After fifteen minutes of football in this game, I saw a comment from one of my fellow Mongrels, asking whether anyone had told Fremantle there was a game of football going on.
The Swans looked good moving the ball and despite some wayward disposals, looked to be the more polished of the teams. And then the Dockers started turning the screws.
If you’ve ever seen Seinfeld, I wonder whether you remember when Kramer overheard two blokes talking about a racehorse that loved the slop? It loved the mud. It loved it when things got a little dirty.
That is the Fremantle Dockers.
Not so much the slop and the wet, but when things get a little congested and the game descends into a real battle, you’ve entered Freo’s wheelhouse. They invite you into the contest, ask questions of you, and answer whatever you ask of them. They want to battle in close. They like it messy. They want the scrap.
And if you get into a scrap with Freo, chances are, you’re going to lose.
Sydney learnt that the hard way.
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Oh, what the hell? A Mongrel paywall? Yep, I own this site and believe my work is worth twenty cents per day. If you don’t, that’s fine. Sometimes, I open the reviews up for all after a while and sometimes I don’t. It’s potluck, really. You could join us and access the members’ game reviews, as well as columns like the Wingman of the Year, Recruit of the Year, and other nonsensical stuff HB comes up with each week?