked dominant over the other. The result was a tied game at half time and it looked like this game was going to be another of those massively close, edge of your seat games.
But in the second half, there was only one team running around on the field. The Eagles had come out all guns blaring while the Dockers were seemingly still in the rooms. I do not think a Fremantle player touched the ball in the third quarter that’s how rampant the Eagles were, running rings around their opponents. The third quarter is the premiership quarter, and to finish the quarter having only added one point to your half time total spoke volumes about how impossible it was for the Dockers to get anywhere near the ball, let alone score.
In the end, the Eagles produced a comprehensive walloping while the Dockers produced their lowest ever score at home. The result shows exactly how far apart both teams are in terms of playing class. The Eagles are well drilled under John Worsfold and riding on a huge wave of success from the past two seasons, despite a number of injuries to key players. The Dockers are still coming to grips with a new game plan under a new coach, and it will take the better part of this season for them to come to grips with that. Unless they fix their goal kicking problems though, it is going to be a very long season for the team.
What I Liked About the Game
-Matt Rosa: Probably single handedly demolished the Dockers for the entire game. I got dizzy watching the Dockers swap opponent onto opponent on him, only for him to smash them all. Finishing with 43 possessions, he was a deserved winner of the medal.
-Josh Hill: Has continued his recent form in front of goal, kicking three goals in a game where, despite the easy win, the Eagles were wasteful in front of goal. Has fit into the team nicely since his travel over from the Western Bulldogs and looks set to continue his form in coming games.
-Michael Barlow and Michael Johnson: The only two shining lights in an otherwise pretty dismal Fremantle team. Racked up 50 possessions between them and were solid distributors of the ball, yet again. Johnson is fast on his way to a Doig Medal if he continues his cracking form, while Barlow is slowly but surely returning to his damaging, high-possession best.