Round 8 marked the thirty-third Western Derby between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles. This game is the showpiece for Western Australian football fans with Fremantle having won the last seven meetings between the two teams. West Coast dominated in the early years winning the first nine games. A near capacity crowd of 40,567 had great expectations of a home team (Eagles) win, but before the ball had been bounced they were in for some disappointing news.
Since 2005 the Western Bulldogs have had the wood on Fremantle. The last time they played, Barry Hall sunk the Dockers almost single-handedly, booting a bagful of goals to help the Bulldogs run out 82 point winners. Big Barry was back in Perth again and no matter where they are on the Ladder, the Bulldogs always give a good account of themselves at the large Patersons Stadium.
Fremantle has demolished the North Melbourne Kangaroos in three out of their last four games played, the most recent time by 61 points. North has traveled to Perth twice in the last month to play in very hot conditions.
Geelong outlasted the Fremantle Dockers at Patersons Stadium in Round 2 to come away with an 11 point win. The Dockers were the architects of their own defeat, kicking themselves out of the game by managing only three goals 9 points after half time.
Chris Scott, twin brother of North Melbourne's Brad Scott, has been appointed as the new coach of Geelong. Scott edged out assistant coach Brenton Sanderson, who was favored by departed coach Mark Thompson, and Ken Hinkley.
Friday night in Melbourne during September's AFL Finals football and the place to be is the home of football, the MCG. The Geelong Cats were raging favorites, and underdogs the Fremantle Dockers were playing just their first game of the season at the G.
In a stunning form reversal from the last time the two sides played in Round 21, the Fremantle Dockers won the second Elimination Final against Hawthorn at Subiaco Oval.
In the second Elimination Final, the Hawthorn Hawks traveled west to take on the Fremantle Dockers. Paul Hasleby, who announced his retirement effective from the end of the season, was a surprise omission from the side.
A sell out crowd was treated to an enthralling Round 22 battle between two teams vying to end the home and away season on a triumphant note with a home Final the prize for the winner.
North Melbourne entered their Round 21 game against West Coast knowing their chances of playing Finals had slipped away the day before when Hawthorn trounced their opponents to take a hold on eighth position. As for the Eagles, their only motivation was to give themselves a chance of getting off the bottom of the Ladder.