AFL Live West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 03 Match will be kick off at Domain Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Saturday 09 April 2016 online, 07.40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
A huge Western derby, with everything at stake. West Coast are looking to rebound after being found wanting against Hawthorn once more, while Fremantle are just trying to show something resembling form.
West Coast increase their running and ball-winning ability with Chris Masten replacing Jamie Bennell.
Fremantle lose Clancee Pearce to a hamstring, but include Matt De Boer to replace him. Nothing lost or gained.
West Coast kicked a lot of goals in Round 1 against Brisbane, but let a lot through themselves on the way to a 64 point win. They then came out and got smashed in every facet of the game against Hawthorn, unable to get their hands on the ball, or prevent the Hawks from moving it as they liked.
Fremantle were hoping to put the Round 1 loss to the Dogs down to an aberration, but the Suns then opened them up in much the same way. The worry for the Dockers is they lost contested possession by 44 to the Dogs, but corrected to win it by 36 against Gold Coast, but still no four points as a result.
Fremantle had won six Derbies in a row before West Coast was finally able to overcome them late last year. Ross Lyon leads Adam Simpson 3-1 in the four matches they’ve met as coaches.
This is Ross Lyon’s 10th season as an AFL senior coach, and no team of his has ever lost the first three matches of the season.
Matt Priddis plays his 200th game this weekend, but hasn’t polled a Brownlow vote in a Derby since Rd 8, 2011.
Firstly, I can see Fremantle bouncing back this week after what has been a terrible start. They’re currently paying $3.05 and will be much better this week. Lachie Neale loves the local Derby and averaged 33 touches against the Eagles last year. He’s paying $2.40 to crack the 30+ mark this week and $5 to have the most handballs. If you are like me and convinced he’ll have a day out, then hang the Ross Glendinning Medal around his neck as well paying a very juicy $13.
We expect the Western derbies to be fiercely contested, and this should be no exception. Either both sides are going to be 1-2 to start the season, or Fremantle will be 0-3. There’s plenty to lose.
The Docker defence is struggling with no Luke McPharlin to anchor them, and the Eagles do have an array of forward options, while West Coast appear better set-up to defend the Fremantle forwards.
Naitanui and Sandilands in the ruck will be a decisive contest, but even if Fremantle win the clearances, will that convert into midfield domination? It didn’t last week.
It’s going to be hard to see where the Dockers can win this sort of game, until we see them do it first. If nothing else they’ll be looking to make it a gruelling contest, but has the game moved on from that style?
West Coast Eagles:
B: S.Hurn, E.MacKenzie, B.Sheppard
HB: E.Yeo, W.Schofield, S.Butler
C: J.Redden, M.Priddis, L.Jetta
HF: C.Masten, J.McGovern, J.Darling
F: M.LeCras, J.Kennedy, J.Hill
R: N.Naitanui, A.Gaff, L.Shuey
I/C: J.Cripps, L.Duggan, S.Lycett, J.Nelson
EMG: J.Bennell, T.Cole, T.Lamb
OUT: J.Bennell (Omitted)
B: G.Ibbotson, Z.Dawson, L.Spurr
HB: S.Hill, M.Johnson, T.Sheridan
C: C.Sutcliffe, D.Mundy, D.Pearce
HF: E.Langdon, M.Pavlich, N.Fyfe
F: M.Walters, C.Mayne, H.Ballantyne
R: A.Sandilands, M.Barlow, N.Suban
I/C: L.Weller, L.Neale, M.De Boer, A.Pearce
EMG: J.Griffin, M.Taberner, T.Mzungu
IN: M.De Boer
OUT: C.Pearce (Hamstring)