Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has baulked at a guarantee that rising young star Sean Darcy will hold his Dockers starting berth, with a return of champion ruckman Aaron Sandilands for Sunday's clash with St Kilda in Perth.
Fremantle are poised for a major boost after a demoralising narrow loss to Geelong, with star midfielder Nathan Fyfe in line to resume against St Kilda in Perth on Sunday.
Multiple injury concerns and fears captain Joel Selwood may miss next round sour comeback win over Dockers.
Geelong had only one player on the bench with the side playing horrible football. Fremantle were outrunning them, outworking them, out-pressuring them and the Cats were fumbling and flagging. Then, of course, they came back.
It's a tough assignment for the travelling Dockers. They confront top four team Geelong at their home ground fortress on Sunday.
Fremantle has been dealt a major blow before there clash with Geelong on Sunday, with superstar Nat Fyfe ruled out with injury.
Fremantle Dockers pesky goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne is set to play his first game of the season in the crucial clash against the Cats.
The bye rounds are finished and now things are hotting up in the finals race. Our crack(pot) panel returns to look ahead at all the action in Round 14.
With the AFL's collective bargaining all stitched up this week a number of club's will be using their extra $2 million salary-cap top up to land that big fish.
Eagles and Dockers' weekday games at the new Perth Stadium could be capped next year because the problem-plagued footbridge might be ready in time.
Fremantle can perhaps consider themselves a bit lucky to have a 6-6 win-loss record and be just outside the top eight on percentage. But as they say in the classics – you make your own luck.
Long-suffering Dockers' nuffies can comfortably book their holidays to Bali in September, with statistical kings Champion Data predicting Fremantle are no hope of playing finals.
Our crack(pot) panel returns to look ahead at all the action in Round 13 and most of the chatter surrounds West Coast's clash with Geelong at Domain Stadium on Thursday night.
Forget the Dockers getting smashed against the Lions and Crows, the biggest major problem for the Dockers at the moment is Ross Lyon is a coach out of form.
Fremantle have bolstered their ruck stocks for next season by re-signing giant ruckman Aaron Sandilands for another year and offering young big man Sean Darcy a two year contract extension.
Fremantle superstar Nathan Fyfe has played the past month with a substantial chest injury that has required him to wear a protective vest to help him get through to the mid-season bye.
Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan couldn't wipe the smile off his face. "It wasn't so much the fact that we won, it was the manner that we played tonight," he said after his team's second win of the season, a 57-point thrashing of Fremantle.
There were whispers that could be an upset in the offing at the Gabba ahead of this game.
The mid-season is upon us and it's time we shone the blowtorch on the AFL coaching landscape.