Two-time Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe has been amongst 4 Fremantle stars to succumb to harm in the course of the group’s 28-point AFL loss to the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium.
In a devastating three-minute interval within the fourth quarter of Sunday’s match, Fremantle misplaced Fyfe (dislocated shoulder), defender Brennan Cox (hamstring), and ruckman Sean Darcy (hamstring).
Defender Griffin Logue (concussion) had already been subbed out following a sickening third-quarter collision with Aaron Naughton.
Fyfe appeared to dislocate his reconstructed proper shoulder in a heavy collision, whereas Cox may barely stroll after tearing his proper hamstring.
Darcy’s personal proper hamstring harm wasn’t as severe, however the Dockers will now should dig deep into their reserves to switch 4 of their most essential gamers.
The Western Bulldogs led by 14 factors on the time of Fremantle’s triple harm blow within the last quarter, they usually went on to safe the 13.15 (93) to 9.11 (65) in entrance of a crowd of 32,875.
The Bulldogs had been left with an harm concern of their very own after ruckman Stefan Martin was subbed out at halftime with a left shoulder problem.
Star Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli was essential within the win with 27 disposals, seven clearances and two booming objectives, whereas Jack Macrae racked up 35 disposals.
Naughton snared 13 marks, together with 5 contested, in an outstanding aerial effort.
However his goalkicking let him down badly and he completed with 1.5.
Rookie Dockers ahead Josh Treacy booted three objectives in a breakout sport, whereas David Mundy tallied 30 disposals and eight clearances.
Dockers defender Nathan Wilson could possibly be in strife after purposely putting Cody Weightman within the groin after freely giving a free kick.
Fremantle suffered a pre-match blow when spearhead Matt Taberner was a late withdrawal after failing to get better from an ankle harm.
Bontempelli was on hearth early because the Bulldogs registered 5 scores from their first 5 inside 50m entries.
Alarm bells had been ringing for Fremantle when Bontempelli launched one from exterior 50m to stretch the result in 22 factors halfway by means of the second time period.
Dockers ahead Liam Henry hit again with a contact of brilliance, dribbling the ball ahead earlier than scooping down and shaking off a Caleb Daniel sort out to snap really.
The margin was simply 11 factors when Henry scampered to maintain the ball from going out in a bit of play that led to a Treacy objective.
But it surely was Bontempelli who stepped as much as the plate but once more, roosting one other one from exterior 50m to present the Bulldogs a 16-point lead at half-time.
Treacy despatched the house followers wild when he ran down Hayden Crozier on the stroke of three-quarter time after which kicked really after the siren to scale back the margin again to eight factors.
But it surely all went downhill for the Dockers from there as Fyfe, Darcy, and Cox had been all struck down inside minutes of one another early within the last time period.
The harm carnage left Fremantle with only one match man on the bench, and the Bulldogs had been by no means troubled from that time.