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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.
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.
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|
|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 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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