Coach – Ross Lyon
Points For – 16th
Points Against – 14th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Lachie Neale
- David Mundy
- Nat Fyfe
- Ed Langdon
- Luke Ryan
2018 Rising Star Noms
Brennan Cox (Round 12)
Adam Cerra (Round 16)
Ins – Travis Colyer, Reece Conca, Rory Lobb, Jesse Hogan, Sam Sturt, Luke Valente, Lachlan Schultz, Tobe Watson
Outs – Michael Apeness, Brady Grey, Michael Johnson, Lachie Neale, Danyle Pearce, Tom Sheridan, Lee Spurr, Luke Strnadica, Cam Sutcliffe
I am probably in the minority by a fair distance here but I really like the way Ross Lyon has done about this rebuild. It has looked clunky at times and they have looked atrocious on the way through but I think they are real close to where they want to be. They have recruited and traded well, if they had kept Neale, I would rate them a chance to make the eight this year.
The backline is probably the main concern for Fremantle at this point of time. They are lacking a real big key position back but with Lyon’s philosophy that may not be an issue. He has his role players back there and he does have talent with Ryan and they recruited well with Wilson having an impact last year for them. They don’t have a lot of depth back there but they defend the field well all over and rarely allow the opposition the chance to deliver the ball well.
The midfield will miss Neale but Fyfe showed signs last year that he is real close to being able to rip the competition to shreds again. Cerra and Brayshaw look golden and the Hill boys along with Colyer will give them line breaking pace on the outside. It isn’t a complete midfield yet and probably needs one more genuine extractor especially with Mundy playing a bigger role up forward but they are building a very handy centreline.
The forwards are hard to beat. For the first time I can remember, they won’t fail based on lack of talent. Lobb and Hogan give them two of the best key forwards going around, they also release Cam McCarthy to be the third tall that he was successful being at GWS. They will stretch a lot of teams and they have Ballantyne, Walters and Matera causing chaos at their feet. A lot is going to depend on the chemistry but its going to be fun to watch.
Sandilands is a hell of a ruckman, I cant believe he is still running around and I think this will be the last we see of him, Darcy looks ready to step up as well if he can keep his body upright. The coach will be under pressure this year and will need good strong early results to stop the news story building. They have a decent list but the youth is always a concern.
I think they will be close to the top eight this year. I think they have traded and recruited well and the improvement from their young players will carry them as well. I would be surprised if they were on the wrong end of too many beatings but if they cop a couple early, then it could be a disaster. I think somewhere between 10th and 12th looks the mark for mine.