Fremantle Dockers signal title intent

THE Cats left Simonds Stadium with their tails between their legs as Fremantle laid down a marker for this year's flag with a commanding 44-point win.

Brownlow Medal favourite Nat Fyfe was one of the stars of the show, kicking three goals and picking up 36 touches, while his fellow midfielder David Mundy ended the game with 39 disposals.

The Dockers' other A-grade midfielders - Stephen Hill and Michael Barlow - also got the better of Joel Selwood, Cam Guthrie, Josh Caddy and Steve Johnson, with Barlow also firing home three majors and Hill two.

The 15.14 (104) to 9.6 (60) win - and Geelong's worst loss at home since 2006 - came on the back of a seven-goal third quarter from the Dockers.

It also left Chris Scott's men languishing at the foot of the ladder after a 62-point loss to the Hawks last week.

Geelong was not helped by the late withdrawal of veteran Jimmy Bartel, who was forced out with concussion, while Steven Motlop's absence, following a club suspension for going out drinking before the Easter Monday clash with Hawthorn, also hurt the home team.

Although Geelong challenged early in the third quarter with Caddy and Selwood trying to lift the team, Fremantle found answers and kicked five unanswered goals going into the final term.

After two matches, Fremantle looks a flag contender, while Geelong is left looking for more answers after another big defeat.