Bayley Fritsch
Free to play following tribunal
FMelbourne Demons
May 4, 2021
Fritsch had his one-match suspension overturned following his tribunal hearing.
The Demons' lawyer successfully argued that Fritsch had multiple factors out of his control that resulted in the contact that caused the suspension. He will now be free to take the field for Saturday's clash with Sydney.
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Handed one-match ban
FMelbourne Demons
May 3, 2021
Fritsch has received a one-match ban with an early plea for striking North Melbournes's Tom Powell in the second quarter of the Round 7 match.
Fritsch's absence will certainly be noticed considering he's averaging three goals per game and is coming off of a season-high six against the Roos. Assuming it stands as assessed, he will be eligible to return in Round 9.
Scores six in win
FMelbourne Demons
May 2, 2021
Fritsch scored six goals and one behind to go with 14 disposals (10 kicks, four handballs) and made six marks during Sunday's 103-73 win over North Melbourne.
Fritsch logged a career-high in goals scored during this match and as integral to pulling his team in front after a rough first half. He's certainly a forward that needs the goals to put up big fantasy numbers, but he's only four away from surpassing his goal total from all of 2020 through just six games.
Back in lineup
FMelbourne Demons
April 23, 2021
Fritsch (hand) will return to the lineup for Saturday's match versus Richmond, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
Fritsch was considered a candidate to return this round despite a fractured hand suffered during training. It appears he's healed quickly and will slot in alongside Luke Jackson and Jake Melksham in the forward line.
Could be back for Round 6
FMelbourne Demons
April 19, 2021
Demons head coach Simon Goodwin said that Fritsch (hand) could be ready to return to the lineup for Friday's Round 6 match with Richmond, Matt Balmer and Max Laughton of report. "[Fritsch] is a possibility this week," Goodwin said. "He had his surgery and he's got a pretty solid week to work through from a physical perspective, but if he's not right we won't take a risk with him either."
Fritsch has been sidelined since undergoing surgery last week after fracturing his hand during a training session. The procedure Fritsch required apparently wasn't a major one, so he could be back in action after missing just one match with the injury. His status for Round 6 will likely be decided by Wednesday or Thursday.
Out with fractured hand
FMelbourne Demons
April 15, 2021
Fritsch suffered a fractured hand in training and is expected to miss up to two weeks after undergoing surgery.
Fritsch has had a solid start to the season with 10 goals in four matches and 6.3 marks per game. He can provide reliable value from the forward position and could improve even more if he can up his disposal numbers when he returns.