Coach – Ross Lyon
Points For – 11th
Points Against – 2nd
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Aaron Sandilands
- David Mundy
- Stephen Hill
- Nat Fyfe
- Michael Walters
2015 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Harley Bennell, Darcy Tucker, Harley Balic, Sam Collins, Shane Yarran, Matt Uebergang, Ryan Nyhuis,
Outs – Ryan Crowley, Paul Duffield, Max Duffy, Luke McPharlin, Colin Sylvia, Jacob Ballard, Craig Moller, Thomas Vandeleur
You don’t want to put a line through the minor premier from the year before but Freo is the exception to so many rules. One rule they seem to confirm though it that unless you have quality tall forwards, then you aren’t really involved in September in any serious way.
The forward line is a debacle. Pavlich is running around again almost out of necessity. Been a great player but signs last year weren’t good. The desperation to find a tall forward lead them to try and force the GWS hand with Cam McCarthy which looks like playing out for next year but still leaves them short staffed this year. They have great smalls, Ballantyne and Walters are as good a combination as anywhere except maybe Adelaide. Talk has Fyfe playing as a key forward this year, if this is the case, they may want to work on his set shot, the only real flaw in his game. Bennell should give them a little more spark running through the middle into the forward line if he can keep his head straight
The midfield is good. Fyfe and Mundy are elite and not too far below you have Neale and Hill. They will be expecting more out of Barlow this year who had a shocker last year. They have a fair headstart in having one of the most dominant rucks feeding the ball to them. He is aging though and it will be interesting to see if they start to rest him a little, they have Clark and Griffin as the next rung down but it is a pretty big step down.
The backline lost McPharlin last year. He was a pretty big part of why things worked back there. You don’t want your team to rely on Dawson. As much as you know he will do what you ask, he just isn’t good enough. Alex Pearce looked a player last year and will get some serious minutes this year and Silvagni will play a bit of ball. Will be interesting to see how they structure up. One thing we know is that they will probably find a way to stay tight. Lyon has built his career on it.
So Fremantle are still pretty much the same team as last year. The same team who finished the top of the ladder with the 11th best forward line and failed to make any real impact on the finals series. I can’t see them finishing on top this year but can’t see them falling outside the top four either. So 3-4 for mine. That prediction is made knowing Fyfe played minutes on the weekend. Should his injury mean he misses significant parts of the year then Freo are in a world of pain. He is way too important and they will end up in the bottom rungs of the eight.