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Round 18 begins with the Fremantle Dockers playing host to the mighty Geelong Cats looking to secure their spot in the top eight with an upset win. Tune into events from Perth with live scores on The Roar from 8:10pm (AEST).
The race for seventh and eighth on the ladder has become slightly farcical in recent weeks, as teams from reigning premiers Richmond to Carlton seem to be doing their best to avoid a finals berth like it’s lava.
Sitting seventh, the Dockers are currently winning that ‘race’, with three wins in their last four, including a commanding triumph over Hawthorn in Round 17, seeing them rocket up the ladder. However, they’ll face a real litmus test from here on out: after the Cats, they face Sydney, Richmond, Brisbane, crosstown rivals West Coast and St Kilda for the remainder of the home-and-away season. There isn’t a single easy game in there.
Some recent slip-ups from fellow top four sides sees the Cats within a game and six percentage points from top spot on the ladder. Last year’s runner-up have toyed with premiership favouritism at times this year, and have won eight of their past nine (the only loss being to another contender in Brisbane away).
The Dockers, however, are no pushovers, especially at home: the Cats will be keen to avoid a repeat of their last trip outside Melbourne, that Lions game.
The favourites are bolstered by the return of skipper Joel Selwood, while the Dockers welcome back underrated defender Ethan Hughes.
B: 14 Nathan Wilson, 25 Alex Pearce, 13 Luke Ryan
HB: 11 James Aish, 2 Griffin Logue, 18 Darcy Tucker
C: 9 Blake Acres, 7 Nat Fyfe (c), 5 Adam Cerra
HF: 33 Travis Colyer, 37 Rory Lobb, 10 Michael Walters
F: 28 Lachie Schultz, 35 Josh Treacy, 23 Liam Henry
FOL: 4 Sean Darcy, 16 David Mundy, 8 Andrew Brayshaw
I/C: 3 Caleb Serong, 15 Ethan Hughes, 39 Sam Switkowski, 41 Bailey Banfield
EMG: 12 Mitch Crowden, 19 Connor Blakely, 22 Lloyd Meek, 31 Brandon Walker
IN: Ethan Hughes
OUT: Brandon Walker
B: 30 Tom Atkins, 8 Jake Kolodjashnij, 38 Jack Henry
HB: 14 Joel Selwood (c), 44 Tom Stewart, 46 Mark Blicavs
C: 7 Isaac Smith, 29 Cameron Guthrie, 2 Zach Tuohy
HF: 35 Patrick Dangerfield, 17 Esava Ratugolea, 32 Gryan Miers
F: 4 Shaun Higgins, 26 Tom Hawkins, 40 Luke Dahlhaus
FOL: 1 Rhys Stanley, 42 Mark O’Connor, 19 Quinton Narkle
I/C: 3 Brandan Parfitt, 24 Jed Bews, 27 Sam Menegola, 45 Brad Close
EMG: 6 Jordan Clark, 9 Max Holmes, 31 Francis Evans, 39 Zach Guthrie
IN: Joel Selwood, Luke Dahlhaus, Quinton Narkle (R17 medical sub)
OUT: Gary Rohan, Lachie Henderson, Max Holmes