Brendon Ah Chee needed an injury crisis to get his chance but he grabbed it with both hands today to be an unlikely spark for a depleted but resilient West Coast against Hawthorn.
Good football teams win wherever they play. Under that theory, the West Coast Eagles are yet to prove that they are a good football team.
Injury has forced changes at both West Coast and Fremantle for tomorrow’s games against Hawthorn and Brisbane respectively.
West Coast’s premiership player Liam Duggan will miss at least the next four weeks, adding to the Eagles’ growing injury list.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson is wary of a depleted West Coast outfit after their western derby resurgence, as he eyes the returns of a couple of his own stars for Sunday’s clash at the MCG.
The Dockers, who haven’t played finals football since finishing as minor premiers in 2015, now have the second-hardest run home of any AFL side — behind only ladder leaders Melbourne.
Marc McGowan and Catherine Healey
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said Tom Lynch’s stalled entry into the match against Hawthorn went “exactly as planned” - despite it taking 13 minutes for the sub to take the field.
Geelong star Mitch Duncan is free to face West Coast this weekend while AFL legend Dermott Brereton has slammed the Tim Kelly collision with Jordan De Goey.
Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe has admitted he had a couple beers before he headed back out onto Optus Stadium to practice his goal kicking last weekend.
Fremantle star David Mundy met with Hawthorn about a return to his home State in 2014, according to his former coach Ross Lyon.
Mitchell Lewis has been slapped with a one-match ban for striking Caleb Serong, while Jaegar O’Meara escaped with a fine for his elbow on the young Freo midfielder.
Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy played one of the best games of his career to help Freo over the line, while a triple premiership winner was kept very quiet.
Fremantle struggled with their radar - led by 0.6 from skipper Nat Fyfe - but showed courage and maturity to hold off several Hawthorn pushes to grind out a 15-point triumph.
How would you sum up that hard-fought, arm wrestle win over Hawthorn? Here’s our three-word analysis of every Docker.
It has taken nine AFL seasons for Jaeger O’Meara to turn the football cycle from Rising Star, via fallen star, to just bona fide star.
A pesky pigeon has caused a stir at the MCG, after refusing to budge from the centre of the ground during the Hawthorn-Geelong Easter Monday clash.
After 369 matches at the helm of Hawthorn, four-time premiership-winning coach Alastair Clarkson has used a line he probably never thought he’d say.
Sydney officials hope this time will be different, but accept he will need to be monitored closely for the rest of his playing days. The critics need to see the evidence on-field.
Richmond’s David Astbury is free to face Hawthorn in round two after his striking charge ended in a fine.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Western Bulldogs counterpart Luke Beveridge is on his own with his opposition to the AFL’s new medical substitute rule.
Oliver Caffrey and Anna Harrington
Jeremy Cameron’s first game in Geelong colours is on hold after a hamstring setback, but WA rookie Tyler Brockman won’t have to wait after getting the green light to debut this weekend for Hawthorn.
Jon Ralph & Jay Clark
A quartet of ex-AFL players have recently signed in the Perth Football League in a massive boost for the competition’s 100th season.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson believes a five-goal lead going into the last final quarter will be ‘nothing now’ with the AFL’s rule changes to drastically speed up the game in 2021.
Tyler Brockman seems to have done everything right since arriving at Hawthorn with the explosive small forward managing three early goals and the praise of coach Alastair Clarkson.
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