In most cases, experienced players Fremantle have recruited from other clubs have not improved - they have gone backwards.
Connor Blakely’s absence from Fremantle’s team is due to concerns about the defensive side of his game, according to assistant coach David Hale.
Braden Quartermaine and Craig O'Donoghue
As Longmuir attempts to open his account after a fruitless first four games spread over an extraordinary four months, he can do it in the knowledge that some have done it tougher.
Connor Blakely remains on the outer at Fremantle after the Dockers decided they do not need him to help bolster the midfield in the wake of captain Nat Fyfe’s ham-string injury.
The AFL warned there would be massive changes to round six and seven when government restrictions changed on Monday and they weren’t joking.
Families will be able to attend footy’s comeback game at Optus Stadium this month for $60, with the AFL planning to release cheaper Perth tickets for the Geelong-Collingwood blockbuster.
With the Western Derby now just over a fortnight away, here’s how Dockers members, some Eagles members, and the general public can get tickets for WA footy’s big return.
Sunday’s clash between Fremantle and Adelaide will become an unlikely shop window for the AFL’s dream of pushing into the United States with prime-time spots across a sports-starved America.
A welcome return from injury has forced Brandon Matera out of Fremantle’s side to take on the Adelaide Crows.
All 10 Victorian clubs will evacuate the state after this weekend’s matches to avoid the deepening COVID-19 crisis, forcing the AFL to rewrite the 2020 fixture. See where your team is headed and who they’ll play.
What does the AFL’s fixture overhaul mean for Freo, Queensland, and fans looking forward to embracing the WA hub?
Fremantle has received a Round 6 fixture swap, with the Dockers to take on a red-hot St Kilda in Queensland. SEE THE FULL FIXTURE CHANGES HERE.
Fremantle are set for a major overhaul of their forward line with coach Justin Longmuir preparing to play three talls inside 50 against Adelaide on Sunday.
Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy will make his return from injury on Sunday after being named to face the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium.
Acres is now fit to play but coach Justin Longmuir said it wasn’t realistic to expect him to play against Adelaide after such a long time on the sidelines.
Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir is refusing to panic about the winless start to his coaching career, according to his right-hand man Peter Bell.
The Coach: Even kicking a goal is a problem for Freo because after a major you go back to, yep, gulp, the centre bounce.
Don’t mistake a winless start to the season as a signal Fremantle are on an errant path. Four games into the club’s new era, there are plenty of positive signs.
AFL fixtures boss Travis Auld forecasts “significant change” to the round six fixture amid the spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria.
Paul Hasleby says ex-West Coast captain Shannon Hurn has been “woeful” in 2020 and blames a number of misfiring stars for the Eagles’ dismal start to Queensland hub life.
Catherine Healey and Craig O'Donoghue
The 19-year-old has already displayed a knack of floating back into packs to take important contested marks. But it is his pinpoint left-foot passes that have also become a major weapon.
Longmuir told 7NEWS last night that Acres, Connor Blakely, ruckman Sean Darcy and forward Sam Sturt would all come under strong consideration this weekend.
Collingwood are understood to have booked out the Joondalup Resort to house up to 80 players and staff, while Geelong will be housed at Crown.
Premier Mark McGowan says WA’s border closure won’t be compromised by Perth’s AFL hub as other States abandon plans to reopen to virus-hit Victoria.
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