Dockers Leave Half A Team At Home

Picture: Daniel Wilkins/Herald Sun
Michael Barlow is one of the few Freo stars playing. Image courtesy of Daniel Wilkins/Herald Sun
Last Five Matches

Round 15, 2013 – Fremantle 100 d St Kilda 70 at Patersons Stadium
Round 4, 2012 – Fremantle 92 d St Kilda 79 at Etihad Stadium
Round 20, 2011 – St Kilda 113 d Fremantle 72 at Etihad Stadium
Round 10, 2011 – St Kilda 102 d Fremantle 56 at Patersons Stadium
Round 12, 2010 – St Kilda 85 d Fremantle 67 at Subiaco Oval


Form

     Rd 18       Rd 19       Rd 20       Rd 21       Rd 22   
St Kilda    L  L  L  L  W
Fremantle    W  W  W  W  W


Ins and outs

(Saints) – St Kilda welcomes back the retiring Justin Koschitzke, defender Dylan Roberton and forward Tom Lee. Jack Newnes is out with a shoulder injury.

(Dockers) – As in previous seasons, Fremantle has left plenty of topliners in Perth the week before the finals. The likes of Michael Johnson, David Mundy, Nat Fyfe, Hayden Ballantyne and Zac Dawson have been rested, while Michael Walters (knee) and Stephen Hill (hamstring) have injuries. Ruckman Aaron Sandilands and defender Garrick Ibbotson are the main inclusions.


Prediction

Fremantle taking a weakened team to Melbourne was always on the cards this week, but 10 changes is pretty drastic by anyone’s imagination (although not the most they’ve done in recent times). The inclusion of Aaron Sandilands is very important heading in to the finals, but his midfield is a shadow of its former self and the Dockers’ middle tier players will have to carry the can this week. The Saints produced their best effort of the second half of the season last week to beat Gold Coast, but the Suns’ kids are out of gas and Clinton Jones did a brilliant job on Gary Ablett Jnr. Freo has coped well with injuries this season, but this is a major test of its depth. The Saints should be able to send Stephen Milne, Justin Koschitzke and Jason Blake out on a winning note. St Kilda by 15 points .

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