FREMANTLE has broken through for its first win of the season with a 20-point victory that extended a wasteful Adelaide's miserable start to its 2020 campaign.
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The Dockers led by just one point at three-quarter time but pulled away in the last quarter to record a 8.6 (54) to 4.10 (34) triumph – the first of Justin Longmuir's tenure as senior coach.
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Andrew Brayshaw produced his best performance of the season, racking up 23 disposals, while David Mundy (25 touches, seven clearances) was influential in the second half with Michael Walters (14 touches, two goals), who was held to just one touch in the first quarter.
Walters also provided the match's clear highlight with a stunning grab and goal in the final term.
Adelaide won plenty of the footy in the midfield, dominating the clearance count 24-17. The Crouch brothers shared 51 disposals (25 for Brad, 26 for Matt on his recall to the senior side), while Brodie Smith (18 disposals) gave plenty of drive off half-back.
The Crows' profligacy in front of goal for the first two-and-a-half quarters almost defied belief, with Ben Crocker and Shane McAdam's missed set shots among the worst offenders as they managed one goal from nine attempts.
It took a classy snap from Billy Frampton to break the drought with five minutes remaining in the third term, before Tom Lynch and then McAdam followed suit to level the scores just before the last change.
Both sides remain in Queensland for their round six games. The Dockers host St Kilda at Metricon Stadium while the Crows take on West Coast at the Gabba.
Bad kicking is bad footy
The last thing Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks needed from his winless side was a near-complete loss of confidence in front of goal, but you don't always get what you want (or need). Had the Crows even halved their opportunities in the first half, they'd have led at the main break and it would have been a totally different contest. The positive is that Adelaide moved the ball more fluidly and generated the shots in the first place but it will be scant consolation after a fifth successive defeat.
Never-say-die Sonny takes to the sky
After being restricted to just one possession in the first quarter and committing some uncharacteristic decision-making errors in the first half, Michael Walters could easily have decided it just wasn't his day. Instead, he persisted despite the close attention of Crow Ben Keays and worked his way into the game. Walters proceeded to deliver the game's best moment, a soaring hanger early in the final term that gave the contest some much-needed polish and capitalised with the set-shot goal to give Freo breathing space.
Another for the dangerous tackle files
Crow Lachlan Murphy's huge tackle on Docker Adam Cerra in the dying stages of the match is another one for the intent v impact debate. Murphy wrapped up Cerra while the Docker was in mid-air, turned him and slammed him back-first into the turf. The umpire immediately blew for a dangerous tackle, to Murphy's dismay. Cerra was unhurt and played on, but the Match Review department's changed guidelines could mean the incident will be further scrutinised on Monday.
ADELAIDE 0.3 1.6 4.8 4.10 (34)
FREMANTLE 3.0 4.1 5.3 8.6 (54)
Adelaide: Poholke, Frampton, Lynch, McAdam,
Fremantle: Lobb 2, Walters 2, Tucker 2, Sturt, Taberner
Adelaide: Smith, M.Crouch, B.Crouch, Laird
Fremantle: Brayshaw, Mundy, Tucker, Aish, Cerra
Fremantle: Conca (left hamstring), Colyer (illness) replaced in selected side by Duman