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The Fremantle Dockers head to Tasmania to battle the St Kilda Saints knowing a win could see them in the eight… for a few hours, at least. Follow the action from Hobart as the final day of the home-and-away season begins with live scores on The Roar from 12:15pm (AEST).
Last week’s pulsating Derby win has ensured the Dockers will remain in the final mix until the bitter end, though it’s doubtful they could do any damage even if they can sneak in.
To do that, they’d need to take care of business against the inconsistent but potentially damaging Saints, then wait to see if Essendon slip up against Collingwood in a few hours’ time.
The Saints are all but mathematically out of the reckoning, but showed their best footy is good enough to trouble anyone when they stunned Geelong with a five-goal start in their match last week. That they went on to lose nicely sums up their wretched 2021 season – there has been far too little of that good stuff to keep them on track for a second straight finals series.
Andrew Brayshaw is back for the Dockers after missing the Derby through suspension; while for the Saints, gun young forward Max King misses. Saints ball magnet Luke Dunstan is also a surprise omission.
St Kilda Saints
B: 20 Dougal Howard, 44 Callum Wilkie, 21 Ben Long
HB: 35 Jack Sinclair, 29 Jimmy Webster, 36 Daniel McKenzie
C: 6 Sebastian Ross, 10 Dan Hannebery, 8 Bradley Hill
HF: 25 Dean Kent, 19 Rowan Marshall, 16 Dan Butler
F: 22 Jack Higgins, 28 Tim Membrey, 43 Cooper Sharman
FOL: 41 Paul Hunter, 9 Jack Steele (c), 3 Zak Jones
I/C: 1 Nick Coffield, 5 Brad Crouch, 23 Jack Bytel, 38 Oscar Clavarino
EMG: 7 Luke Dunstan, 13 Jack Lonie, 30 Matthew Allison, 31 Ryan Byrnes
IN: Ben Long, Jack Bytel, Paul Hunter, Oscar Clavarino (R22 medical sub)
OUT: Darragh Joyce, Luke Dunstan, Max King, Ryan Byrnes
B: 31 Brandon Walker, 2 Griffin Logue, 13 Luke Ryan
HB: 11 James Aish, 25 Alex Pearce (c), 26 Hayden Young
C: 18 Darcy Tucker, 16 David Mundy, 8 Andrew Brayshaw
HF: 17 Brett Bewley, 20 Matt Taberner, 33 Travis Colyer
F: 39 Sam Switkowski, 35 Josh Treacy, 12 Mitch Crowden
FOL: 4 Sean Darcy, 3 Caleb Serong, 5 Adam Cerra
I/C: 22 Lloyd Meek, 23 Liam Henry, 38 Tobe Watson, 41 Bailey Banfield
EMG: 9 Blake Acres, 15 Ethan Hughes, 30 Nathan O’Driscoll, 34 Joel Western
IN: Andrew Brayshaw, Brett Bewley (R22 medical sub)
OUT: Connor Blakely, Lachie Schultz