It’s a soccer score scenario on a wet night in Cairns, with Fremantle and Melbourne providing few highlights in a low-scoring scrap.
The Dockers wasted plenty of early chances but still hold a half-time buffer at Cazaly’s Stadium, with a 1.9 (15) to 1.3 (9) scoreline.
Michael Walters appeared to make a statement about his love for the Dockers after kicking Freo’s first goal amid a controversial week.
Walters had to explain his actions after appearing to voice his frustration in the direction of the coach’s box during the loss to Richmond.
But the Fremantle veteran tugged on his jumper in an apparent show of love for the club after nailing an early set shot.
Taylin Duman dominated in the back half for the Dockers, amassing 15 disposals and 300 metres in an impressive display.
Skipper Nat Fyfe has 11 at the break as he works to overcome a tag from Jake Melksham.