Fremantle Dockers forward Lachie Schultz calls for green anchor jumper to become a permanent fixture

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VideoFremantle made a big statement with the defeat of reigning premiers Essendon by four points while West Coast lost to Collingwood by 45 points

Bring back the anchor for good.

Lachie Schultz loved wearing Fremantle’s retro-style jumpers that much, he’s called for them to be a permanent fixture.

Freo celebrated Retro Round with a hard-fought win over Richmond at Optus Stadium on Sunday the original Dockers would’ve been proud of.

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The inaugural green away jumper was back, complete with the anchor and old-school socks, in a nod to the Dockers of ‘95.

Schultz “definitely” wants to see the green, purple and white kit, worn in the club’s first ever match against the Tigers at the MCG, become the new away jumper, replacing the current predominately white one.

“I love it, I reckon we should bring it back,” Schultz told ABC Grandstand after the thrilling four-point win.

Andrew Brayshaw had 39 disposals.
Camera IconAndrew Brayshaw had 39 disposals. Credit: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos

Schultz felt the Dockers channelled the “really tough breed” of the “old-school” Dockers, starting with Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra, who put up career-best numbers, with fellow young guns Caleb Serong and Sean Darcy also turning it on in the engine room.

“Obviously the old-school Dockers had a really tough breed and we knew that if we could channel a bit of that strength in the contest and a bit of that fight that they used to bring, it would put us in really good stead,” Schultz said.

“Our midfielders stood up in that sense and it spread throughout the rest of the team so I definitely put a bit to the jumper.”

Lachie Schultz celebrates after scoring a goal.
Camera IconLachie Schultz celebrates after scoring a goal. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir, who proudly wore the anchor during his playing days, said all of his players “really embraced” the retro kits and round as a whole.

“I loved it. I think it actually helped our week. The players really embraced it. They loved wearing the anchor again,” Longmuir said during his post-match press conference.

“It’s only a one off but it was something different. It allows you to break up the week. They really embraced the week and really enjoyed wearing the jumper. I loved it personally.”

Lachie Schultz and Matt Taberner.
Camera IconLachie Schultz and Matt Taberner. Credit: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos

Schultz, who finished with two goals to go with a stunning hanger in the low-scoring affair in tough conditions, was pleased with the team’s response in pressure from the previous round’s 40-point thrashing against Sydney on the Gold Coast.

Tackle numbers were up massively from 36 last week to 55.

“That was one of the key things we took out of our review, our pressure was nowhere near AFL standard so we tinkered with a few things going forward and we were really able to squeeze their defenders and put pressure on them,” Schultz said.

“And even the boys in the midfield, just locking the ball in and not letting it spill out to their runners put us in really good stead.

“It was a big tick today after a disappointing performance last week.”

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