Fast Freo wants to make Marvel a hunting ground
With a plan that emphasizes fast and bold play, striker Michael Frederick hopes Fremantle will make Marvel Stadium a home away from home in 2022.
Fremantle ended a 12-year winless run against Essendon at the Docklands ground on Sunday with a resounding 48-point win in their first of five games there this season.
Freo will next play at Marvel Stadium in round 15 against Carlton, the first of four consecutive away games at the venue against St Kilda in round 17, Richmond in round 19 and the Western Bulldogs in round 21.
Frederick believes the indoor venue lends itself to the quick and fluid football Fremantle have shown in their four wins so far this season.
“We are confident in our form, changing angles and using the fast open side of the bearing. We knew if we prepared really well, we would have a lot of opportunities the other way,” said Frederick.
“We defend very well here, we talked about it before the game and how we defend the pitch.
“It suits us to play here, so I’m looking forward to the next game we have here.”
After losing all but a third term in 2022 before the game, Frederick credited ruckman Sean Darcy for Freo’s dominance after the halftime break with a six-nil quarterback.
Darcy had seven assignments, four contested possessions and four clearances during the quarter, allowing Andrew Brayshaw (11 assignments) and Nathan O’Driscoll (10 assignments) to get busy throughout the term.
“It was our contest in the middle, Sean took over and I think that’s what pushed us to improve our form and get others involved,” Frederick said.
“We put him in the front line very quickly and it allowed us to shoot on goal and keep the ball in our front half.”
With Fremantle sitting second in the standings with four wins from five games, Frederick said the squad won’t get too far ahead and focus quickly on Carlton.
The Len Hall Tribute Game will be a blockbuster game on Saturday night in what will be Adam Cerra’s return to Optus Stadium to face his former team.
“We can’t be too complacent after a couple of great wins in a row,” Frederick said.
“Carlton is fine, it’s going to be a massive game, it’s ANZAC weekend so a lot of the boys will be looking forward to it.
“The fans bypass us, even in away games, it’s unreal, we can’t wait to come home and play in front of them again next week.”
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