The Dockers are rested, confident and fit. The Swans are battered, but resilient. These teams played out a draw at their last meeting, and the average margin of their past four matches is eight points.
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the Fremantle-Sydney preliminary final. What a match-up. This weekend is footy at its finest.
There are no late changes for either team at Patersons Stadium.
Interchange: Barlow, Suban, Ballantyne
Interchange: Cunningham, Everitt, Bird
Lee Crossley here with you this evening. Have your say on last night's result and as the game unfolds tonight. Weren't we blessed with a cracking opener to prelim finals weekend... Cats by 5pts at quarter time, Hawks by four at main break, Cats by 20 at last change then Hawks by five at the final blower thanks to a crucial clutch goal by Shaun Burgoyne in the final minutes. Travis Varcoe had a chance to put the Cats into the Granny but missed to the right. Hawks hold on in the final minute to win. Amazing scenes at the G. 85k there to see it.
That was Ryan Crowley earlier today... players no doubt getting a little toey with less than an hour until game time. Very unlucky not to come into consideration for AA team... there should be a position for the best tagger (and defensive forward for that matter) in my opinion (and the opinions of many others, I am sure). Who will Crowley go to tonight? McVeigh would be my guess after his dominant display in the win over the Blues last week.
Condolences to Charlton FC who went down by two goals to Wedderburn at Donald today in the North Central league grand final. Like many sides in country and suburban footy today, best side all year only to get done in the big one... fair to say the amber fluid will be flowing at the East Charlton and Cricket Club tonight.
Last time these two teams met it was a draw (11.4 - 70 to 9.16 - 70) at SCG in Round 8. Last time in finals resulted in a Sydney win, 127-92, in 2006 prelim at ANZ Stadium.