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Fremantle Dockers great David Mundy brings up his 350th game as they travel to Queensland to battle the relocated Sydney Swans. Tune in to the first game of Sunday footy with live scores on The Roar from 12:30pm (AEST).
Only Matthew Pavlich among Dockers has reached the 350-game mark in the AFL, a testament to Mundy’s outstanding longevity despite dealing with mentally sapping travel every second week. Remarkably, he has at times in 2021 verged on career-best form, and after signing a one-year contract extension, Pavlich’s 353-game club record looks all but his for the taking.
The Dockers fell from seventh back to tenth following a momentum-killing thrashing to Geelong last week. Justin Longmuir’s team are building nicely, but probably aren’t quite finals material just yet. Nevertheless, if they can take down the Swans, they will be right back in the mix.
Sydney’s gutsy performance in victory over crosstown rivals GWS, despite a chaotic build-up that saw three players, including star Callum Mills, sensationally ruled out after attending the Wallabies match in Melbourne, was enough to move coach John Longmire to tears. The Swans are building something special in 2021, and just a game and percentage out of the top four, every win sees them keep pace with the top four.
The Swans welcome back injury-prone key forward Sam Reid to strengthen their attack even further; while the Dockers’ own returning tall in Matt Taberner is offset by the unavailability of in-form forward Rory Lobb, after an ankle injury cut his game against the Cats short.
B: 27 Justin McInerney, 24 Dane Rampe (c), 42 Robbie Fox
HB: 29 George Hewett, 30 Tom McCartin, 44 Jake Lloyd
C: 22 Nick Blakey, 13 Oliver Florent, 21 Errol Gulden
HF: 45 Sam Wicks, 20 Sam Reid, 11 Tom Papley
F: 5 Isaac Heeney, 23 Lance Franklin, 9 Will Hayward
FOL: 31 Tom Hickey, 12 Josh Kennedy (c), 26 Luke Parker (c)
I/C: 8 James Rowbottom, 25 Ben Ronke, 32 James Bell, 34 Jordan Dawson
EMG: 3 Dylan Stephens, 6 Logan McDonald, 17 Will Gould, 41 Hayden McLean
IN: Sam Reid, Ben Ronke (R18 medical sub)
OUT: Joel Amartey, Dylan Stephens
B: 14 Nathan Wilson, 25 Alex Pearce, 13 Luke Ryan
HB: 26 Hayden Young, 2 Griffin Logue, 18 Darcy Tucker
C: 11 James Aish, 7 Nat Fyfe (c), 5 Adam Cerra
HF: 33 Travis Colyer, 20 Matt Taberner, 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, 22 Lloyd Meek, 31 Brandon Walker, 41 Bailey Banfield
EMG: 12 Mitch Crowden, 15 Ethan Hughes, 19 Connor Blakely, 30 Nathan O’Driscoll,
IN: Hayden Young, Lloyd Meek, Matt Taberner, Brandon Walker (R18 medical sub)
OUT: Blake Acres, Rory Lobb, Sam Switkowski, Ethan Hughes