Hill v Hill as cousins clash
Stephen Hill. Pic: Getty Images

Derbies have a habit of dividing families, but when West Coast and Fremantle run on to Patersons Stadium tomorrow it will be one of the few times that Josh and Stephen Hill are in the same place at the same time.

Second cousins, the Hills have rarely had the opportunity to enjoy each other's company.

Josh left WA to play for the Western Bulldogs when Stephen was 16 so the next opportunity to catch up was when the Docker made his debut against the Dogs in round one of 2009.

They made a beeline for each other after the round nine derby and Josh said he was keen to establish a relationship with the Fremantle star now they were both living in WA.

"We're going to try and catch up every now and then," he said. "I know he's busy with his footy and I'm busy, so we'll try and stay close. We've got a pretty big family.

"I didn't see him much before I got drafted but we'll try and start a bit of a thing there.

"Being able to play against him and have a family rivalry, I know I'll definitely enjoy it."

Josh holds a 3-1 advantage in games against Stephen and is determined to increase that winning margin tomorrow after returning from a hamstring injury against Brisbane last Sunday.

Josh Hill. Pic: Sharon Smith/WA News

Hill's four goals continued his strong form and took take his tally to 30 majors this season - just three behind his career-best year of 2009.

West Coast's potent forward line was on show in the 98-point thrashing of Brisbane with Jack Darling booting five goals, Ashton Hams and Nic Naitanui three, Dean Cox two and Quinten Lynch one.

Hill said missing the losses to Sydney and Adelaide had been frustrating because the Eagles had been without most of their forwards, his contribution against the Lions giving him a boost in confidence.

"The Sydney game really hit me pretty hard, sitting up in the stands, and it just showed that we had pretty tough competition and we were lacking that forward pressure that we're normally known for," he said.

"It's good to get our confidence back up leading into this week. The Dockers have been pretty good the last few weeks so it'll be a tough contest, but we're definitely looking forward to it."

Hill played in four finals for the Bulldogs, including a preliminary final, but said he always wanted to experience the derby hype.

He received votes in the AFL Coaches' Association award for kicking 3.4 from 18 disposals in round nine and said playing that game had been a dream come true.

"Living over in Melbourne, I was watching all the derbies and definitely wanted to be a part of it," he said.

The West Australian

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