A tale of two Dockers
Unfortunately, both the Cincinnati and Fremantle Dockers went down this weekend.
Cincinnati 48-33 against the Louisville Cats then 67-27 to the Kansas City Power in their first 20-minute-a-half tournament of the year, and Fremantle in a vapid performance in attack against Adelaide.
While Freo had some outstanding players in defence (Peter Bell, Byron Schammer, Antoni Grover, Shaun McManus) and the Wiz was good in attack, indecisiveness and simple handling errors from the midfielders hurt the Dockers time and again in crunch situations.
Cincinnati is blooding new players. They were playing a long way from home. And the US league is an amateur one. Their Fremantle counterparts can no longer fall back on such excuses.
FREMANTLE: 9.5 (59)
ADELAIDE: 9.16 (70)
GOALS: Fremantle: Farmer 3, Polak 3, Pavlich 2, M Carr.
Adelaide: Biglands 2, Bode 2, Burton 2, Reilly, Ricciuto, Goodwin
INJURIES: Fremantle: McPharlin (lower back). Adelaide: Perrie (knee)
REPORTS - Burton (Adel) for striking Dodd (Frem)
CROWD - 35,090 at Subiaco Oval, Perth