Docker Fyfe becomes unstoppable AFL force

Justin Chadwick
Nay Fyfe was unstoppable for Fremantle in their 30-point win over St Kilda in Perth

Has Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe become impossible to stop?

That's the question rival coaches are pondering following the star midfielder's sizzling start to the AFL season.

Fyfe put in another best afield display in Saturday night's 30-point win over St Kilda, tallying 36 disposals, 25 contested possessions, 13 clearances, and a goal in the 13.11 (89) to 8.11 (59) win.

Earlier this year, Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew said Fyfe had become a player near impossible to stop.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson was thinking the same thing after watching Fyfe run riot against his team.

"When someone wins their own ball like that, that's difficult," Richardson said.

"And there are rules in the game where you can't absolutely body them off.

"We tried a few blokes. We weren't really able to curb his influence."

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon described Fyfe's performance as "special".

And he's looking forward to Fyfe receiving a stern test against Sydney duo Luke Parker and Josh Kennedy next Saturday at the SCG.

If Fyfe's current form is anything to go by, it appears only injury or suspension can stop him winning a second Brownlow medal.

The Dockers are 4-4 after eight rounds, but it has been their off-field issues that have dominated headlines in recent weeks.

Lyon has been the person under the most pressure after being named as the Fremantle official at the centre of the sexual harassment storm engulfing the club.

The veteran coach has been backed by the club's board to continue in his role, and he was in a reflective mood about the situation after the win over St Kilda.

Fremantle's staff are currently undergoing training in respect to the AFL's respect and responsibility policy.

Lyon said it was important for everyone at the club to be aware of the values that Fremantle stand for.

"As a football club we are more than the four points, so it has been a challenging week," Lyon said.

"The president, CEO and myself spoke about what sort of footy club we want to be and how we want to go about it.

"Obviously game day is a part of it, but winning doesn't wallpaper over everything.

"... Historically we could name a number of premiership teams and clubs that were up and about, (but) that really weren't the full bottle on and off (the field).

"Therefore the issues being addressed are critical to every club. We are focused on that."

Lyon said Stephen Hill (quad), Michael Walters (knee), and Nathan Wilson (back) were a chance to return against the Swans.