Fremantle’s Michael Frederick enters early Goal of the Year nomination with stunning volley from the pocket

Aaron KirbyThe West Australian
Fremantle forward Michael Frederick has lodged his Goal of the Year entry in early, bringing the glitz of both the NBA and Premier League in the Dockers’ season opener against the Crows at Adelaide Oval.
Camera IconFremantle forward Michael Frederick has lodged his Goal of the Year entry in early, bringing the glitz of both the NBA and Premier League in the Dockers’ season opener against the Crows at Adelaide Oval. Credit: James Elsby/AFL Photos

Fremantle forward Michael Frederick has lodged his Goal of the Year entry early, bringing the glitz of both the NBA and Premier League in the Dockers’ season opener against the Crows at Adelaide Oval.

Fremantle fans would have already been excited about their team’s opening 10 minutes before a driving kick from Andrew Brayshaw wandered its way into the forward pocket.

Frederick used his body to get ahead of his Crows opponent before tapping the ball away from the boundary, past the defender, and setting up the perfect bounce for a crunching volley that would not have been out of place in a Manchester United game.

The ball sailed true, dissecting the middle of the goalposts as his teammates got around the young forward.

The Adelaide native entered round one on the back of an impressive preseason - his best effort a five-goal haul against the Eagles in the first practice match.

Fellow Docker Caleb Serong took out last year’s Goal of the Year award for his sensational boundary work against West Coast that saw the Dockers break their western derby drought.

Frederick’s goal was one of five kicked in the opening term by the Dockers as they got off to a great start to their 2022 campaign.

Michael Frederick of the Dockers celebrates a goal.
Camera IconMichael Frederick of the Dockers celebrates a goal. Credit: Mark Brake/via AFL Photos

The Crows struggled to get past Fremantle’s half back line as midfielders buzzed around the contest giving the Dockers first use.

The home side kept the visitors at bay in the final minutes as Fremantle went into the first break with a 17-point advantage.

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