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Dockers, Eagles break six-year drought
Dockers, Eagles break six-year drought

Weekend wins by Fremantle and West Coast have secured a finals berth for both WA teams - for the first time in six years.

And the chance of a first derby final is still a possibility - which is not good news for Eagles members.

Although it would technically be an Eagles home match, tickets would be shared 50-50 by the two clubs' members.

Another amazing scenario is the prospect of both WA teams hosting a final, with a rugby union Test match to be played in between.

Fremantle qualified for their fourth finals series with a 53-point win over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium yesterday. The win saw them leapfrog North Melbourne into seventh place on the ladder. Fremantle play Melbourne next at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night.

If they thrash Melbourne, Geelong lose to Sydney and North Melbourne either lose to Greater Western Sydney or don't win by a huge margin, the Dockers can finish sixth and host a final.

The derby final remains a possibility even though West Coast moved into the top four by thrashing Collingwood at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night.

Depending on other results,the Eagles can finish as high as third if they beat Hawthorn but would most likely be fourth. They would have to travel interstate for the first week of the finals but would be guaranteed a match in Perth the next time they played.

A loss to the Hawks would see West Coast slip to fifth and they could then play Fremantle if the Dockers finish eighth.

The West Australian

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