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Two teams fresh off encouraging wins go head-to-head as the Fremantle Dockers host the Hawthorn Hawks at Optus Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from 8:40pm (AEST).
The Dockers rebounded nicely from a disappointing fortnight, knocking off Collingwood by 12 points in one of the upsets of the season. Freo had always been better than their record suggested but, after sub-par efforts against West Coast and Geelong, it was important they got back on track. A win tonight will move them out of the bottom four.
Hawthorn also got themselves back on track after a month of bad efforts. Despite surrendering the first five goals of their game against Carlton, the Hawks were untouchable after quarter time and looked like their vintage selves in a 31-point win. They’d need a lot to go their way to play finals, but performances like that will make them unpalatable opposition.
Fremantle have an atrocious recent record against Hawthorn, losing the last six consecutive meetings and 12 of the last 13. Their lifetime winning percentage of 22 against the Hawks is their lowest against any AFL club. Hawthorn have won on all three of their visits to Optus Stadium.
Opening bounce: 8:40pm (AEST)
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
TV: Fox Sports, Seven (WA only)
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
B: Brennan Cox, Reece Conca, Nathan Wilson
HB: Stephen Hill, Luke Ryan, James Aish
C: Brett Bewley, Nat Fyfe, Taylin Duman
HF: Travis Colyer, Matt Taberner, Michael Frederick
F: Lachie Schultz, Rory Lobb, Mitch Crowden
FOL: Sean Darcy, David Mundy, Andrew Brayshaw
I/C: Adam Cerra, Ethan Hughes, Connor Blakley, Caleb Serong
B: Blake Hardwick, James Frawley, James Sicily
HB: Jarman Impey, Sam Frost, Ben Stratton
C: Jack Scrimshaw, Jaeger O’Meara, Isaac Smith
HF: Jack Gunston, Luke Breust, Chad Wingard
F: Will Day, Tim O’Brien, Liam Shiels
FOL: Ben McEvoy, James Worpel, Tom Mitchell
I/C: Harry Morrison, Conor Nash, Jonathon Ceglar, Tom Scully