Dockers deliver the season-opener in Canberra


Brandon Matera scored four goals against the Giants - AFL, GWS Giants, Fremantle Dockers, Tag-Match Report

Brandon Matera scored four goals against the Giants

FREMANTLE surprised Greater Western Sydney at the turn of the season, taking the Giants' nine-game winning streak in Canberra with a 24-point win Saturday.

Both teams fought for efficiency on foot, despite the perfect conditions that made it difficult to watch at times, but despite getting four points in three quarters, the Dockers hit six consecutive goals to play 16.10 (106) against 11 , 16 (82) winners.

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GWS decided not to use Matt de Boer's tagger on Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe and again haunted the home team after he finished the day with 31 innings and 13 innings in an inspiring performance.

Michael Walters (25 play-offs and three goals) was also a damaging Docker in the midfield, while strikers Brandon Matera (four goals), Matt Taberner (three) and Jesse Hogan (three) gave the Giants defense throughout the afternoon.

The Giants looked lethargic after their big win at Geelong last week, with Stephen Coniglio (37 touches), Josh Kelly (29) and Lachie Whitfield (25) being their top ball winners.

Despite a quiet day, Jeremy Cameron scored four goals while Jeremy Finlayson added three.

The only concern for the Dockers was an incident behind the play that saw young Taylin Duman in confrontation with Lachie Whitfield in the third quarter, which Match Review official Michael Christian will certainly investigate.

The Giants opted to start the game with De Boer in the wing opposite the Bradley Hill racing machine, and former Docker Limited Hill only had nine starts in the first half but that gave Fyfe the freedom to do his best work around soccer.

The Brownlow medalist dominated the bout, winning six of the center's 12 defenses from Fremantle alone, and repeatedly gave visitors a chance to get around the bickering.

With the cleanest front inning, Dockers' attackers took the advantage with Hogan (14 points) and Taberner (13) into the air, although the latter finished (3.3) in front of the goalkeeper.

Giants coach Leon Cameron will be looking for answers after the uninspiring performance and disappearance of the last term.

Greater Western Sydney: Team captain Phil Davis suffered a fractured nose and rolled his left ankle late in the game and could be left out, while Adam Kennedy received a tight thigh in the first half but eventually played the game.
Fremantle: The only concern for the visitors came late with a left leg injury for the late inclusion of Brennan Cox.

The fit Giants face rival Sydney rival SCG on Saturday night, while the Dockers host the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium later that night.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 3.6 7.9 10.13 11.16 (82)
FREMANTLE 4.4 8.7 10.9 16.10 (106)

Greater Western Sydney: Cameron 4, Finlayson 3, Daniels, Himmelberg, Coniglio, Buntine
Fremantle: Matera 4, Taberner 3, Walters 3, Hogan 3, Switkowski, Colyer, Lobb

Greater Western Sydney: Coniglio, Whitfield, Kelly, Reid, Williams
Fremantle: Fyfe, Walters, Langdon, Matera, Fabrics, Hogan, Mundy

Greater Western Sydney: Davis (broken nose, left ankle), Kennedy (corked thigh)
Fremantle: Cam McCarthy (disease) replaced on the side selected by Brennan Cox, Cox (left leg)

Reports: Anything

Referees: Nicholls, Hosking, Glouftsis

Crowd: 11,277 at UNSW Canberra Oval


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