Fremantle Dockers

Western Derby XLI: is it just another AFL game?

Brad Elborough   Is there still a hype surrounding the Western Derby, or is it just another game of football?

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WAtoday.com.au Friday Sports Forecast - April 17, 2015

Friday Forecast

David Prestipino & Simon White   We're back for the second Friday Forecast ahead of a glorious western derby weekend.

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Eagles dominate numbers game

Top shelf: Nic Naitanui will be  one of five top-10 draft picks in the Eagles team this week.

Brad Elborough, Perth   West Coast's team for Sunday's western derby will boast eight more round-one draft picks than their opponents Fremantle, including two more from the top 10.

Western Derby: Ross Lyon wary of West Coast midfield

Nic Naitanui, Chris Mayne, Lee Spurr and Chris Masten will be in the thick of it on Sunday.

Brad Elborough   Ross Lyon says West Coast's midfield is full of talent and they should not be discounted as a threat just because a couple of their key defenders have been sidelined for the season.

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West Coast should be favourites in the Western Derby if you look at previous draft picks.

Brad Elborough   The potential of Fremantle and West Coast's respective line-ups for this weekend's Western Derby show the Eagles as firm favourites.

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What's the one thing wrong with the Fremantle Dockers?

Jackson Trengove handballs against Danyle Pearce at Domain Stadium.

Brad Elborough   After dominating all facets of the game against Geelong last weekend, Fremantle has identified goalkicking as one area in need of improvement.

Dockers not angry over Ballantyne ban

Hayden Ballantyne has been backed by his coach.

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says he still loves the way Hayden Ballantyne plays despite the goalsneak falling foul of the AFL's match review panel yet again.

Docker Ballantyne suspended again

Hayden Ballantyne will miss the derby against the Eagles after he accepted a two-match ban.

Angry ant Hayden Ballantyne will risk a three-match AFL ban if he challenges the match review panel's verdict on Tuesday.

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Motlop apologetic after club-imposed ban

Steven Motlop watches the game against Fremantle from the coaches' box on Sunday.

Jon Pierik   Stung Geelong midfielder Steven Motlop says he is "very disappointed and extremely sad" by his actions but is ready to regain the respect of his teammates if chosen to face the Gold Coast Suns on Sunday.

AFL 101: three things we worked out from round two

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Staff writers   We're a fortnight into the AFL season and two of the top five spots of the ladder are taken up by...GWS and the Western Bulldogs! Meanwhile, Port Adelaid and Geelong are still chasing their first wins. Our crack (pot) panel reassembles to run the rule over all the happenings from round two.

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Fyfe leads dismantling of swamped Cats

Cats v Dockers

Peter Hanlon   Fremantle have condemned Geelong to their worst losing streak since 2006, dishing out a 44-point drubbing to the Cats at Simonds Stadium.

Scott backs youth to bridge gap

Cats coach Chris Scott tries to spur on his players at three-quarter-time.

Peter Hanlon   Chris Scott backs young Cats to close significant gap to the competition's best after big home loss to Dockers.

Live AFL scores: Geelong v Fremantle

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Follow live scores and statistics from the intriguing Geelong v Fremantle clash.

WAtoday.com.au Friday Sports Forecast - April 10, 2015

Friday Forecast

David Prestipino & Simon White   We're back for the second Friday Forecast ahead of a heavily-armoured weekend of thrilling sport.

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Missing Crowley still looking to haunt Stevie J

Old foes: Geelong's Steve Johnson and Fremantle's Ryan Crowley last year.

If Steve Johnson thinks he's escaped the clutches of Fremantle antagonist Ryan Crowley, he better think again. Crowley will miss Sunday's clash with Geelong at Simonds Stadium while he awaits his hearing at the AFL's Anti-Doping Tribunal.

Fremantle defender Paul Duffield says Clancee Pearce can tag Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson's regular foe Ryan Crowley won't be there this week.

Brad Elborough   Fremantle is not buying into any suggestion that Geelong is on the slide, even after the Cats' 62-point thumping at the hands of Hawthorn on Monday.

AFL 101: four things we worked out from round one

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Staff writers   Fresh from its pre-season outing with the crystal ball - from which many of the 2015 predictions already look cactus - our crack (pot) panel is back to run the rule the rule over round one of the AFL campaign.

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Crowley cleared to mentor new tagger

Ryan Crowley.

Matt Murnane   Fremantle has cleared Ryan Crowley to mentor team-mate Clancee Pearce while the key tagger is under provisional suspension for suspected performance-enhancing drug use.

Dockers veterans show there is life in the old dogs yet

Life in the old dogs yet ... Matthew Pavlich (left) and Luke McPharlin showed their worth in Sunday's game against Port Adelaide.

Brad Elborough   Speculation that Matthew Pavlich and Luke McPharlin will call time on their careers at the end of this season may be premature.

Fremantle edges past Port Adelaide

Sideways: Fremantle's Tommy Sheridan handballs during the match against Port Adelaide.

Brad Elborough   This is potentially Matthew Pavlich‚Äôs final season, but he is clearly not going to sit back and watch the year go by.