First-year sensation Matt Rowell was again brilliant for the Suns, picking up 20 disposals and kicking two goals despite at times being marked tightly by Fyfe in the first half.
Ben Ainsworth also had two goals for the hosts including a crucial right-foot snap in the final term, which secured the win. Touk Miller and star recruit Brandon Ellis also picked up 20 disposals while Jarrod Witts made the most of the Dockers’ undermanned ruck division with 38 hit-outs.
Brett Bewley kicked two goals for the Dockers as did Michael Walters, while Darcy Tucker had 20 disposals and Jesse Hogan was more influential in his second match back in the AFL after his long absence.
Neither team kicked a behind in the opening half, the first time in VFL/AFL history that has occurred.
The Suns looked like they’d kicked clear after a five goal run midway through the second term, but the Dockers were maximising their forward entries, kicking six goals straight from 13 inside 50s in the opening two quarters.
Both teams engaged in a wild melee as they made their way off at half-time, which is likely to result in several players copping fines. Dockers’ forward Matthew Taberner was shirtless as he went into the sheds.
The teams were locked up at 50-all at third quarter time but goals in the final term to Jack Lukosius and Ainsworth were enough to secure the win.
GOLD COAST 2.0 7.0 8.2 10.4 (64)
FREMANTLE 3.0 6.0 8.2 8.3 (51)
Gold Coast: Sexton (2), Ainsworth (2), King (2), Rowell (2), Lukosius, Day
Fremantle: Bewley (2), Walters (2), Matera, Tucker, Schultz, Taberner