Fremantle will look to get some valuable game time into Bailey Banfield and Josh Treacy at WAFL level on Saturday as they sweat on the fitness of their key forwards for next weekend’s cut-throat elimination final against the Western Bulldogs.
It comes as Peel get set to face a stern test in Mandurah, with opponents West Coast to field their strongest WAFL side of the season after naming 14 AFL-listed players.
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Fremantle have released Darcy Tucker, Lloyd Meek and Banfield to suit up for the Thunder after playing in the Dockers’ win over Greater Western Sydney, while emergency Ethan Hughes and forward Treacy have been named among 15 Freo players.
Fringe Docker Banfield will get a chance to put his hand up for selection against the Bulldogs, having been in Fremantle’s 23-man line-up for all bar one AFL game this season.
He had just five touches in the final round against GWS and is in need of game time after being the sub twice in his past three games.
Tucker was the unused medical sub against the Giants, while Meek will likely only play in the final if Griffin Logue (groin), Matt Taberner (calf) or Rory Lobb (shoulder) aren’t fit to play.
Treacy will play for the first time since July 23 after battling a viral illness and is unlikely to be in the frame for AFL selection, having not played the last of his four games for the Dockers this season in round nine.
Draftee wingman Karl Worner has been dropped back to the reserves, while out-of-favour midfielder Connor Blakely will miss because of illness.
The Eagles have not hesitated in testing some of their fringe players, despite their dismal AFL season being well and truly over, in their final two WAFL games.
Out-of-contract Eagle Jackson Nelson heads a list of experienced and young West Coast players to feature just hours after they wrap up 2022 with Friday’s John Worsfold Medal presentation night.
Josh Rotham, Luke Foley and Sam Petrevski-Seton have been named in defence, while Nelson, Jai Culley, Patrick Naish, Bailey Williams, Zane Trew, Greg Clark and Xavier O’Neill will run through the midfield.
Isiah Winder and Hugh Dixon, who are also without a contract for 2023, will play up forward alongside draftee Jack Williams and Zac Langdon as they try to deliver a second victory for the WAFL Eagles.
As touted earlier in the week, Fremantle have resisted the urge to get game time into out-of-form captain Nat Fyfe in the seconds.
But they’ve not hesitated to test a number of players ahead of their first finals campaign since 2015.
EVERY AFL-LISTED PLAYER FOR SATURDAY
- Bailey Banfield
- Josh Treacy
- Darcy Tucker
- Ethan Hughes
- Lloyd Meek
- Jye Amiss
- Matt Johnson
- Neil Erasmus
- Travis Colyer
- Liam Henry
- Nathan Wilson
- Mitch Crowden
- Sam Sturt
- Joel Hamling
- Joel Western
- Jackson Nelson
- Josh Rotham
- Luke Foley
- Sam Petrevski-Seton
- Zac Langdon
- Bailey Williams
- Greg Clark
- Xavier O’Neill
- Jai Culley
- Isiah Winder
- Patrick Naish
- Jack Williams
- Hugh Dixon
- Zane Trew