WHERE AND WHEN: Optus Stadium, Sunday, May 27, 2.40pm AWST
North Melbourne is the next challenger to step up to the plate and attempt what no interstate team has been able to do since Sydney in round one by knocking over a WA club at Optus Stadium, this Sunday against Fremantle. The in-form Kangaroos will back themselves, too, after an impressive thumping of Greater Western Sydney, a close loss to Richmond and a tight win over the Swans at the SCG in recent weeks. With Coleman Medal leader Ben Brown in outstanding touch, a lockdown tagger in Ben Jacobs who could target Nat Fyfe and a watertight defence (AFL No.1), North shapes as the toughest opponent the Dockers have faced at home, not including West Coast in the round six Western Derby. With their season teetering at 4-5, the Dockers will be desperate to defend their home turf after another disappointing road loss against the Swans.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R16, 2017, Fremantle 3.8 (86) d North Melbourne 12.10 (82) at Etihad Stadium
R5, 2017, Fremantle 9.13 (67) d North Melbourne 9.8 (62) at Subiaco Oval
R4, 2016, North Melbourne 20.12 (132) d Fremantle 14.17 (101) at Etihad Stadium
R21, 2015, North Melbourne 14.10 (94) d Fremantle 12.11 (83) at Etihad Stadium
R8, 2015, Fremantle 17.13 (115) d North Melbourne 5.12 (42) at Subiaco Oval
Father Dougal’s Tip: Dockers at home, enough to push them over the edge against the Roos. Fremantle by 12
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