Fremantle are proving themselves an actual finals contender in 2022, with the Dockers sharing an “eerily similar” trait with reigning premiers Melbourne after 5 rounds.
The Demons and Dockers are at present sitting one and two on the AFL ladder, with Fremantle’s solely lack of the yr coming towards fellow prime 4 contender St Kilda by 10 factors in spherical two.
Under Fremantle’s daring sport model in 2022, the Dockers at present lead the competitors for factors differential from turnovers, at +188 factors after 5 rounds.
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The Dockers lead second-placed Melbourne (+173 factors) and third-placed Brisbane (+73) in an indication Fremantle are “in really good shape” below coach Justin Longmuir.
“This is one of the great indicators of where a team will finish by the end of the year,” Garry Lyon mentioned On The Couch.
“They’re 115 ahead of the third best team – the third best team is Brisbane.”
Lyon mentioned figures confirmed the group with the most effective turnover rating differential at Round 5 has made the preliminary remaining – one thing Fremantle hasn’t performed since 2015.
Fox Footy’s Nick Riewoldt praised the “incredible” turnover footy from the Dockers in 2022.
“Defensively we know they’ve been really sound. They’ve built their game under Justin Longmuir on the defensive side of the game and they’ve started to blend in a little bit more flair with the ball,” Riewoldt mentioned.
“They’re a team that are really happy to take the contest on.
“It’s eerily similar to the way Melbourne go about it.”
While Riewoldt was fast to make clear Fremantle don’t take the competition on as “consistently” or “as well” because the reigning premiers, he was nonetheless impressed with the sport model.
“Their ability to win the footy back and then go – go from in to out to make the field really big,” he mentioned.
“They get to the extremities and they test their opposition with their running power.
“Contrast that to what Melbourne do – they win the footy and then they stretch the field. They are happy to take the contest on.
“The Dockers are playing as close to a Melbourne brand of footy as anyone in the comp at the moment.”