What a finish! Jack Newnes seals the game after the siren a-la Robbie Gray in controversial style. Was the down the field kick there? Maybe. Was Newnes the right man to take the kick? Maybe not. Either way, it’s in the book.
Can Carlton Play Finals?
I don’t think so. While the win will do wonders for their confidence in games to come, I don’t think they have the forward power or the cattle to make a tilt at the eight.
They probably need 4-5 more wins to earn the spot and with games to come against the Suns, Pies, Giants, Swans, Crows and the Lions; I think at best they come away with 2-3 more wins. They’re certainly arriving though.
How the Game Was Won
It was a dour affair for the most part, made even more so by some wintery wet conditions in Perth at the moment. The Dockers lead the game from about the four minute mark in the first until the final siren when Newnes delivered the fatal blow.
It was basically a war of attrition, with neither side having extended periods of domination. Fremantle were errant in front of goals which would prove costly at the finish.
Stat-wise the teams were evenly matched, apart from Fremantle’s ascendancy in contested marks (10-3) and Carlton having more of the pill (291-279).
Ed Curnow was prolific for the Blues with 33 disposals, nine clearances and Luke Ryan was valiant down back for Fremantle with 24 disposals and five marks
What the Coaches Said
Justin Longmuir was grilled mainly about the controversial finish:
“I was really proud of our effort, we got a bad beat and that’s what footy does to you. It dishes up some bad results sometimes and asks a lot of questions about our resilience and we’re going to have to get up from this. It was a bad beat”
“What’s done is done. The game is done. The result is done. I think they did a pretty good job of giving the right player the ball, I would have been asking our players to do exactly the same thing in the same situation so the result’s done, it’s in the book and we’ve just got to move on and take the lessons.”
David Teague refused to be drawn into the controversy. “Yeah, look, the umpires adjudicate. I’m staying out of the umpiring comments after last week. The umpires did what they did. Look, I’m not sure. I wasn’t even sure what the free kick was paid for”
“It [the win] was great. The boys tried really hard. We had opportunities earlier and we couldn’t finish our work.
“In the end, to kick it like that, a little bit lucky in a sense, but I thought we had some opportunities earlier. We started to win the contest. Yeah, we just didn’t finish our work earlier in the game.”
On the man with ice in his veins, Jack Newnes – “He [Newnes] is a straight kick, which is good when it is wet and slippery. Having said that, there is nothing you can do. I sat there and enjoyed it. Either way, yeah, it’s funny, that kick changes four points for our football club and we came here expecting to win.
FREMANTLE 3.2 4.3 5.4 5.6 (36)
CARLTON 0.1 2.3 4.8 5.10 (40)
Fremantle: Taberner 3, Frederick, Lobb
Carlton: Casboult, Cottrell, Walsh, McKay, Newnes
Fremantle: Ryan, Fyfe, Taberner, Cerra, Brayshaw, Mundy
Carlton: Curnow, Cripps, Walsh, Docherty, Murphy, Setterfield