Fremantle bubbles burst, and they can be freefall

The pop you have heard in the last two rounds of football is the bursting of fremantle bubbles. Perhaps it has been watered down because the Dockers have played their last two matches in difficult conditions.

But, as the famous saying goes, when it is hard to go, it becomes difficult. Instead, Fremantle’s players stood still.

A 7-1 start is 7-3, which is about 7-4 and probably going to be 7-5 with Melbourne and Brisbane. They’ve played most of their gym games this season and there’s no better thing than making eight.

The funny thing is that the Dockers lost their two wet games in the same way but in different ways.

Defeats to the Gold Coast and Collingwood, none of which will make it to the finals this year, have dominated the number of unrivaled possessions. When it rains and slips on the soles of the feet, it is not a strategy to win too many games outside of football.

Against the sun, Fremantle has at least taken football forward, and often. They made 65 out of 50 but could not enter the Gold Coast flood defense due to lazy ball use, poor skills and lack of imagination or patience. There were bad reflections towards coaches and players who scored two goals in three and a half quarters before a few charities of late.

As is often the case in these situations – remember Sydney won the flag by playing Slingshot Footy in 2012 – the Suns were able to springboard enough times, and Mabio Chol and Levi Casbolt enjoyed an open forward line to kick a winning score.

The tall docker defenders, Alex Pierce, Brennan Cox and Griffin Log, were confused by the traveling footballers. When it comes to final football, it leaves a question mark on their ability one by one.

(Russell Freeman / AFL photo via Getty Images)

Against Collingwood, Frio again dominated unopposed (+43 after being +56 against the Gold Coast), but this time nothing happened. Probably overreacting as they didn’t get any profit by pumping the ball in the previous week, this time they can make only 46 out of 50 out of about 400 materials.

This time the result is the last few consolations with three goals in three quarters.

It was again to identify the forward which proves the difference despite the adverse conditions. Oli Henry, Will Hoskin-Elliott and Brady Mihosek combined to score 75 percent of the pies score, once again separating Pierce, Cox and Log.

The Dockers, meanwhile, took two marks out of 50 for the match. Two. 400 out of disposal and 46 out of 50. One week ago, they took three. That’s 240 minutes of football in their Forward 50 and number five from 111 entries.

It has to be a combination of system and talent regardless of the conditions.

Should we just blame these results on the rain and stop them? Or do they just talk about the big issues that are unfolding right now? Perhaps it’s a lack of smartness or adaptability. Maybe they just need to play on their own terms and when that doesn’t happen they have no resistance. Is it coaching? Is it the death penalty?

It looks like Fremantle’s hot start to the year was in getting the right team at the right time. Incredible win against Adelaide. Pushes like West Coast, GWS, Ascendon, North Melbourne. Caught Carlton on vacation and Gilong’s complacency in Katari.

It could be that there is only one good team this year, with a handful average and half a weak team. Perhaps it fluctuates between the next two groups in Fremantle.

Ultimately this season is a building block for the Dockers, and that’s okay. But if you see the words ‘fremantle’ and ‘competitor’ moving forward in the same sentence, as ridiculously happened a few weeks ago, you have full permission to spit your cornflakes all over the table.

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