Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow says yesterday’s brutal qualifying final against Geelong at Simonds Stadium was a step up from anything he has experienced this season.
The Dockers pulled off the greatest victory in their history, upsetting the Cats by 15 points to book a home preliminary final at Patersons Stadium in a fortnight.Barlow was the best man on the ground with 33 disposals and three crucial goals.
“It was probably a step up from what we've experienced all year,” he said.
“Especially the first 15 minutes.
“Geelong, credit to them, were outstanding.“They showed us really what the intensity, and what the application to task was required.”
Barlow said it took them about 20 minutes to get to find their feet and start getting their hands on the ball.
“After the first 20 minutes we were able to grind our way back in which was really pleasing,” he said.
Barlow recovered from the game with a swim at Port Beach this morning and said it was great to be greeted by a rousing reception from hundreds of fans at Perth Airport last night.
“On the return it was really good to see all of the Fremantle faithful get down to the airport to welcome us home,” he said.
“It was a really good reception and it's something we did experience last year but I think they did take it to another level this year.”
Fremantle will play one of Sydney or the winners of today's Carlton-Richmond clash, at Patersons Stadium on September 21 for a place in the grand final.