2021 AFL preview: Fremantle Dockers team guide

Can the Dockers break into the top 8 this year after clearing out some dead wood?

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Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe clearly has high hopes heading into the new season. "We invested heavily in the draft and our time's coming," he said. He also warned footy fans, "don't sleep on the Dockers".

There hasn't been much player movement at the Dockers, who have invested their resources into the draft as they build for the future. Letting Jesse Hogan walk out the door is a positive move as Freo continue to develop their youngsters.

Fremantle open their season against Melbourne at the MCG before they host the Giants. The Dockers should improve again this year. Wth 11 games at home, they will pick up plenty of wins but probably not enough to make the finals.

How to watch Fremantle Dockers AFL matches

Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are all options for viewing AFL games this coming season. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.

Fremantle and West Coast matches are shown in Western Australia on either 7 or 7mate. But a number of huge matches involving interstate sides – Hawthorn vs Richmond in round two for example – are not on free-to-air television.

Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports have every game of the home and away season live and of those, Kayo is the most affordable. A Basic subscription starts from $25 a month for use on two devices. For $35 a month you get a Premium subscription and the option of a third screen.


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Watch Fremantle Dockers matches overseas

If you are out of Australia during the season, you can still catch the Dockers in action. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.

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When do Fremantle Dockers play next?

The Dockers open their season on the road against Melbourne at the MCG. The game gets underway at 1:45pm AEDT on Saturday 20 March. The complete AFL draw is here.

Round Date Match Stadium Opening bounce (AEST) How to watch
Round 1 Saturday, 20 March Melbourne vs Fremantle MCG, VIC 1:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 2 Sunday, 28 March Fremantle vs GWS Giants Optus Stadium, WA 6:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 3 Sunday, 4 April Carlton vs Fremantle Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 4 Sunday, 11 April Fremantle vs Hawthorn Optus Stadium, WA 5:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 5 Sunday, 18 April Adelaide Crows vs Fremantle Adelaide Oval, SA 2:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 6 Friday, 23 April Fremantle vs North Melbourne Optus Stadium, WA 9:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 7 Saturday, 1 May Western Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Optus Stadium, WA 4:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 8 Sunday, 9 May Fremantle vs Brisbane Lions Optus Stadium, WA 4:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 9 Sunday, 16 May Essendon vs Fremantle Marvel Stadium, VIC 1:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 10 Saturday, 22 May Fremantle vs Sydney Swans Optus Stadium, WA 7:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 11 Sunday, 30 May Port Adelaide vs Fremantle Adelaide Oval, SA 5:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 12 Sunday, 6 June Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs Optus Stadium, WA 6:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 15 Saturday ,26 June Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers MCG, VIC 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 17 Saturday ,10 July Hawthorn Hawks vs Fremantle Dockers MCG, VIC 12:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 19 Sunday ,25 July Sydney Swans vs Fremantle Dockers SCG, NSW 12:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel

Fremantle Dockers squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
9 Blake Acres Midfield, Forward 75
11 James Aish Defender 82
41 Bailey Banfield Forward 27
34 Brett Bewley Forward 7
19 Connor Blakely Defender 60
8 Andrew Brayshaw Midfield, Forward 39
38 Isaiah Butters Forward 0
35 Jason Carter Defender 2
5 Adam Cerra Defender 41
33 Travis Colyer Forward 97
6 Reece Conca Midfield 126
36 Brennan Cox Forward 34
12 Mitchell Crowden Forward 14
4 Sean Darcy Ruck 26
17 Hugh Dixon Forward 1
44 Taylin Duman Defender 24
43 Minairo Frederick Forward 0
7 Nathan Fyfe Midfield 173
42 Stefan Giro Midfield 10
21 Joel Hamling Defender 85
31 Liam Henry Forward, Midfield 0
32 Stephen Hill Defender, Forward 206
1 Jesse Hogan Forward 83
15 Ethan Hughes Defender 50
37 Rory Lobb Ruck 89
2 Griffin Logue Defender 23
3 Brandon Matera Forward 139
23 Cameron McCarthy Forward 69
30 Lloyd Meek Ruck 0
16 David Mundy Midfield 316
24 Thomas North Midfield 0
46 Dillon O'Reilly Defender 0
25 Alex Pearce Defender 53
47 Jarvis Pina Defender, Midfield 0
13 Luke Ryan Defender 49
28 Lachlan Schultz Forward 7
22 Caleb Serong Midfield 0
27 Sam Sturt Forward 0
39 Sam Switkowski Forward 20
20 Matthew Taberner Forward 71
48 Leno Thomas Defender 0
18 Darcy Tucker Forward, Midfield 70
29 Luke Valente Midfield 0
10 Michael Walters Forward, Midfield 151
45 Tobe Watson Defender 0
14 Nathan Wilson Defender 116
26 Hayden Young Defender 0

Fremantle Dockers history

Having just contested their 26th season in the AFL after being added to the competition in 1995, the Dockers are still chasing that elusive premiership.

The closest they came was in 2013 when they made it all the way to the grand final, losing to Hawthorn.

A flag is only a distant dream right now. In 2020 they finished 12th (7-10 record). However they finished with a bang, winning five of their last eight games. It may take another two or three years before they build into a genuine premiership force.

Image source: Fremantle Dockers team website

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