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Fremantle fans are rightly getting giddy with a home preliminary final to come and a place in the 2013 grand final the reward.

Routine wins for WA's two AFL sides over the weekend while at the top Essendon and Geelong made it six of the best.

The Eagles won at a canter yesterday against a poor Western Bulldogs side, whose progress is slow. Being able to get Nic Naitanui and Sharrod Wellingham their first action of the season was a real bonus for coach John Worsfold, who needed a result like this after his side's slow start to the season.

Fremantle earned deserved praise from their coach Ross Lyon after keeping Gold Coast at arm's length for all of Saturday's encounter. Michael Walters took the game away from the Suns in the third term and Ryan Crowley again showed he was no joke with a great tagging job on Gary Ablett, particularly early on.

Geelong gave Richmond a glimpse of how far they still have to travel to be a top side, while Essendon's remarkable season threatened to take the most unexpected turn of all when bottom club GWS stormed out of the blocks. But the Bombers clicked and deservedly stayed top.

Hawthorn, unbeaten since round one, joined third-placed Port Adelaide on 20 points, while at the MCG Collingwood had a lot of the ball but were pushed all the way by St Kilda on Friday. The Dockers will give the Pies a thorough examination in Perth on Saturday night.

Much to get through so get your comments and questions in for Channel Seven's Adrian Barich and we'll kick off at 10.30am.

The West Australian

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