There is two rounds left in the 2013 AFL season and Fremantle have designs on a top-two finish and a double chance in September, and win tonight against Port Adelaide would only enhance that. We’ll have live scores and updates from 7.40pm AEST.
In order to achieve what would be the best finish in the club’s history, they need results to go their way, but they also need to win those last two games.
Coming up against eighth-placed Port Adelaide will be a good test for a side that has everything to play for and has shown all season that they have the talent and, more importantly, work ethic when it counts.
Port have themselves surprised many this season – Ken Hinkley’s men are two games clear of ninth-placed Carlton and would be unlucky to miss out on September action from here.
They have shown an ability to match it with top sides and a willingness to run for each other that has pleased their fans and neutral observers alike and, coming where they have from last season, will have many cheering them on should they continue that form.
Fremantle at Patersons Stadium is a tough ask however, especially with the home side having so much to play for.
The Dockers are also in welcoming back their best players at the right time of the season.
Mathew Pavlich is back from injury and suspension, and is starting to build form at the tight time.
Stephen Hill impressed, back from injury last week against an admittedly underwhelming opposition.
Such is the importance of this game that the Dockers will play Hayden Ballantyne despite the feisty forward coming from the ground with a sore shoulder late against the Demons.
Ruckman Aaron Sandilands was not so lucky, missing with a fractured cheekbone that is not seen as a long-term injury.
Both teams can score and score quickly, but Fremantle’s defence will be the key to victory on Saturday night.
The Dockers have conceded a total of 418 points less than the Power after twenty one rounds and will be looking to strangle a side that will be hampered by the suspension of the in-form Hamish Hartlett.
Recent history is also against the visitors, with the Dockers having won the last five games between the two sides.
For Fremantle, Cameron Sutcliffe and Jack Hannath come in for the injured Sandilands and Alex Silvagni (omitted).
Port welcome back Kane Mitchell, Jake Neade and Sam Colquhoun at the expense of Hartlett (suspension), Nathan Blee (omitted) and the injured Cameron Hitchcock (hamstring).