Western Bulldogs run injured Fremantle Dockers in AFL
Two-time Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe was one of four Fremantle stars to succumb to injury during the team’s 28-point AFL loss to the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium.
In a devastating three-minute period into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, Fremantle lost Fyfe (dislocated shoulder), defender Brennan Cox (torn hamstring) and ruckman Sean Darcy (sprained hamstring).
Defender Griffin Logue (concussion) was already out after a sickening third quarter clash with Aaron Naughton.
Two-time Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe was one of four Fremantle stars to succumb to injury during the team’s 28-point AFL loss to the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium
Fyfe dislocated his reconstructed right shoulder in a heavy impact, while Cox was barely able to walk after tearing his right hamstring.
It seems unlikely that Cox will play again this year, while the club will anxiously await the scan results on Fyfe’s shoulder.
Darcy’s right hamstring injury was not as serious as Cox’s, but he is expected to miss at least several weeks.
The Western Bulldogs led by 14 points at the time of Fremantle’s triple injury in the last quarter, and they went on to secure the 13.15 (93) to 9.11 (65) in front of a crowd of 32,875.
“I think it’s positive that it came back on the field,” Dockers coach Justin Longmuir said of Fyfe’s injury.
‘(Cox) did his hammy. Unfortunately, things are not looking good at this stage. We’ll have it scanned, but it looks good.
“He’s disappointed. He is our only back who has played every game this year.
“He will be very disappointed, we are crossing our fingers and hoping it is not as bad as it seems at the moment.
“Hopefully Sean gets some good news and only misses the week with goodbyes approaching.
“We will put our arms around our injured players and make them feel like they are still part of the group.
“But we have to go to a well. We have a six day break and a Gold Coast team saying goodbye. We have to move on pretty soon.’
Forward Mitch Crowden will also undergo scans after a blow to the shoulder.
The Bulldogs were left with their own injury care after ruckman Stefan Martin was out at halftime with a left shoulder problem.
“He hurt his shoulder and he’s kind of ordinary,” said Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.
“The good thing is that we won’t be playing next weekend. Hopefully he’s a sneaky chance against Geelong.”
Star Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli was pivotal in the win with 27 disposals, seven eliminations and two boom goals, while Jack Macrae racked up 35 disposals.
Naughton caught 13 points, including five contested, in a phenomenal aerial effort.
But his goals failed him badly and he finished 1.5.
Rookie Dockers forward Josh Treacy scored three goals in a breakout game, while David Mundy recorded 30 disposals and eight clearances.
Dockers defender Nathan Wilson could be confused after he purposely punched Cody Weightman in the groin after conceding a free kick.
Fremantle was dealt a pre-match blow when spearhead Matt Taberner withdrew too late after failing to recover from an ankle injury.