AFL 2016 Fremantle Dockers footy stamps
The Fremantle Dockers 2016 AFL Footy Stamps are sure to delight footy fans and stamp collectors alike. Each pack contains 20 x $1 stamps and tabs, with the tabs featuring 20 players from the current Fremantle Dockers squad.Read more
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The Fremantle Dockers 2016 AFL Footy Stamps are sure to delight footy fans and stamp collectors alike. Each pack contains 20 x $1 stamps and tabs, with the tabs featuring 20 players from the current Fremantle Dockers squad.
Featured on the back of the pack is the full 2016 squad and some of the key milestones beckoning for some of the players.
Fremantle celebrated its 21st year in the AFL by finishing top of the ladder at the end of the home and away rounds for the first time, but once again the club wasn’t able to convert a good year into a great one by winning its first AFL Premiership. The club has played in just one Grand Final (2013), when it was beaten by Hawthorn. Last year, it was knocked out in a preliminary final by eventual premiers the Hawks by 27 points at Domain Stadium. Coach Ross Lyon also has reason to be frustrated as a title eludes him, despite his imposing career 66.7 per cent win–loss record at Fremantle (this is his fifth season) and St Kilda (five seasons, two losing Grand Finals). Lyon has been able to hold Freo on a sound level, but time is running out for a flag as the list ages. At the same time he is trying to rebuild around the club’s star player, 2015 Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe. David Mundy takes over as captain after veteran Matthew Pavlich, 34 and 335 games, stepped down as he prepares for his 17th AFL season. The recruitment of troubled Gold Coast SUNS star Harley Bennell ( 81 games) is a boost if Lyon can get the best out of the classy midfielder/forward, who has had his share of off-field issues.
Disappointingly, Fyfe had a significant back injury flare up in pre-season training. Stalwart defenders Luke McPharlin and Paul Duffield have retired, while tagger Ryan Crowley, who missed 2015 due to a suspension after testing positive to a prohibited substance, was delisted. The Fremantle Dockers will be keen for 200cm forward /ruck Michael Apeness (2 games) to return to his best after a knee reconstruction, while the club was surprised to be able to select powerful midfielder/forward Harley Balic at pick 38 in the 2015 AFL Draft. Its first pick, Darcy Tucker (pick 27) was also a ‘slider’ in the draft and looks likely to fill McPharlin’s role in defence.