Venue: Etihad Stadium at 1:10pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R5, 2017, Fremantle 9.13 (67) d North Melbourne 9.8 (62) at Domain
R4, 2016, North Melbourne 20.12 (132) d Fremantle 14.17 (101) at Etihad
R21, 2015, North Melbourne 14.10 (94) d Fremantle 12.11 (83) at Etihad
R8, 2015, Fremantle 17.13 (115) d North Melbourne 5.12 (42) at Domain
R6, 2014, North Melbourne 10.14 (74) d Fremantle 8.13 (61) at Domain
Game notes: You can’t rewrite history, but North Melbourne will want to redeem itself for its round five fadeout in Perth against the Dockers. That night, the Roos blew a 29-point third-quarter lead to go down in one of four 2017 defeats by five points or fewer. Their season is shot as far as finals are concerned, but coach Brad Scott will be eager to find out which players will be key pillars in the future. Barring a draw – not inconceivable between clubs familiar with tight affairs – one of North or Fremantle will end a lengthy losing streak. The Roos have conceded four straight; the Dockers five. Michael Walters is in blazing form for Freo and North regains Ben Cunnington, but each team is minus star power. Aaron Sandilands is gone for the season and the Roos will be without Jarrad Waite for a month.
Hutta’s Tip: North by 15 points.
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