When and Where: Optus Stadium, Monday 10 August at 8:40pm (AEST)
Last time they met: Rd 17: Hawthorn 12.12 (84) def Fremantle 8.5 (53) in Launceston.
What it means to Fremantle: While they are technically a chance to make the top 8, this is more a case of a bottom 8 side needing to show something to prove they are improving. After defeating the Pies last week, the Dockers’ fans would be relatively happy, so make that back-to-back wins (especially against a team they rarely defeat) and it will be all the sweeter.
What is means to Hawthorn: The Hawks sucked really badly for weeks before a weird come-from-behind win last week (pre-bye). That win gave them a brief reprieve from the ‘Dad’s army’ jokes but the media will be happy to sink the boot in if they produce more rubbish footy tonight.
Supercoach Watch: There are a few big names playing tonight, none bigger than Nat Fyfe, Tom Mitchell and Caleb Serong. A few unhappy coaches may be holding Wingard, Worpell and the injured Walters.
Thommo Watch: My man-crush was on hiatus early in the season but Tommy Mitchell is starting to earn back my love in recent weeks. Go Tommy!
Thommo’s Tip: This one is tough! If the good Hawks turn up, they might sneak a win but more likely Fremantle by 10 points.
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