Dockers fall to Pies in wet
Fremantle has slumped to a second straight defeat, beaten by 36 points by a resurgent Collingwood at Optus Stadium.
In wet conditions it was the Magpies who adjusted the better, young forward Ollie Henry booting four second half majors to help his team to a 12.8 (80) to 6.4 (44) triumph in front of 35,534 fans.
Heavy afternoon rain meant Fremantle were faced with similar conditions to their round nine clash with the Gold Coast, where they suffered a 36 point loss and failed to kick a goal for more than an hour of football.
The Pies struck first blood through WA born big man Darcy Cameron, but Rory Lobb responded up the other end for the Dockers in a hard fought start to the contest.
Scores were level at quarter time at 2.2 apiece, Will Brodie having 11 disposals and 6 clearances in a brilliant start for Fremantle while Jack Crisp and Patrick Lipinski were involved early for the Pies.
Despite the rain Brody Mihocek was hitting the scoreboard for Collingwood, scrounging two goals off the ground in the goal square either side of the quarter time.
Jack Ginnivan was also looking dangerous inside forward 50 as he snapped truly from the pocket, the Pies losing big man Mason Cox to a finger injury early in the second term to leave them with only one recognised ruckman.
A 17 point half time lead in tough conditions gave the visitors some breathing space, Brodie breaking the Dockers goal scoring drought with an accurate snap at the start of the third term having again gone goalless in the second.
Collingwood had all the answers though, their defensive tackling pressure across the ground a hallmark as Fremantle struggled to find any fluency in ball movement.
Henry, who was substituted in to the game for Cox in the second term ended up being the star of the afternoon for Collingwood, kicking four majors in a breakout game as the visitors ran away with it in the final term despite Michael Walters' goal in the opening minute of the final term that reduced the margin to 16 points.
Henry's career high haul was complemented by Ginnivan, Mihocek and Will Hoskin-Elliott who each kicked two goals, Craig McCrae's side registering their first win since Anzac Day in round six.
Crisp (28 disposals, eight clearances and seven inside 50s) was immense, with support from Taylor Adams (20 and eight tackles) and Patrick Lipinski (29 and six clearances).
Collingwood also win the tackle count 88-61, a sign of their desperation at the contest all afternoon.
Brodie was Fremantle's best with 36 disposals, while veteran David Mundy tried hard with 34 disposals and a goal, the home side without a multiple goalkicker.
After consecutive losses, Dockers coach Justin Longmuir said his side was in need of a response after two losses in the wet.
"It gives us a reality check. We were riding high and everyone was getting way ahead of themselves. If you do that in footy it gives you a reality check and we’ve gotten that. If you’re off in any way you get what you deserve," he said.
"We’ll continue to educate our players on what we want in the wet. You can get the wet balls out and dump them in soap but it’s pretty hard to replicate a game when they dry out over here."
It doesn't promise to get any easier for Fremantle, who face reigning premiers Melbourne off a six day break at the MCG next Saturday while Collingwood will clash with arch rivals Carlton at the same venue the following day.
IMAGE: Perth Now.