The Courier-Mail

FREO SEAL MI­NOR PREMIER­SHIP

- JUSTIN CHAD­WICK

FRE­MAN­TLE fi­nally have some sil­ver­ware to put in their tro­phy cab­i­net af­ter lock­ing up the mi­nor premier­ship with a 54point de­mo­li­tion of Mel­bourne in yesterday’s clash at Do­main Sta­dium.

The Dock­ers booted the first 10 goals of the match to se­cure the 17.6 (108) to 8.6 (54) win, giv­ing them an unas­sail­able lead at the top of the ta­ble with one round to play.

Fre­man­tle have the op­tion to rest the bulk of their best 22 for next week’s dead rub­ber against the Power in Ade­laide, be­fore gear­ing up for a home qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal.

Mel­bourne have lost 16 con­sec­u­tive matches at Do­main Sta­dium, with their last vic­tory at the Perth venue in 2004.

On a hor­ri­ble day for the De­mons, mile­stone man Nathan Jones suf­fered a game-end­ing an­kle in­jury early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Jones, play­ing his 200th match, was helped off by train­ers af­ter rolling his left an­kle in an in­nocu­ous in­ci­dent.

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