The Fremantle Dockers had their first season in the AFL in 1995. Since that time, the astounding skills of their players have made them a force to be reckoned with, as their record of finishing 13th, 13th, 12th, 15th, 15th, 12th, 16th and 13th clearly shows. Fremantle are a great club. Where else would Shane Parker get a game, let alone become the club record holder for most games played with the club?
2002 was a big improvement on the previous year, with the Dockers managing nine wins, as opposed to just two in 2001.
Coming into 2003, Fremantle's big signing were mostly not so much new signings as re-signings of existing players. Pavlich, Hasleby and Justin Longmuir all agreed long term contracts with the club in the second half of 2002, so coach Damian Drum had a consistent playing list to carry forward in his planning. The one big new signing was Des Headland, who was Brisbane's number one draft choice about 5 years ago. The draft that year was the subject of a doumentary on the ABC, so everyone knew that Dessie was not keen to go to Brisbane in the first place, and this year he was able to return home to WA. Fremantle gained the honour of his services.
Anyway, the list below is a summary of the fixtures and results for the Fremantle Dockers for the year 2003. More in-depth reviews of some of the games are also available. I also have review for some matches from 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
If you want to find out more about the Dockers, click here. This site is now managed by the AFL, so don't hold it against the Dockers if it doesn't work. My experience so far is that it works much better when viewed using Internet Explorer.
If you count all the wins in that list, you will see that Freo won 14 games for the season, four more than they have won in any previous season. And so, for the first time ever, Fremantle made it into the AFL finals this year.