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Freo, Eagles wish list
Freo, Eagles wish list

More blockbuster matches for West Coast, a Friday night Anzac fixture for Fremantle and more generous breaks between matches form the key planks of the fixture requests of WA's two AFL clubs for 2013.

West Coast have asked the AFL for more blockbuster matches as a reward for a second finals finish following their first wooden spoon two seasons ago.

The Eagles have also requested a home game in next year's annual indigenous round, which they will dedicate to raising money for the David Wirrpanda Foundation.

Chief executive Trevor Nisbett said though the club had been prepared for a fixturing fall-out from their poor performance in 2010, it was now optimistic that more of its requests would be granted, including fewer interstate night games.

The club had also asked for three home-and-away matches at the MCG.

Last night's game against Hawthorn was just the Eagles' second at the venue this season.

"Hopefully we'll get some more marquee games," Nisbett said.

"We were fortunate this year with the Collingwood game at home and we had Geelong on a Friday night, but we'd like to get more Friday nights at home if we could.

"I don't envy the fixturing job because you can't satisfy 18 clubs, you've just got to try and do your best. You've also got to satisfy the broadcasters and the sponsors. But in the end, the better you play, you do get the opportunity to get more marquee games on a bigger platform and on a bigger stage.

"When you're playing poorly, it's very hard to put your hand up and ask for a Friday night game at home."

Fremantle, back in the finals after a year out, have put up their hand for their annual Len Hall game commemoration of Anzac Day to be a Friday night game on April 26.

The Dockers have also asked the AFL to recognise the club's travel burden by scheduling fewer six-day breaks between matches in 2013. They had six such breaks this year.

Chief executive Steve Rosich echoed Nisbett's sentiments in the difficulties the AFL faced in pleasing 18 clubs, but he said getting a better deal in the gap between matches was the club's highest priority, and the Len Hall game remained a pivotal match.

The Dockers also asked for a "good spread" of games in Victoria, hoping for three games at the MCG and three at Etihad Stadium.

They played twice at the MCG in the 2012 home-and-away season and three times at Etihad. They were 1-1 at the MCG and won all three of their games at Etihad.

Nisbett said West Coast were hopeful of getting their indigenous-round fixture on the weekend that Essendon and Richmond played their annual "Dreamtime at the G" match. If it was not granted, the Eagles would pursue a home game during NAIDOC Week in July for their fundraising venture with the Wirrpanda Foundation.

The West Australian

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