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Fremantle 2010

Fremantle (updated 23 Mar 2010)

Review (added 27 Jan 2011)

6th (before finals) and 13 wins.  Analysis was reasonable, but far better than most experts who had them bottom four.  The higher rating led to Freo being tipped to win some early matches in 2010.

 

Time poor summary

Freo trimmed their list significantly at the end of 2008 and are now ready to begin a rise up the ladder.  They seem more unified this year and look for approx 9 wins and 10thSee possible R1 team selections at the bottom of this page. 

 

 More detailed Analysis

NAB Cup form needs to be analysed properly.  After disposing of Melbourne comfortably at home in round 1, the Dockers beat North in Melbourne in the second week.  This raised Freo’s profile as the Kangas had disposed of the reigning premiers the week prior.  Then Fremantle had to come back to Melbourne for a second week running (with a 6 day break) and play the Saints.  With such a travel schedule, they were never going to be a chance.  The win against North shows that they are capable of winning maybe a game or two away against bottom eight teams in 2010.  Add to this a few home wins and an improved year lies ahead. 


The admin / coaching area is rumoured to be better this year.  It is noted that Rick Hart has been replaced as Chairman by Steve Harris.  The coaches have also got together and worked things out.  One or both of these events seems to have Freo heading in a better direction.  With the big clean out of players before the 2009 season, many youngsters have been blooded.  And they have the best group of rookies of any team.

Although they are a few years off peaking, they should improve from last year’s lowly position and register 9.2 wins + / – 2 ½ and 10th.

 

Players to buy:  Mature aged rookie Barlow has just been elevated and looks sure to play round one (at a bargain price).  Mayne and Ballantyne are ready to improve but have to overcome niggles to play round 1.

Don’t expect too much from:  Palmer and Thornton start their years late due to injury.  And Solomon, wisely,  has retired.

 

Possible Round 1 team:

Certs

Broughton, Greg

Duffield, Paul

Hasleby, Paul

Hayden, Roger

Headland, Des  *

Hill, Stephen

Ibbotson, Garrick

Johnson, Michael

McPharlin, Luke

Mayne, Chris

Mundy, Davidf

Pavlich, Matthew

Sandilands, Aaron

Schammer, Byron

Tarrant, Chris

* = injuries pre season

 

 

Likely

Bradley, Kepler

Dodd, Steven

McPhee, Adam

Morabito, Anthony

Murphy, Ryan

Suban, Nick

Barlow, Michael (elevated from rookie list)

* = injuries pre season

 

Fringe

Hinkley, Clayton

O’Brien, Brock

Pearce, Clancee

Silvagni, Alex

 

Missing Injured

Ballantyne, Hayden (small chance to play)

Crowley, Ryan

Grover, Antoni

Palmer, Rhys

Thornton, Scott