Australian Football League (AFL) Live Fremantle Dockers vs Carlton Blues match will be kick off at Patersons Stadium, Perth,Thursday 31 july 2014 online, 20:10 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
After their horrendous performance against St Kilda, Ross Lyon is set to make multiple changes. Aaron Sandilands, Hayden Ballantyne and Stephen Hill will all return whilst injury-riddled defenders Luke McPharlin and Garrick Ibbotson are also a chance. Small forward Michael Walters is still a few weeks away. The Blues might not have too many changes although Mitch Robinson (suspended) will need to be replaced with Brock McLean, Patrick Cripps and Jeff Garlett all possible inclusions.
The Dockers were in stellar form before they turned out a stinker against the Saints. They rank fifth in points per game and have the best defence conceding only 68 points per game this year. They’ve won eight of their last nine games to sit fourth on the ladder. They’re 8-1 (7-2 against the line) vs bottom-ten teams this year. The Blues sit 13th on the ladder with no prospect of playing finals. They’re 6-11, having lost six of their last eight games – although they have won two of their last three including a promising win over the Roos. Carlton is 1-7 (4-4 against the line) vs top eight teams this year.
The Dockers were much too good for Carlton in round 19 last year running out six goal victors. Nat Fyfe was awarded three Brownlow votes after his 30 disposal performance whilst Michael Walters, Hayden Ballantyne, Lachie Neale, Nicholas Suban and Stephen Hill all kicked multiple goals in the absence of Matthew Pavlich. For the Blues, Ryan Crowley kept Marc Murphy to just 13 touches with Zac Tuohy, Lachie Henderson and Jeff Garlett the only multiple goal-kickers.
Fremantle and Carlton have played 27 times with the Dockers leading 15-12. It’s been very even recently having split their last four games 2-2 and their last eight games 4-4. The Blues have a great record at Subiaco with a 4-3 (6-1 against the line) record in Perth since the start of 2010. Under Ross Lyon, the Dockers are 28-6 (21-13 against the line) at Patersons Stadium. Only five Fremantle games have gone over 180 total match points this season. Whilst the Blues have been high scoring of late with six of their last eight games going over 180-points. The Dockers are 3-3 (4-2 against the line) coming off a week-off (finals/bye) since 2011. The Blues are 1-3 (2-2 against the line) over the same conditions and period.
B: Lee Spurr, Zac Dawson, Tendai Mzungu
HB: Cameron Sutcliffe, Luke McPharlin, Michael Johnson
C: David Mundy, Ryan Crowley, Danyle Pearce
HF: Stephen Hill, Chris Mayne, Nat Fyfe
F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Lachie Neale
Fol: Aaron Sandilands, Michael Barlow, Nick Suban
I/C: Zac Clarke, Matt de Boer, Garrick Ibbotson, Paul Duffield
Emg: Tommy Sheridan, Hayden Crozier, Matt Taberner
In: Stephen Hill, Hayden Ballantyne, Aaron Sandilands, Garrick Ibbotson
Out: Matt Taberner (omitted), Jonathon Griffin (omitted), Colin Sylvia (omitted), Anthony Morabito (omitted)
B: Michael Jamison, Sam Rowe, Zach Tuohy
HB: Bryce Gibbs, Simon White, Kade Simpson
C: Sam Docherty, Nick Graham, Chris Yarran
HF: Marc Murphy, Jarrad Waite, Brock McLean
F: Dale Thomas, Lachie Henderson, Blaine Johnson
Fol: Cameron Wood, Tom Bell, Chris Judd
I/C: Andrew Carrazzo, Levi Casboult, Ed Curnow, David Ellard
Emg: Dennis Armfield, Kane Lucas, Matthew Watson
In: Brock McLean, Blaine Johnson, Andrew Carrazzo
Out: Mitch Robinson (suspension), Andrejs Everitt (knee), Troy Menzel (knee).