Caleb Serong kicks STUNNING goal of the season contender from the boundary line as Dockers survive mighty scare to win nine-point THRILLER against Port
- Fremantle defeated Port Adelaide 15.9 (99) to 14.7 (91) at Optus Stadium
- Dockers led by as much as 40 points before Power came roaring back
- Caleb Serong kicked a superb goal from the tightest angle in the second half
- Rory Lobb booted a career-best five goals for the Dockers in the win
Caleb Serong produced a contender for goal of the season as Fremantle edged past Port Adelaide 15.9 (99) to 14.7 (91) in a thrilling encounter on Sunday.
With the Dockers leading by 19 points late in the second quarter, Serong pounced on a loose ball from a stoppage and, without breaking stride launched a long-kick from the tightest of angles.
Despite being on the verge of running out of bounds and having kicked it off his non-preferred left foot, the Fremantle’s young gun did enough to get the Sherrin through the posts.
Caleb Serong kicked a goal of the season contender as the Dockers beat Port on Sunday
In a game that featured some outstanding goalkicking and produced at least four goal of the season contenders, Fox Footy commentator Adam Papalia described Serong’s six-pointer as a ‘ridiculous, remarkable’ effort.
Serong’s stunning finish put the Dockers up by 25 at halftime and Fremantle led by as many as 40 points, before Port stormed their way back with five goals either side of three-quarter time to reduce the margin to single digits.
But in the dying minutes, the Power’s Robbie Gray and Todd Marshall each failed to convert straightforward set shots and the Dockers held to consolidate their spot in the AFL’s top-four.
The win, inspired by Rory Lobb’s career-high five goals, puts Fremantle a game clear in fourth position and one win shy of ladder-leaders Melbourne.
The Dockers young gun booted a superb effort from close to the boundary line late in the second half to put Fremantle 25 points ahead
But it may come at a cost with injury-prone key forward Matt Taberner (two goals) substituted out with a hamstring concern in the final term.
Taberner has managed just eight games this season after being sidelined with hamstring and back issues.
A crowd of 41,326 enjoyed no shortage of highlights before the blockbuster finish.
Fremantle rising star Hayden Young had the Dockers faithful on their feet when he sat on the head of a hapless Lachie Jones and pulled down a remarkable grab in the second quarter.
Ryan Lobb kicked a career-high five goals as the Dockers won 15.9 (99) to 14.7 (91)
Fremantle consolidated a top-four spot and are one win shy of ladder-leaders Melbourne
While Port sit in 12th position with their final hopes dwindling after a narrow loss
Power young gun Mitch Georgiades delivered his own mark-of-the-year contender late in the third term when he soared above the 195cm Brennan Cox.
But it was Fremantle’s Brownlow Medal hopeful Andrew Brayshaw who delivered arguably the key moment, his sensational rundown tackle on Jeremy Finlayson setting up a Lachie Shultz goal which curbed Port’s late-game run.
‘He had a couple of massive contests in the last quarter. He just never gives up,’ Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir said of Brayshaw.
‘We needed a big effort […] it looked like it was going to be a certain goal and we managed to turn the ball over and we got a good look back the other way.”
Brownlow Medal hopeful Andrew Brayshaw finished with 27 touches and one goal
While Ollie Wines racked up a game-high 39 disposals for the Power at Optus Stadium
Brayshaw led a midfield which responded strongly after being soundly beaten in last week’s 31-point loss to Carlton.
With dual Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe playing a half-forward role, Brayshaw combined with Serong, Will Brodie and ruckman Sean Darcy to ensure Fremantle dominated the clearances.
Outside runners James Aish and Jordan Clark were also important while 207cm spearhead Lobb feasted on Fremantle’s forward forays.
Mitch Georgiades (No 19) took an absolute stunning mark for the Power in a tight contest
Lobb, off contract next year and linked to a possible move to the east coast after a failed trade bid last season, slotted three of his five goals in the opening 10 minutes of the third quarter.
Ollie Wines (39 disposals) and Travis Boak (32) led Port’s midfield resurgence while Charlie Dixon kicked back-to-back majors in the final term after earlier being held goalless.
The Power, who host GWS next week, sit in 12th position with their final hopes dwindling.
Port coach Ken Hinkley acknowledged his side’s fightback came far too late in the game
Coach Ken Hinkley was proud of his side’s fightback but acknowledged it came far too late.
‘We nearly could have won, couldn’t we, if you look at the game and look at the shots that we had and the chances we didn’t execute in the end,’ he said.
‘But when you put yourself that far behind, you probably don’t deserve to win.’