Evergreen Mundy shines in win over Roos
Fremantle veteran David Mundy continued to show that age is no barrier in AFL football, the 35 year old producing another super individual performance in a 51 point win over bottom placed North Melbourne at a crowd-less Optus Stadium on Saturday night.
Mundy had 30 disposals and kicked 3 goals as the Dockers eased to a 14.15 (99) to 6.12 (48) result in a game that struggled to reach great heights, no spectators allowed to attend the match due to a three day lockdown announced by WA premier Mark McGowan on Friday.
Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe was also critical in the win with 34 disposals and four contested marks, while goalsneak Lachie Schultz and spearhead Matt Taberner booted four goals each.
Fyfe's day could have been even better had he been accurate in front of goal, with the two-time Brownlow medallist returning 0.4 to take his season tally to 1.12.
The Dockers suffered a blow in the final quarter when Brennan Cox injured his ankle, with the star defender subbed out of the game.
The result lifted Fremantle (4-2) into sixth spot, while the Kangaroos (0-6) remain anchored to the bottom of the ladder with a percentage of 45.9, their worst start to a season since 1972.
Veteran Jack Ziebell tried hard for the visitors with 37 disposals, but Fremantle simply had too many guns in the midfield, with Mundy, Fyfe, Caleb Serong, and Andrew Brayshaw leading the way.
North Melbourne's Jy Simpkin could be in strife for his roundhouse hit to the ribs of Ethan Hughes in the first quarter.
Hughes had taken the mark at head-height before copping Simpkin's swinging arm, which forced the Fremantle defender from the field for several minutes.
Fremantle's 2021 goalkicking woes were clear to see in the opening quarter.
Fyfe, who booted 0.6 against Hawthorn a fortnight ago, hit the post from a 25m set shot that he decided to snap around his body despite being directly in front.
Michael Frederick, Rory Lobb, and Travis Colyer also missed gettable shots.
Fremantle received a slice of luck when Taberner was awarded a mark a fraction after the quarter-time siren, with the spearhead booting the goal to give the home side an eight-point edge.
The Kangaroos dominated clearances in the first quarter, but Mundy and Fyfe turned the tables in the second as the Dockers piled on four goals in three minutes of game time to take complete control.
Mundy, playing his 338th game of AFL football entered the halftime break with 20 disposals, six clearances, and two goals to his name.
North Melbourne showed more fight early in the third quarter, with a few spotfires breaking out as tempers threatened to boil over.
Nick Larkey's powerful pack mark and goal, and a beautiful soccer goal from ruckman Todd Goldstein closed the margin to 20 points.
Fremantle missed a host of gettable shots, but goals to Schultz and Michael Walters in the final two minutes of the term extended the margin back out to a match-winning 51 points.
The Dockers will play West Coast in Western Derby 52 next Sunday with a decision on crowds dependant on the state government's verdict on the lockdown, while North Melbourne are expected to host Melbourne in Hobart despite fears around the Perth covid outbreak and it's ability to spread.
IMAGE: The Australian.