Dockers too much for Blues in the west

Fremantle 13.12 (90) d Carlton  5.13 (43)

Perth: James Aish and Blake Acres have clearly enjoyed the short time they have spent in the West. The pair’s impressive start with Fremantle continued into the Marsh Community Series against a disappointing Carlton on Saturday.

They were key figures in the Dockers’ strong start and 13.12 (90) to 5.13 (43) win over the Blues at David Grays Arena in Mandurah.

The Dockers showcased a game plan centred around short passing and marking, then kicking long to an open forward line. They took 46 more marks than the Blues.

Carlton’s Darcy Lang dives for the ball under pressure from Fremantle recruit James Aish.Credit:AAP

Aish, who played in Collingwood’s preliminary final loss last season, set the tone early. He had 13 touches in the first half, eight of them contested. With Nat Fyfe missing, he also took control of stoppages, with five clearances for the half and six for the game.

He was swung to half-back late in the game as Justin Longmuir starting swinging his players around.

Former Saint Acres was a cog in the move of Bradley Hill and didn’t look too bad in the No.9 jumper and in that spot on the wing.He led all-comers with 18 possessions in the opening half and finished with 31.

Of the youngsters, Caleb Serong, with 14 touches, continues to push for a round-one debut. Not many Blues seemed to have round one yet in their sites, though.Rising Star Sam Walsh picked up where he left off in 2019, collecting 28 touches.

Former Gold Coast Sun Jack Martin impressed in his first game. He played only the first half, kicked his side’s first goal and had nine touches and five tackles.

With Charlie Curnow, Harry McKay and Mitch McGovern missing though, the Blues didn’t look great in attack. At the other end, Lachie Schultz made the most of his chances, kicking four goals. Rory Lobb looks set for a big season after filling his stats sheet in the second half.

Despite the result, Carlton would leave WA reasonably happy after co-captain Sam Docherty made a successful return after two seasons on the sidelines due to two knee reconstructions.


FREMANTLE 3.3 6.7 8.8 13.12 (90)
CARLTON 1.2 3.4 5.7 5.13 (43)
GOALS – Fremantle:
Schultz 4, Banfield 2, Cerra, McCarthy, Dixon, Aish, Lobb, Sturt, Colyer.
Carlton: Lang, Curnow, Martin, Casboult, De Koning.
BEST – Fremantle: Lobb, Aish, Acres, Schultz, Logue, Brayshaw.
Carlton: Walsh, Fisher, Simpson, Martin, Gibbons, Docherty.
CROWD – 5127 at Rushton Park.

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