WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Sunday, July 29, 2.40pm AWST
Facing Fremantle at Optus Stadium will be a tricky proposition for any opponent on the run home and Hawthorn won’t want to take the Dockers lightly on Sunday. The Hawks are holding onto eighth spot by a fingernail courtesy of a thumping win over wooden-spoon favourite Carlton. With finals rivals Essendon and Geelong to come, Alastair Clarkson’s outfit must avoid a slip-up in Perth or else things could get excruciatingly tense at the business end of the campaign. Freo is out of the finals equation after losing to Essendon but will want to finish the year strongly, especially at home, and needs another win to match last year’s tally of eight victories. The Dockers are still missing superstar Nat Fyfe (hamstring), while Hawks ruckman Ben McEvoy’s (cheekbone) absence could be sorely felt if Freo regains veteran big man Aaron Sandilands (calf) and Sean Darcy (groin). And could this be the round Freo finally unleashes Harley Bennell after another starring WAFL performance?
LAST FIVE TIMES
R18, 2017, Hawthorn 15.10 (100) d Fremantle 7.6 (48) at Subiaco Oval
R8, 2016, Hawthorn 17.14 (116) d Fremantle 11.9 (75) at University of Tasmania Stadium
1PF, 2015, Hawthorn 15.4 (94) d Fremantle 10.7 (67) at Subiaco Oval
R15, 2015, Hawthorn 17.13 (115) d Fremantle 6.7 (43) at University of Tasmania Stadium
R21, 2014, Fremantle 17.8 (110) d Hawthorn 13.13 (91) at Subiaco Oval
FD’s Tip: Hawks by 12.
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