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The time is now for the Fremantle Dockers: victory over the badly out of form Brisbane Lions in front of a purple-packed crowd will go a long way to securing a drought-breaking finals berth. Follow along with Sunday evening footy action on The Roar with live scores from 5:10pm (AEST).
As the rest of the country grapples with COVID-19 chaos, seeing the crowd erupt at the end of the Dockers’ thrilling win over Richmond last week was a sight to behold. Pray Western Australia can hold out the virus at least until the Western Derby next week – with a big crowd at Optus Stadium, that will be epic.
In the here and now, though, the Dockers must sense an opportunity here. Half a game clear of GWS in eighth spot on the ladder, a finals spot is theirs for the taking. Despite being without captain Nat Fyfe for the season with a shoulder injury, Freo seem more than capable of covering his loss, with young guns Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra outstanding against the Tigers.
Just as importantly to them, though, is the Lions’ recent form. Since losing forward Eric Hipwood with a season-ending knee injury, Chris Fagan’s team have fallen from premiership contenders all the way down to sixth on the ladder, losing to St Kilda, the Tigers and Hawthorn and only putting on a half of good footy against Gold Coast.
If Brisbane have any aspirations of fighting back into double-chance calculations, they need to leave Perth with a win here. Similarly, defeat here would be disastrous for the Dockers, whose lowly percentage means they simply must grab as many premiership points as they can in the run home.
With reigning Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale out with illness, the Lions have turned to self-appointed ‘barometer’ Rhys Mathieson to fill the void; while the Dockers welcome back key defender Alex Pearce for the big job on Joe Daniher.
B: 14 Nathan Wilson, 2 Griffin Logue, 13 Luke Ryan
HB: 11 James Aish, 25 Alex Pearce (c), 26 Hayden Young
C: 18 Darcy Tucker, 16 David Mundy, 5 Adam Cerra
HF: 33 Travis Colyer, 20 Matt Taberner, 23 Liam Henry
F: 28 Lachie Schultz, 35 Josh Treacy, 12 Mitch Crowden
FOL: 4 Sean Darcy, 3 Caleb Serong, 8 Andrew Brayshaw
I/C: 19 Connor Blakely, 22 Lloyd Meek, 31 Brandon Walker, 34 Joel Western
EMG: 15 Ethan Hughes, 17 Brett Bewley, 30 Nathan O’Driscoll, 38 Tobe Watson
IN: Alex Pearce, Connor Blakely (R20 medical sub)
OUT: Bailey Banfield, Tobe Watson
B: 40 Jack Payne, 31 Harris Andrews, 35 Ryan Lester
HB: 10 Daniel Rich, 14 Grant Birchall, 37 Brandon Starcevich
C: 7 Jarrod Berry, 5 Mitch Robinson, 6 Hugh McCluggage
HF: 23 Charlie Cameron, 25 Daniel McStay, 11 Lincoln McCarthy
F: 12 Nakia Cockatoo, 3 Joe Daniher, 33 Zac Bailey
FOL: 46 Oscar McInerney, 17 Jarryd Lyons, 15 Dayne Zorko (c)
I/C: 4 Callum Ah Chee, 20 Jaxon Prior, 21 Tom Fullarton, 36 Rhys Mathieson
EMG: 2 Deven Robertson, 13 Tom Berry, 18 Keidean Coleman, 38 Connor Ballenden
IN: Jaxon Prior, Rhys Mathieson
OUT: James Madden, Lachie Neale