FREO SEAL MINOR PREMIERSHIP
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.