The West Australian Ranks All 364 Players in Western Derby History

The West Australian ranks all 364 players in the Western Derby, as Fremantle and West Coast prepare to face off. Fremantle aims to extend their 5-game winning streak, while West Coast looks to build on their first win of the season.

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The West Australian Ranks All 364 Players in Western Derby History

The West Australian Ranks All 364 Players in Western Derby History

The West Australian has ranked all 364 West Coast and Fremantle players who have played in a western derby AFL match. The rankings come as the two teams prepare to face off in the latest installment of the derby at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir is confident his team has learned vital lessons from their recent pair of heartbreaking losses and is urging them to generate more scoring opportunities. The Dockers have been the league's best defensive side in 2024 but are ranked just 12th in attack. The return of ruckman Sean Darcy is expected to provide a boost to their scoring output.

West Coast enters the derby riding high after securing their first win of the season last week. The barnstorming form of fit-again veteran Elliot Yeo and the rapid emergence of No. 1 draft pick Harley Reid have helped transform the Eagles' midfield into a strength.

Fremantle star Luke Jackson is confident he can help increase the Dockers' scoring by returning to the forward line on Saturday night. It will mark the first time this season that coach Longmuir has been able to deploy both Darcy and Jackson in the same team. Jackson said he is ready to provide another tall target in attack while also restarting his dangerous ruck partnership with Darcy.

Why this matters: The western derby is one of the marquee rivalries in the AFL, and the rankings of all 364 players to have competed in the match provide a comprehensive historical perspective. The current form and team news for West Coast and Fremantle add intrigue and stakes to Saturday night's clash.

Fremantle has won the past five derbies and is the heavy favorite to extend that streak to six, continuing a recent trend of one team dominating the other in the rivalry. The Dockers will look to capitalize on a significant edge in experience, with West Coast fielding a young lineup. Longmuir's focus is on his team making the most of their opportunities after a dominant second quarter against Port Adelaide last week that saw them control the contest but manage only three goals.

Key Takeaways

  • The West Australian ranked all 364 players in western derby AFL matches.
  • Fremantle coach Longmuir aims to generate more scoring opportunities for his team.
  • West Coast enters the derby on a high after securing their first win.
  • Fremantle's Luke Jackson to return to the forward line, pairing with Darcy.
  • Fremantle has won the past 5 derbies and is the heavy favorite to extend the streak.