2020 AFL preview: Fremantle Dockers team guide
A new coach often brings fresh optimism and that is the case for Fremantle this season. Can Justin Longmuir weave some magic?
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There is one thing for certain when it comes to the Dockers in 2020, they will be playing a whole new style of football.
The departed Ross Lyon had a regimented, mostly defensive style. There is already plenty of discussion about an open, offensive approach that new head coach and ex-Fremantle player Justin Longmuir plans to implement.
It is four long seasons since the Dockers last played in the finals and they are still chasing a first flag. Neither of those situations would be too likely to change in the short term, but there is hope Longmuir, Nat Fyfe et al can usher in a new, exciting era in Fremantle.
How to watch Fremantle Dockers AFL matches
Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and the AFL Live Pass 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 Collingwood in round three for example – are not on free-to-air television. In round one, the Hawks vs Brisbane Lions and North Melbourne vs St Kilda are also only on subscription services.
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/month for use on 2 devices. For $35/month you get a Premium subscription and the option of a third screen.
On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 other sports on Kayo. It also has a 14-day free trial for new users and comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.
Another viewing option is AFL Live Pass, which is free for Telstra customers. You can also buy a subscription from the App Store or Google Play. Live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display, so you are unable to watch games on your TV, laptop or tablet.
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 2020 AFL season from overseas.
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When do Fremantle Dockers play next?
The Dockers open their season on the road against Essendon at Marvel Stadium. The game gets underway at 1:45pm AEDT on Saturday 21 March. The complete AFL draw is here.
|Round||Day||Date||Match||Stadium||Kick-off (AEST)||How to watch|
|Round 1||Saturday||21/3/20||Essendon vs Fremantle||Marvel Stadium, VIC||1:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 2||Saturday||13/6/20||Brisbane Lions vs Fremantle||Gabba, QLD||1:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 3||Sunday||21/6/20||Fremantle vs Port Adelaide||Metricon Stadium, QLD||6:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 4||Saturday||27/6/20||Gold Coast Suns vs Fremantle||Metricon Stadium, QLD||7:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 5||Sunday||5/7/20||Adelaide Crows vs Fremantle||Metricon Stadium, QLD||1:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
Fremantle Dockers squad
|Player Number||Name||Position||Career Games|
|9||Blake Acres||Midfield, Forward||75|
|8||Andrew Brayshaw||Midfield, Forward||39|
|31||Liam Henry||Forward, Midfield||0|
|32||Stephen Hill||Defender, Forward||206|
|47||Jarvis Pina||Defender, Midfield||0|
|18||Darcy Tucker||Forward, Midfield||70|
|10||Michael Walters||Forward, Midfield||151|
Fremantle Dockers history
Having just contested their 25th 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. They are going through a period of transition following the retirement of the greatest ever Docker, Matthew Pavlich, and departure of long-term coach Ross Lyon.
A flag is only a distant dream right now. But if they can have a clean run with injuries – they had a wretched time getting their best players on the field in 2019 – they should be more than competitive and perhaps push for the top eight.
Image source: Fremantle Dockers team website
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