'Shocking example': Nat Fyfe under fire over 'deplorable' act

Nat Fyfe's defensive work is under the spotlight. Pic: Getty

The winless Fremantle Dockers are searching for answers and fingers are being pointed at their superstar skipper Nat Fyfe.

Fremantle slipped to the second defeat from as many matches during their hub experience on Sunday, beaten by Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium.

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The loss means coach Justin Longmuir's team is 0-3 with at least two more games to go on the Gold Coast.

While Fyfe led the way for the defeated Dockers in terms of disposals, Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes pointed out other areas of his game that he found unacceptable.

Speaking on Channel Nine's Footy Classified, Cornes highlighted a passage of play early in the match where Fyfe let his marker get the slip and kick an easy goal.

Cornes labelled the defensive effort "deplorable" from the Freo skipper and claimed it was something he is regularly guilty of.

“I think Nat Fyfe gets away with too many instances like this,” Cornes said of the dual Brownlow Medallist.

“I’m highlighting him and Sam Powell-Pepper. Look at the time of the game and look at the score. We know you’re a great player Nat Fyfe but that is a deplorable effort from the captain of a football club.

“Whilst we focus on his brilliance, too many times he gets away with incidents like that and for a young side that’s a shocking example to set.

“Nat Fyfe has to be better with his defensive actions.”

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe in action against Port Adelaide. Pic: Getty

While disappointed with Sunday's loss, the match did mark the return to the AFL for Jesse Hogan.

Despite a quiet night with just nine touches and one mark, Longmuir believes the forward will be better for the run after an 11-month absence due to injury and a mental health break.

"Like I've said all along with Jesse, it's not about one week," he said.

"It's about making sure he stays in this team now and make sure he keeps building and becomes the player we know he can be."

WA clubs relieved by quarantine development

Longmuir will be buoyed by confirmation the Dockers and West Coast won't have to quarantine in a hotel when they return to Western Australia.

With both of WA's AFL clubs in a month-long hub on the Gold Coast, there were fears players would have to spend 14 days quarantining in a Perth hotel on returning to WA.

But Premier Mark McGowan says that quarantine period can be served at their regular homes, subject to strict conditions.

The two clubs can train during their quarantine period, and are also free to play each other in a western derby.

"I think we've worked out a fair and reasonable - but strict - arrangement for the Eagles and Dockers," McGowan said.

There's still a chance Fremantle and West Coast will need to spend an extra week or two in their Gold Coast hub before a similar Perth set-up is established.

McGowan is also set to give permission for Victorian sides to play each other while serving their 14-day quarantine period in Perth.

Crowds of up to 30,000 will be able to attend games from Saturday at Perth's Optus Stadium.

There will be no limits by July 18, meaning up to 60,000 people will be allowed to go to games in Perth.

That's a juicy financial carrot for the AFL, which has lost millions of dollars through the coronavirus pandemic.

with AAP