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Dockers lift anchor early in 2020

Fremantle have started Justin Longmuir's senior coaching campaign on a high saluting against Carlton in Mandurah by 47-points.


Lachie Shultz kicked four goals and Bailey Banfield booted two in the 14.13.97 to 5.13.43 victory.


The trade period looks set to pay off for the Dockers with James Aish and Blake Acres having immediate impact.


Aish had 24 possessions and six clearances in the first half while Acres had a team high 31 possessions, six clearances and six inside 50s.


Coach Longmuir believed it was a good starting point for the group.


"Like I said to the players after the game, it's all about taking a step forward for round one and that's all it was," Longmuir said.


"I liked our structure in offence, I thought our defenders got in the shape we're after, and our players just backed themselves with the footy.


"It's clearly one game, and we're not going to get too far ahead of ourselves, but I liked what we dished up."


Fremantle face the Eagles next Saturday in a pre-season derby.


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