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They're keeping a lid on it down in the port city.

And you could have thrown that lid up the Cappuccino Strip yesterday and not hit an obvious Fremantle fan.

The locals seem hardly aware the Dockers had won their first final interstate and were about to set sail for Adelaide in a bid to torpedo the Crows on Saturday.

"More Fremantle businesses need to show their support for the Dockers," said Kevin Croon, whose Essex Street company The Roof and Wall Doctor is decked out in banners and purple and green balloons and streamers.

Many shops were supporting the Keep Freo in Freo campaign with purple banners but as one retailer said: "It's good for business."

Another claimed to be a big Dockers fan but couldn't name a player and didn't know they had knocked out defending premiers Geelong at the MCG on Saturday.

Not good enough, said Mr Croon, a foundation member from 1995.

"There is already a lot of enthusiasm from Freo fans but if shops encouraged their employees to wear Dockers colours, their support would spill into the whole city," he said.

Perhaps they deserve to lose the Dockers base to Cockburn, where the council put in a strong bid to lure the club.

With up to 4000 fans expected to cross the Nullarbor, the club was busy yesterday dealing with inquiries about tickets - which is controlled by the AFL - and hospitality at the Crows' AAMI Stadium.

Downtown, a nearly fruitless search finally turned up a fan in 21-year-old local Jess Lenthall, who has been a member of the purple army since she was in diapers.

"Anything is possible," she said between mouthfuls of ice cream. "We are in it with a chance and we proved that on Saturday. I know they will do us proud."

Now that's a sentiment to shout about.

The West Australian

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