EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is far better read after you’ve hit play on the below. Particularly if you’re a Freo fan. It’ll soften the blow a bit.
Good feckin’ grief, just when you thought Fremantle‘s season couldn’t possibly get any worse, the purple haze just about confirms they’ve packed ‘er up for 2016 with this.
Gun midfielder and noodle-hair afficianado Nat Fyfe has had a line officially ruled through his 2016 campaign, with a second broken leg set to put him on the shelf for the rest of the year.
The Dockers‘ star and last year’s Brownlow Medalist first injured his leg in last year’s Preliminary Final loss to Hawthorn, and had a plate surgically inserted to help heal the bone. But Fyfe reinjured the same leg during Freo’s round 5 clash against Carlton, and he subsequently travelled to Melbourne to undergo surgery on the leg again.
The club announced today that Fyfe would be ruled out for the season under doctor’s orders, in order to undergo a proper rehabilitation program that will see him ready in time for pre-season training later in the year.
The Dockers, already playing less like the barnstorming side that suffocated teams on their way to a Grand Final berth two years ago, and more like a smouldering dumpster fire, could not have wished for anything worse to heap on top of their already fruitless year.
Already sitting at a winless 0-7 and languishing on the bottom of the ladder, the Dockers are now almost a certainty to miss the AFL Finals for the first time since 2011.
Whilst Fremantle fans are currently slumped over in their chairs all like…
…the silver lining is that they’re currently playing that goddamned poorly that there’s a fair-to-good chance they’ll spoil Essendon‘s number one draft pick ambitions.
Y’know. Swings & roundabouts, I guess.
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