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Fremantle adds to Collingwood’s woes in the west, Giants beat Suns

Collingwood’s premiership credentials have taken another big hit after the Magpies slumped to a shock 12-point loss to Fremantle in Perth.

Dockers forward Matt Taberner booted four goals and Caleb Serong (24 disposals, nine clearances) starred in the midfield to lift their side to the 10.1 (61) to 7.7 (49) win on Sunday in front of 20,912 spectators.

Earlier in the day, the GWS Giants continued their dominance over the Gold Coast Suns in a 26-point win in Carrara, despite the loss of star forward Toby Greene to injury.

The result in Perth saw Collingwood drop to 10th on the ladder with just four wins and a draw from nine matches.

It also came in the wake of the club being fined $50,000, half of which is suspended, after Nathan Buckley and assistant coach Brenton Sanderson broke the AFL’s COVID-19 protocols by playing a tennis match with people outside their club contacts.

The Magpies were horrible in last week’s 66-point loss to West Coast, and their error-riddled display against the Dockers will raise further alarm bells.

The Dockers rose to 16th place on the ladder with their third win of the season.

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The Magpies managed just two goals from 25 inside 50s in the first half as Fremantle’s depleted defence stood firm.

Collingwood produced a three-goal spurt to end the third-quarter to take a four-point lead, but Fremantle prevailed in a frantic final term.

Magpies vice-captain Steele Sidebottom (25 disposals, two goals) was quiet early before bursting to life in his first match back after serving his four-match ban for breaking COVID-19 protocols.

Brayden Maynard (24 disposals) and Adam Treloar (30 disposals, eight clearances) tried their best to lift the Magpies, but the visitors’ inefficiency going forward cost them dearly.

The Dockers won the clearance battle 45-30, with David Mundy (10), Serong (9), and Nat Fyfe (8) all prominent.

Giants win but lose Greene to injury

Greene succumbed to a right hamstring injury in the opening term but the injury setback did not stop the Giants from claiming a 9.7 (61) to 4.11 (35) victory.

It was the Giants’ fifth victory of the season, making it nine wins from the past nine encounters with the Suns for Leon Cameron’s team.

Greene injured himself in a race for the ball with young Suns defender Connor Budarick late in the first quarter.

The 26-year-old came straight off the field and into the rooms, and did not return to the match after quarter-time.

Giants midfielder Matt de Boer also limped off late in the match with what looked like a hamstring injury.

Greene’s absence was no hindrance for the Giants who led from start to finish.

An GWS Giants AFL player pumps his right fist as he celebrates a goal against the Gold Coast Suns in Carrara.
Jeremy Finlayson was among the Giants’ goal kickers against the Suns.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

Tall forwards Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Cameron kicked two each for the Giants, while Joshua Kelly and Lachie Whitfield each picked up a match-high 29 disposals.

The Suns were well below their best as they slumped to a fourth defeat from their past five matches to leave them outside the top eight.

Ben Ainsworth was one of the Suns’ best with nine marks and 14 disposals, kicking a fourth-quarter goal as well in his 50th AFL appearance.

The Suns are next in action when they host the in-form St Kilda in Carrara on Thursday night.

The Giants play Essendon at the same venue on Friday.

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