Stand-in Fremantle coach Jaymie Graham has praised the maturity of his group after they overcame the absence of coach Justin Longmuir and a number of key gamers to smash West Coast 15.12 (102) to 7.5 (47).
The Dockers had been within the distinctive place of being led by Graham whereas Justin Longmuir was in isolation regardless of him solely becoming a member of the membership through the pre-season. They had been additionally lacking captain Nat Fyfe, video games document holder David Mundy, Doig medallist Sean Darcy and 2020 Rising Star Caleb Serong.
The group included debutant Neil Erasmus, second gamer Nathan O’Driscoll and one other 5 kids who had been but to play 20 video games.
Lachie Schultz gained the Glendinning-Allan Medal in his forty seventh sport after profitable 23 possessions and kicking two objectives.
“We had been actually happy with the boys’ efficiency. We thought it was a mature efficiency given we had been one of many youthful groups within the competitors this weekend,” Graham mentioned.
“There have been loads of adjustments and it a altering panorama within the AFL in the meanwhile with COVID. It’s a younger group and our leaders are actually essential. AP (Alex Pearce) drove it from the entrance but it surely was a few of our senior gamers as effectively. Tabs being again was helpful, Aishy, Luke Ryan, that helps and it simply drags the younger guys alongside.
“The boys have labored exhausting and the membership must have a trademark that’s constant throughout all areas. We’re after consistency as effectively in our efficiency.”
Fremantle suffered an enormous scare when Darcy Tucker left the sphere on the stretcher after being tackled early within the third quarter.
Gamers from each groups confirmed rapid considerations for Tucker and Graham mentioned the medical employees had been nonetheless investigating what occurred.
“Clearly it was scary. We had been fairly involved for his well being,” Graham mentioned.
“He’s down within the rooms. He’s fairly bubbly and he mentioned all the pieces’s nice however I believe they’re going to have to analyze a bit additional on that one.
“I’m not even positive if he hit his head. We’re undecided. All I can say is he’s wholesome and that’s the principle factor.”
Having stuffed in as Head Coach at each the Dockers and Eagles, Graham is undefeated from his two alternatives. Longmuir had distant entry to the coach’s field to offered some suggestions however the pair didn’t converse through the match.
Graham wasn’t keen on taking credit score for the win.
“It’s not about me. It’s in regards to the membership,” he mentioned.