Fremantle report cardPosted: September 12, 2011
Won 9, Draw 0, Lost 13: Finished 11th
FINDS OF 2011
Nat Fyfe, Tendai Mzungu, Alex Silvagni, Nick Lower, Zac Clarke, Peter Faulks
Jonathon Griffin, Michael Johnson, Ryan Crowley, Chris Mayne
Roger Hayden (retired), Byron Schammer (retired), Clayton Hinkley (delisted), Joel Houghton (delisted), Tim Ruffles (delisted), Ben Bucovaz (delisted), Hamish Shepheard (delisted)
WHAT THEY NEED
With its full list up and running, the midfield is not a concern for Fremantle, but there are definite holes in the forward line. The club needs a key forward with presence to stand alongside captain Matthew Pavlich, who will presumably spend more time in attack next year. The club has also identified a small lockdown defender and quick half-back players as priorities following Roger Hayden’s retirement.
Fremantle’s year could well have been over before it began with several players reduced to poor, injury-interrupted pre-seasons. David Mundy, Michael Barlow, Roger Hayden, Garrick Ibbotson, Adam McPhee, Anthony Morabito and Tendai Mzungu were all out of action over summer. The Dockers fought bravely through the middle part of the season but the final blow appeared to be the serious ankle to injury to David Mundy and Aaron Sandilands’s turf toe. There are real worries about the backline with both Luke McPharlin and Antoni Grover starting 2012 on the wrong side of 30. Matthew Pavlich isn’t getting any younger, either, and can’t be expected to carry the load he has done for the past decade. Chris Mayne is one who has disappointed, Stephen Hill has struggled in the second half of the year, and Michael Johnson is reflective of Fremantle’s struggle for consistency. Former Sydney defender Peter Faulks is a great talent who should join another impressive tall in Alex Silvagni in the back half next season. Nathan Fyfe is going to be a very good player after a breakout season and athletic ruckman Zac Clarke has improved, while former Port Adelaide utility Nick Lower made the most of his second chance in the west. Ross Lyon takes over from the sacked Mark Harvey in 2012 as he attempts to lead the Dockers back into September.
TOMORROW: WESTERN BULLDOGS