Australian Football League Live Fremantle Dockers vs North Melbourne Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 08 math will be kick off at Patersons Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Saturday 23 May 2015 online, 19.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Dockers are rolling right now, winning their first seven including fighting off a challenge from the Bulldogs in round seven. The Roos have found their groove with consecutive wins and travel to Perth having beaten Freo at home last season.
North Melbourne will be without best 22 players Nathan Grima (back), Daniel Wells (Achilles), Nick Dal Santo (hamstring) and Andrew Swallow (thumb) whilst Ben Brown is in doubt with a knee injury. Mason Wood, Aaron Black, Majak Daw, Kayne Turner and Trent Dumont are lining up to come in. For Freo, Luke McPharlin (calf) could return after two misses and Tendai Mzungu continues to push his case in the reserves.
The Dockers are two games clear on top of the ladder with wins over finals contending teams Port Adelaide, Geelong, West Coast, Bulldogs and Sydney. They have scored the fifth amount of points whilst are the stingiest team in the league – conceding a measly 65.5 points per game. North Melbourne is ninth on the ladder with a 4-3 record. They’ve beaten Richmond and Essendon in recent weeks. They are 12th in total points conceded and sixth in most points scored.
Fremantle and North Melbourne have met 24 times with North holding the advantage 15-9. Fremantle have won three of the past five matches (2-3 against the line) vs North. The Dockers have won five of their last seven games at home against North Melbourne. Under Ross Lyon, the Dockers are 35-7 (26-16 against the line) at Patersons Stadium – 15-2 (11-6 against the line) in the last two seasons. North won both of their matches in Perth last season but had lost their six previous before that. North Melbourne is 7-9 both head-to-head and against the line outside of Victoria since the start of 2013. Four of the last six games have totalled over 189-points though the last two have not exceeded 165.
Yes, Fremantle is unbeaten. Yes, they have only missed the line twice. But they have failed to cover the line in their past two games and North are finding their groove. Travelling to Perth holds no fear for the adventurous North side who should appreciate the spacious Subiaco Oval. They have the defenders to shut down Pavlich, Ballantyne and Walters but as with all games against Freo, will need to run someone with Nat Fyfe. If they can curtail Fyfe, then this line is eminently achievable.
B Clancee Pearce, Luke McPharlin, Lee Spurr
HB Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, Stephen Hill
C Tommy Sheridan, Nat Fyfe, Danyle Pearce
HF Chris Mayne, Matt Taberner, Michael Walters
F Zac Clarke, Matthew Pavlich, Hayden Ballantyne
FOLL Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Lachie Neale
I/C Michael Barlow, Cameron Sutcliffe, Paul Duffield, Nick Suban
EMG Tendai Mzungu, Hayden Crozier, Jack Hannath
IN Luke McPharlin
OUT Alex Pearce (back bruising)
B Lachlan Hansen, Scott D. Thompson, Michael Firrito
HB Luke McDonald, Robbie Tarrant, Jamie Macmillan
C Sam Wright, Brent Harvey, Ryan Bastinac
HF Shaun Higgins, Jarrad Waite, Mason Wood
F Lindsay Thomas, Drew Petrie, Robin Nahas
FOLL Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell
I/C Ben Jacobs, Trent Dumont, Sam Gibson, Shaun Atley
EMG Majak Daw, Kayne Turner, Scott McMahon
IN Mason Wood, Trent Dumont
OUT Ben Brown (knee), Andrew Swallow (hand)