After beginning their 2012 campaigns with wins, both Fremantle and the Brisbane Lions had a reality check last week and are searching for win number two. Live scores from 4.40pm AEST.
The Dockers have impressed under new mentor Ross Lyon and return to the home venue where they disposed of reigning premiers Geelong two weeks ago.
They get David Mundy back after a long stint on the sidelines, while Michael Barlow may be ready for performing more than just substitute duties.
The Lions, however, have an even bigger name returning – Jonathan Brown – and have made a host of changes.
One to keep an eye on will be debutant Billy Longer, the aptly-named ruckman who went top ten in last year’s draft.
The Freo forward line is a bit difficult to read at the moment, with guys like Matthew Pavlich, Kepler Bradley, John Anthony and Zac Clarke all crammed in there last week. Anthony has been omitted, so can the other three form a strong partnership?
Aaron Sandilands is coming off a performance of 53 hit-outs, while Barlow is set to be more involved. This doesn’t bode well for the Lions, who will be without the still-impressive Simon Black.
That said, the Lions do have midfield guns on their own. It will be up to the likes of Daniel Rich (27 touches last week), Jack Redden (26) and Tom Rockliff (40 touches for the season) to turn things around.
In the Brisbane forward line, all eyes will be on Brown. Can he deliver? Will he alter his playing style at all? Will Freo’s key defenders contain him?
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B: Garrick Ibbotson, Zac Dawson, Adam McPhee
HB: Michael Johnson, Luke McPharlin, Tendai Mzungu
C: David Mundy, Ryan Crowley, Stephen Hill
HF: Matthew de Boer, Matthew Pavlich, Michael Barlow
F: Christopher Mayne, Kepler Bradley, Josh Mellington
Foll: Aaron Sandilands, Nathan Fyfe, Greg Broughton
I/C: Paul Duffield, Nick Suban, Zachary Clarke, Clancee Pearce
Emg: Jay van Berlo, Dylan Roberton, Alex Silvagni
In: David Mundy
Out: Jack Anthony
B: Ashley McGrath, Matt Maguire, Josh Drummond
HB: Mitchell Golby, Daniel Merrett, Joel Patfull
C: Jed Adcock, Tom Rockliff, Daniel Rich
HF: Claye Beams, Jonathan Brown, Todd Banfield
F: Ryan Harwood, Matthew Leuenberger, Ryan Lester
Foll: Billy Longer, James Polkinghorne, Jack Redden
I/C: Pearce Hanley, Andrew Raines, Jesse O'Brien, Jared Polec
Emg: Niall McKeever, Rohan Bewick, Elliot Yeo
In: Jonathan Brown, Josh Drummond, Andrew Raines, Ryan Harwood, Billy Longer
Out: Simon Black (hand), Cheynee Stiller, Niall McKeever, Rohan Bewick, Ben Hudson
New: Billy Longer (Northern Knights)
First bounce: 4.40pm AEST Venue: Patersons Stadium Last time: Fremantle 12.16 (88) d Brisbane Lions 10.5 (65), round 14, 2011 Betting: Fremantle $1.08, Brisbane $8 TV: Fox Footy (Live)