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Dockers march towards the finals
Dockers march towards the finals

Fremantle can start thinking about the finals following their comprehensive victory over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium today.

Despite the absence of captain Matthew Pavlich, the Dockers stormed home to confirm their place in the top eight.

And, depending on other results in the last round next weekend, Fremantle could host a first-week final.

Following an extremely tight contest over the opening three quarters, the Dockers booted nine goals in a stunning final term to win 20.12 (132) to 12.7 (79).

Fremantle rested injured skipper Pavlich and in his absence the Dockers were well served by Michael Walters and Hayden Ballantyne, who kicked four goals each.

The major concern for the Dockers was a bout of concussion for Kepler Bradley.

Fremantle will play Melbourne next week in Perth and if Sydney can defeat the Cats in Geelong there is the possibility for the Dockers to finish the home-and-away rounds in sixth place on percentage.

The West Australian

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