If there was any lingering doubt as to how far the Dockers have descended in the 2016 VFL season, it should linger no longer as the Fremantle Football Club was dismembered by the lowly Richmond Tigers this Saturday past 83 – 45.

The Roos, as expected, kept their perfect start to the season intact with an easy win over the Carlton Blues that could have been stopped mid-way through the second term if there were any kind of mercy rule in Australian Rules football.

Almost 60,000 fans were present to see the Magpies beat the Cats 104 – 80 and the Crows had an impressive outing against the Suns, posting a 149 – 74 win, although the Suns’ Metricon Stadium was largely devoid of spectators, drawing fewer than 12,000.

Fremantle supporters mostly stayed home, as Domain Stadium attracted only 20,000 stalwarts who braved torrential rain and potential high waters to see the Dockers establish a low water record for having the worst start to a season following a minor premiership.

North Melbourne has had the best start to any season in its history, dating back to 1869.

As expected, the night game Friday evening betwixt the Hawks and the Swans was a thriller, with the Swans winning 69 – 55 to atone for their Round 8 loss to the Tigers and notch their seventh victory.