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Dockers hammer hapless Pies in AFL

By James Dampney 08/05/2005 07:46:42 PM Comments (0)

Three short weeks after one of the worst efforts in Fremantle history, the Dockers are suddenly a team to fear in the AFL after dismantling a woeful Collingwood at Subiaco Oval.

The oft-maligned port club kicked nine goals to zero in a remarkable opening term, breaking a string of club records enroute to a 28.12 (180) to 10.8 (68) victory.

On their special day, even the Magpies' mothers would struggle to offer solace to a Collingwood side that produced one of its worst efforts in recent memory and finds itself stuck at the foot of the AFL ladder.

It was only three weekends ago Fremantle was vilified following a dismal effort against Richmond at the MCG.

Since then the Dockers have beaten Carlton, earned a rousing victory over Melbourne at the MCG and made it three straight against the Magpies.

It was Fremantle's highest ever score, surpassing the 25.17 (167) recorded against the Kangaroos in 2003.

The 112-point final margin was also the best in Dockers' history, beating the 97-point thrashing of Essendon back in 1997.

Repeatedly criticised for their indirect style, the Dockers appear to have finally broken the shackles and are playing a free-flowing, attractive game.

Vice-captain Matthew Pavlich has been the spark in Fremantle's resurgence and the two-time All-Australian was again in scintillating form.

Pavlich finished with 19 possessions, 10 marks and six goals, while Josh Carr totalled 39 touches in the midfield.

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