Practice Match Review: Fremantle Vs Port Adelaide

Fremantle and Port Adelaide battled it out at Fremantle Oval on Thursday night in conditions which had sunshine, rain, and the Fremantle Doctor pumping out some serious wind. As always, these factors need to be considered when trying to draw conclusions from players scores.

Andrew Brayshaw

Brayshaw continued where finished last season and looked phenomenal. He had a great build throughout the game and with Fremantle keeping their tight midfield mix he will continue to score. Just an outright jet of a player and certainly one to consider for your round 1 teams.

Caleb Serong

Another staple of the midfield mix, Serong was another who impressed me. However, he couldn’t find as much space as his counterpart during the game. He could be one who jumps out of the gate early with the relatively easy start the Dockers have in 2023, but the competition at his price point is there.

Sean Darcy

No Jackson, no worries. Darcy looks leaner and fitter as he worked the Port Adelaide ruckmen around the ground with 38 hit-outs. Most impressively, he had 8 tackles and 4 marks. If he continues to put up similar numbers to these with Jackson in the team, he could be a sneaky premium Ruck option.

Hayden Young

For those who were unimpressed by Young last week, the game this week didn’t do much to alleviate those concerns. Young struggled to get much ball expect for in the 3rd where he got a lot more involved. I don’t have as much concerns as others though and believe this is just a blip based on conditions, matchups, and team structure. Still one to strongly consider for starting squads.

Nat Fyfe

Fyfe played out of the goal square for the majority of the game and didn’t look out of place. He kicked a goal in each of the first three quarters and showed his aerial abilities. You could do worse for a cheap option in SuperCoach and Dream Team, but there is no midfield time there for him in 2023 unless an injury occurs to one of the core four.

Liam Henry

With wing spots vacant for Fremantle, Henry put his hand up to be in the frame for a round 1 spot. His hard work impressed me as he ran on the outside wing, dropping right back when the ball was switched. Fremantle wings have scored decently in the past so I wouldn’t be crossing his name off quite yet.

Sam Sturt

Another 200k FWD rookie who could see regular games. Sturt has only played 4 games since being picked in the 2018 draft for the Dockers, but could be a sneaky bench option for us. Worked into the game well as a hybrid forward.

Connor Rozee

High TOG, High CBAs, High Scoring. The game from Rozee is what you want to see from someone you hope to break into the top echelon of forwards in fantasy. He showed he deserves to be in the conversation with the other big forwards for 2023.

Zac Butters

Butters was one who struggled to get involved for the Power. He was thrown around the ground quite a lot and didn’t get the CBA mix that you would have hoped for if you were eager to start him. Perhaps eased into the game after his AC joint setbacks last week. He probably fits in as one to monitor as an upgrade candidate through the season.

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Scott Lycett

Port Adelaide were outright bullied in the Ruck through the game and Lycett struggled to perform aside from the last quarter. One to monitor with the continued struggles we are having to pick a second ruck, but alarm bells are certainly there.

Jason Horne-Francis

Impossible to miss with his high socks, Horne-Francis was also used substantially through the Power’s midfield mix and had flashes of quality. No doubts that he will be a premium at some point in the future, but is 2023 the year that happens?