Key forward Jesse Hogan has booted four goals as Fremantle posted its highest score of the AFL season in a 64-point thumping of North Melbourne on the Gold Coast.
- The Dockers kicked 15.9 in the heavy defeat of the struggling Kangaroos
- Hogan was assisted by Matt Taberner, Michael Walters and Lachie Schultz, who booted three goals each
- The Kangaroos have now lost seven consecutive matches
Hogan benefited from the scoring opportunities provided when the Dockers opened up play through the middle of the ground in the 15.9 (99) to 5.5 (35) victory.
Matt Taberner, Michael Walters and Lachie Schultz also got in on the act with three goals each.
It was the Dockers’ biggest winning margin under first-year coach Justin Longmuir, who has won plaudits for implementing a new game style with his developing side.
The Dockers, who are out of finals contention, moved up to provisional 12th place on the ladder with a 7-9 win-loss record.
The result was North Melbourne’s seventh straight defeat, with the Kangaroos failing to give veteran ruckman Todd Goldstein the celebration he deserved as he reached the 250-match milestone.
The 32-year-old had a tough battle with Fremantle talls Sean Darcy and Rory Lobb throughout the match.
Lobb took four contested marks, kicked a goal and had an impact around the ground.
The Dockers won clearances (29-23), dominated contested (+28) and uncontested possession (+72), and had a whopping 52-35 advantage in inside 50s.
Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe finished with 24 disposals and six clearances, despite copping a stray boot to the face during the second quarter.
Blake Acres and veteran David Mundy were outstanding through the midfield, while Luke Ryan and Brennan Cox held up well in defence for the Dockers.
Taylor Garner kicked a final-quarter goal for the Kangaroos as he got through his first match of the season unscathed on return from a serious hamstring injury.
The Kangaroos finish their season when they meet finals-bound West Coast on Thursday.
The Dockers can help shape the top eight in their clash with one of the finals contenders, the Western Bulldogs, on Saturday.