Collingwood president Eddie McGuire complained about Collingwood’s six-day break when they played Fremantle in week two because of this scheduling issue.
Both men’s arguments were predicated on Fremantle losing to Geelong on Saturday and having to play at home the following week.
But nobody told the Dockers to follow the script.
The men in purple went on to Kardinia Park facing a Cats team who had only lost one game from their previous 44 matches at the ground.
But the Dockers were ferocious with their attack on the ball, stifling Geelong’s preferred handball-heavy playing style and working harder to get to every contest and keep the ball in hand.
Despite a slow start, Fremantle stormed away with the 15-point win, securing a home preliminary final and just one win away from an inaugural grand final appearance.
Michael Barlow was one of the best on ground for the Dockers, notching up 32 possessions and three goals, while underrated defender Lee Spurr notched up 29 possessions, rebounding the ball out of defence and causing the Geelong forwards all kinds of trouble.