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GAME DAY: Fremantle V Geelong

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The Geelong Cats have dominated the Fremantle Dockers in the opening round of the season claiming a 42-point win over Fremantle at Domain Stadium on Sunday night. 

All eyes were on the last two Brownlow medallists with Nat Fyfe making his return from injury, going up against the reigning Brownlow medallist in Patrick Dangerfield. 

Fyfe tried to lift his team with his 28-disposals and one goal, but it was no match for Dangerfield’s three goals along with Mitch Duncan’s 30 disposals for Geelong’s 18.7 (115) to 10.13 (73) victory.

Tom Hawkins, Lincoln McCarthy and Steven Motlop also kicked three goals apiece for the visitors while Fremantle had no multiple goal scorers. 

Ed Langdon started the season with a goal but the Cats quickly answered back, as was the trend through out the game. 

Geelong took a 39-point lead into the second half, while Fremantle tried to move players around to suite the game with Michael Walters coming into the midfield. 


Fremantle were graced with too little, too late in the fourth quarter with three unanswered goals, but the Cats were already in charge of the game and there was no turning back. 



The Geelong Cats had a late withdrawal with Zac Smith out of the side and Jackson Thurlow was his replacement.

Luke McPharlin says the three keys to a Fremantle win are: 
Kersten/McCarthy to combine for 4 goals
Sandilands to connect well with mids
Restrict Geelong to under 45 I50s

Glen Jakovich’s three keys to a Geelong win are:
Dangerfield needs support
Pace from stoppages 
Shut down the Hill brothers 

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‘I know we’re better than that, but it’s my job to bring that out of them:’ Ross Lyon says of Fremantle’s loss. 
Listen to the post game press conference here… 

‘We wanted to get stuck into their whole midfield and Fyfe was one of them.’ Mark Blicavs spoke with us after the game. 
Listen to the full interview here… 

‘A bit of fatigue plays into it in round one as well, when we get a bit more match fitness as the season goes you’ll be able to make some better decisions.’ Lee Spurr spoke with 6PR’s commentary team after the game… 

Geelong Cats Assistant Coach, Matt Knights spoke with us before the game and says: ‘I think our defence tonight and our stoppage work is going to be important factors in how the game goes.’
Listen to the full interview here… 

‘We’re and effort based club and we’re looking to bring great effort tonight’
Listen to the full pre game interview with the Dockers Assistant Coach, Anthony Rock…