Lions midfielder Dayne Zorko is tackled by Cameron Sutcliffe of the Dockers.
Lions midfielder Dayne Zorko is tackled by Cameron Sutcliffe of the Dockers. Matt Roberts Getty Images

Freemantle Dockers at the double

FREMANTLE put itself in the box seat to finish fourth and earn the double chance in the first week of the finals after thrashing Brisbane by 58 points at the Gabba, 15.16 (106) to 6.12 (48).

With almost identical percentage, the winner of this week's final-round clash between the Dockers and Port Adelaide will almost certainly finish fourth. Beating Port will be an entirely different proposition to taking on the Lions, however.

Already without star midfielders Nat Fyfe (suspended) and Michael Barlow (broken thumb), Freo lost captain Matthew Pavlich with a quad injury in the warm-up.

It mattered little, though, as the Lions were unable to cope with the pressure applied by Ross Lyon's men, with disposals by hand and foot regularly either missing the target or putting teammates under extreme pressure.

Tom Rockliff again got leather poisoning, although only two of his 45 disposals found their way inside the forward 50m arc.

Unsung hero David Mundy was one of Freo's best with 24 possessions and two goals, while the mosquito fleet led by Hayden Ballantyne (19 possessions, 3 goals) and Michael Walters (16 possessions, 3 goals) continually found space. Lions veteran and premiership player Ash McGrath kicked a goal in the last quarter in his 214th and final AFL match.


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