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Shaky Dockers get the points against plucky Blues

Highlights: Fremantle v Carlton The Dockers and Blues clash in round 16
Hayden Ballantyne tried to pump himself and the Dockers into form before being subbed out of the game - ${keywords}
Hayden Ballantyne tried to pump himself and the Dockers into form before being subbed out of the game

AN EQUAL career-best four-goal haul from Chris Mayne has helped Fremantle to a comfortable 42-point win over Carlton at Domain Stadium.

The Dockers kicked their highest score since round eight and held the Blues scoreless in the last quarter, to win 13.17 (95) to 8.5 (53).

The home side could have cracked the sought-after 100-point mark for the seventh time this year but they kicked 2.9 in the final term after a downpour at three-quarter time made conditions very slippery.

"I thought we took a step forward," Ross Lyon said post-match.

"We were pretty aggressive with our run and our use.

"We really ended up right on top, and 2.9 in the last and 20 entries - so there was a bit to like. We started to do some things better in the second half and lived in our front half. That's what we were after a bit more."

Blues coach John Barker said his young side was overrun after they were within 21 points at the last change.

"I think we had some really good effort for three quarters and then we were just overwhelmed in the end," Barker said.

"We have 11 players who have played less than 50 games, so in terms of experience, that probably weighed in the end.

"Our skill level was shown out … especially in the last quarter when it got a little bit wet."

Five talking points: Fremantle v Carlton

One sour note for the Dockers was a right shoulder injury to Hayden Ballantyne. He suffered the injury laying a tackle in the first term and returned to play with it strapped in the second quarter but was subbed at half-time.

"They'll scan him Monday I think," Lyon said. 

"He's pretty sore.

"The doctors said he could keep playing and he wanted to keep playing but sometimes you've got to look after them and that's the decision I made - to look after him."

It was the sixth time Mayne has bagged four goals in his career and the second time this year. He had a chance to kick his fifth in the final term but narrowly missed to the left.

Lachie Neale and David Mundy both had 30 plus possessions, and Stephen Hill's ball-use off half-back was a class above throughout the night. Matthew Pavlich could have collected a big bag but he finished with 2.5.

Michael Walters entered the highlights reel with one of the marks of the season on Lachie Henderson's shoulders in the last quarter.



The Blues worked hard throughout the night but were steamrolled in the last quarter.

Sam Docherty, Marc Murphy, Ed Curnow and Patrick Cripps all had 10 or more contested possessions, while Simon White did an excellent holding job on Nat Fyfe, keeping the Brownlow favourite to 23 possessions while kicking a goal himself. Tom Bell kicked two goals including a stunner from the boundary.

Carlton jumped the Dockers early kicking the first two goals, but the home side steadied through two early goals to Pavlich.

The Dockers were dominant at the clearances. They won 11 to five for the quarter with Sandilands delivering seven centre hit-outs for six centre clearances.

Mundy gathered 11 disposals for the term and kicked a goal.

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The Dockers missed some opportunities in the second term and left the door open for the Blues to stay in touch.

Sam Docherty's goal from a stoppage in the shadows of half-time kept the Blues within 15 points at the long break.

The Blues won the clearances 13 to nine in a third term that became increasingly dour the longer it went.

Mayne kicked two goals for the quarter, including a volley out of mid-air.


The rain fell relentlessly at three-quarter time and the Dockers sent a torrent of football inside 50 in the last quarter, but could not quite finish.

Fremantle remains a game clear on top of the ladder ahead of a trip to the MCG to face Richmond next Saturday.

The Blues face the mighty task of tackling a red-hot Hawthorn on Friday night.

 Chris Mayne and Michael Walters both added some magic to the match. Picture: AFL Media

FREMANTLE 6.2  8.6  11.8  13.17 (95)
CARLTON     3.2  6.3   8.5    8.5 (53)

GOALS
Fremantle: Mayne 4, Pavlich 2, Ballantyne, Griffin, Mundy, D Pearce, Hill, Sandilands, Walters.
Carlton: Bell 2, Menzel, Everitt, Tuohy, Tutt, Docherty, White

BEST
Fremantle: Mundy, Mayne, Hill, Neale, Ibbotson, Spurr.
Carlton: Docherty, White, Murphy, Buckley, Curnow, Bell.

INJURIES
Fremantle: Ballantyne (shoulder)
Carlton: Menzel (corked quad) 

SUBSTITUTES
Fremantle: Hayden Crozier replaced Hayden Ballantyne at half-time.
Carlton: Brad Walsh replaced Troy Menzel in the third quarter

Reports: TBC

Umpires: Kamolins, Farmer, Dalgleish

Official crowd: 33, 581 at Domain Stadium