Fremantle Dockers and Jordan Clark continue impressive start to new AFL season as they thump Essendon

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Jordan Clark and Blake Acres celebrate their win.
Camera IconJordan Clark and Blake Acres celebrate their win. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

Former Railways defender Jordan Clark continued his impressive form for his new club Fremantle as they thumped Essendon by 48 points at Marvel Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Clark played a running half-back role for most of the contest, providing great rebound, and applied fierce pressure as he finished with 20 disposals, seven tackles, three marks and three score-involvements in the 16.11 (107) to 8.11 (59) win.

Leading by three points at the main break, the Dockers kicked 10 second-half goals to sink the Bombers as Clark led the game in tackles, providing solid support to his midfielders throughout the contest.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Jordan Clark of the Dockers handballs during the round five AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium on April 17, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Camera IconJordan Clark of the Dockers handballs to safety. Credit: Robert Cianflone/AFL Photos

The proficient 21-year-old has enjoyed a run of good form since making his move from Geelong to Fremantle in last year’s trade period, playing in all five of the Dockers’ first fixtures.

Former North Albany big man Darcy Cameron was in action for Collingwood against Brisbane on Thursday night and kicked a goal late in the first quarter, to go with seven disposals and six hit-outs.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Darcy Cameron of the Magpies attempts to mark the ball during the 2022 AFL Round 05 match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at the Gabba on April 14, 2022 In Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Camera Icon Darcy Cameron attempts to mark the ball. Credit: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos

However, Cameron was taken from the ground with a suspected rib injury in the second half and subbed out of the contest as the Magpies lost 14.7 (91) to 15.8 (98).

Intercept machine Jeremy McGovern was sorely missed in West Coast’s team that lost 9.4 (58) to 18.13 (121) against the Sydney Swans on Friday night.

The four time All-Australian was forced out of the side due to the AFL’s COVID health and safety protocols and he celebrated his 30th birthday in isolation.

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