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Hayden Ballentyne - Fremantle Dockers
Hayden Ballentyne booted five goals last week against the Lions. Image courtesy of perthnow.com.au/Daniel Wilkins

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Fremantle v West Coast


Patersons Stadium

Saturday June 28 – 4:30 PM (AEST)

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It’s derby day in Perth on Saturday afternoon when the Eagles  and Dockers  clash for the second time this season.

Fremantle head into this clash off a confidence boosting 83-point demolition of the Lions last week. The Dockers’ defensive display was by far their best of the season, shutting out the Brisbane forwards and leaving them with just one point to show heading into the main break. Hayden Ballentyne had his shooting boots on, booting five goals for two behinds in the romp. The win over Brisbane was the Dockers’ fifth in a row and they are proving to be one of the most consistent sides in the competition. The clash failed to produce any major concerns on the injury front, and Ross Lyon is set to regain some firepower in Matt de Boer as he seems to have overcome a knee injury that has sidelined him for the last few weeks. The 24-year-old could return into the first team, however it’s expected he will be put through his paces via the WAFL first.

After back-to-back wins, West Coast will be eager to make it three while getting revenge on their cross-town rivals in the process. The Dockers emerged victorious when the two teams played earlier this year, and that will be on the minds of the Eagles come Saturday afternoon. Coach Adam Simpson seems to have a dilemma on his hands in the build-up of the derby, with crucial decisions of his frontline yet to be made. Dean Cox has had two weeks off and is ready to return. Simpson indicated last Friday that he would play in the Derby. Scott Lycett has been playing well, while Nic Naitanui needs continuity rather than a rest and Jeremy McGovern has been a shining light up forward. The Eagles experimented with three ruckmen in the clash with Freo earlier this year, but it failed to yield anything eye catching.

Fremantle head into Saturday’s Derby as firm favourites. The Eagles aren’t without a chance, but you feel with the form the Dockers are in right now, there aren’t really any reasons to back against them. Fremantle have won the last four meetings with the Eagles and expect them to extend it to five with another comfortable victory.

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