Season 2016 - Fremantle

Fremantle

Coach – Ross Lyon

2015
Points For – 11th
Points Against – 2nd

Top 5 Best and Fairest

1. Aaron Sandilands
2. David Mundy
3. Stephen Hill
4. Nat Fyfe
5. Michael Walters

2015 Rising Star Noms

None

Ins – Harley Bennell, Darcy Tucker, Harley Balic, Sam Collins, Shane Yarran, Matt Uebergang, Ryan Nyhuis,

Outs – Ryan Crowley, Paul Duffield, Max Duffy, Luke McPharlin, Colin Sylvia, Jacob Ballard, Craig Moller, Thomas Vandeleur

My Prediction

You don’t want to put a line through the minor premier from the year before but Freo is the exception to so many rules. One rule they seem to confirm though it that unless you have quality tall forwards, then you aren’t really involved in September in any serious way.

The forward line is a debacle. Pavlich is running around again almost out of necessity. Been a great player but signs last year weren’t good. The desperation to find a tall forward lead them to try and force the GWS hand with Cam McCarthy which looks like playing out for next year but still leaves them short staffed this year. They have great smalls, Ballantyne and Walters are as good a combination as anywhere except maybe Adelaide. Talk has Fyfe playing as a key forward this year, if this is the case, they may want to work on his set shot, the only real flaw in his game. Bennell should give them a little more spark running through the middle into the forward line if he can keep his head straight

The midfield is good. Fyfe and Mundy are elite and not too far below you have Neale and Hill. They will be expecting more out of Barlow this year who had a shocker last year. They have a fair headstart in having one of the most dominant rucks feeding the ball to them. He is aging though and it will be interesting to see if they start to rest him a little, they have Clark and Griffin as the next rung down but it is a pretty big step down.

The backline lost McPharlin last year. He was a pretty big part of why things worked back there. You don’t want your team to rely on Dawson. As much as you know he will do what you ask, he just isn’t good enough. Alex Pearce looked a player last year and will get some serious minutes this year and Silvagni will play a bit of ball. Will be interesting to see how they structure up. One thing we know is that they will probably find a way to stay tight. Lyon has built his career on it.

So Fremantle are still pretty much the same team as last year. The same team who finished the top of the ladder with the 11th best forward line and failed to make any real impact on the finals series. I can’t see them finishing on top this year but can’t see them falling outside the top four either. So 3-4 for mine. That prediction is made knowing Fyfe played minutes on the weekend. Should his injury mean he misses significant parts of the year then Freo are in a world of pain. He is way too important and they will end up in the bottom rungs of the eight.

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Comments

  • Sounds pretty spot on Allblack. Agree that during H&A they will still be a force & probably finish top 4, especially with their fortress at Patersons. Seems this year more than last few they will be relying on a few individuals , depth has diminished.
  • DeckhamDeckham Going down swinging
    3rd place, I reckon. Win 1 final.
  • DellDell Formerly Peeto
    Please dive
  • Not much in or out, few players getting to the end. Would have to be their last ditch at a flag before a small refresh.
  • Stick a fork in freo. They are done
  • IceTempleIceTemple Always Elite
    Yep, wonder if Lyon is looking for an exit strategy? Maybe lining up the Tigers job.
  • Lose next week and start planning for 2017
  • Alan_Noonan_10Alan_Noonan_10 Iconoclast and blasphemer
    edited April 2016
    yaco55 said:

    Lose next week and start planning for 2017

    Zac Dawson to replace Rance?

    Edit: oops...responding to the Lyon to Richmond comment.
  • whats with clubs giving contract extensions mid tenure lately. its like they knew they were gonna be crap this year so they doubled down on their payout
  • Lyon is about 5 classes above Hardwick and Bucks. He actually knows how to coach. Can he rebuild? Probably, but you get the feeling the club will have to make it very clear that's what they expect and take the steps necessary. 2017 is done.
  • chris_64chris_64 2017 : Make Footy Fun Again
    efc1robbo said:

    Stick a fork in freo. They are done

    Who will they take as No 1 draft pick at the end of the year?

  • chris_64 said:

    efc1robbo said:

    Stick a fork in freo. They are done

    Who will they take as No 1 draft pick at the end of the year?

    They'll trade it to Hawthorn for Trent Croad.
  • DiggersDiggers Tank fly boss walk jam nitty-gritty
    IceTemple said:

    Yep, wonder if Lyon is looking for an exit strategy? Maybe lining up the Tigers job.

    He just signed a 5 year extension. Like, just then.
  • brem06brem06 Suboptimal
    They're farked.

    Pavlick is old and buggered, Sandiballs is old and broken again, Cokehead Michael Johnson is old and buggered, Ballantyne is still rubbish, Zac Dawson is rubbish, and all they have going for them is Nat Fyfe's man bun.

    Won't make the 8.
  • brem06 said:

    They're farked.

    Pavlick is old and buggered, Sandiballs is old and broken again, Cokehead Michael Johnson is old and buggered, Ballantyne is still rubbish, Zac Dawson is rubbish, and all they have going for them is Nat Fyfe's man bun.

    Won't make the 8.

    Of their top dozen, about half are over 30 (and unlike Hawks are showing their age)
    Then outside the top dozen the rest of the list isn't (and hasn't been) much chop
  • IceTempleIceTemple Always Elite
    edited April 2016
    They brought Lyon in to win a GF with this list, he almost did it but it failed. Now they have to rebuild and outside of their best, the list is soft and rubbish.
  • DiggersDiggers Tank fly boss walk jam nitty-gritty
    They'll be right once J Hogan and C McCarthy line up for them in 2017. TWIN TOWERS!
  • David J RichardsonDavid J Richardson Relevant Avatar King
    LOL Ross Lyon
  • paddy29paddy29 Mature age rookie
    Just to get off track a tad, but the cynic in me thinks it's a disgrace what's going on with Cam McCarthy, signs a 2 year extension, freo offer crazy $$ then his form drops off and goes back to WA with 'personal issues'.

    P.s I second the lol Ross Lyon, couldn't rebuild a set of duplo. Their screwed
  • brem06brem06 Suboptimal

    LOL Ross Lyon

    I fkg concur with this post.
  • No body knows if Lyon can rebuild it not.

    He has never had to.

    The guy can get a team playing as a unit though, I'll give him that.
  • Unless he turns out to be some stubborn Malthouse-esque c*nt who thinks he can win a flag with bottom 4 talent, I can see Lyon's rebuild being absolutely brutal in a similar vein to Clarkson in the early/mid-2000s at the Dawks
  • Wouldn't be sleeping all week, how to counter Weitering will be keeping him up night after night
  • IceTempleIceTemple Always Elite
    AT77 said:

    Wouldn't be sleeping all week, how to counter Weitering will be keeping him up night after night

    You don't "counter" Weitering...you can't, he is a god.
  • IceTempleIceTemple Always Elite
    Just as an aside, you place out-flankers to the sides as he always kicks side-ways and often misses his target which gives you a chance to pressure the player he kicked to.
  • Darth TajDarth Taj I find your lack of fabric disturbing
    Mark Harvey did the last rebuild at this **** club didn't he? Moved on the Carr wankers and had the likes of Peter Bell, Haselby and co still there
  • Silly BillySilly Billy I'm in the dirty white van outside your house
    Freo have never addressed the major issues in their list that is hurting them now.. Draft or trade for some young Talls at either end.. instead they get mids and flankers..

    Now they have Pavlich in his twilight with no support..

  • rossonerirossoneri #standbynickyd
    You know how players go on one year too many. I reckon pav has done it 3 times
  • FTWinderlichFTWinderlich ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    LOL Ross Lyon
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