On a day when Essendon's season looks certain to crash, Fremantle and West Coast both find themselves in interesting territory.
For the Dockers, it's the high road, but for their cross-town rivals it's an off ramp.
Fremantle's fairytale season continued on Saturday night.
Not that they weren't expected to win, it was just the way they took care of business against Port Adelaide.
The Power are no slouches when it comes to hard work but Fremantle's biggest mistake seemed to be they didn't take their opposition lightly enough.
Ross Lyon's team was relentless going forward and back. They could have been forgiven for taking a few short-cuts but they are just too well drilled for such things.
Bad habits so close to finals time were of no interest to them.
It was a performance that really got footy people on the east coast talking.
Yesterday I lost count of how many good judges were keen to tell me how they now rate them as a real "Premiership threat".
By contrast, those same good judges were also making unfavourable comparisons with the Eagles.
Friday night's loss to Collingwood simply put an exclamation mark to the season.
The club is now talking of a review but I'm not sure what that's likely to achieve.
In the space of a week John Worsfold's plan to continue as coach has been thrown into question.
He's been let down by a group of players who unlike the Dockers appear more than happy for a short-cut or two.In the space of six days they really short-changed their coach just when he needed them most.