Aaron Sandilands says Fremantle is looking forward to the challenge of taking on a strong Geelong midfield in Sunday’s annual Starlight Purple Haze Game, proudly presented by Fremantle Ports.
The clash at Domain Stadium is Fremantle’s 500th in the AFL competition, and will be headlined by the respective midfields of both sides.
“We understand that (Geelong) has one of the best midfields in the comp,” Sandilands said.
“We know we’re going to have our work cut out for us, but it’s a great opportunity to take these guys on.”
As Freo’s number one ruckman, Sandilands is looking forward to influencing a midfield battle that is spearheaded by the AFL’s two most recent Brownlow Medallists in Nat Fyfe and Patrick Dangerfield.
“It’ll be exciting to see (Fyfe and Dangerfield) line up against each other.
“For all AFL fans it’s good to see those two come together and go head to head, and it’ll be nice to have a front row seat.”
As a Starlight Purple Haze Ambassador, the game has a special significance for Sandilands, with Fremantle using their first home game of the season to raise funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
During the past 15 years, Fremantle has raised more than a million dollars for Starlight.
“It’s a great occasion for us, and we’re all looking forward to seeing everyone in purple on Sunday,” Sandilands said.
“It’s something that’s grown over the years, and Starlight’s a pretty special charity to be involved with – just to be able to put a smile on some of the kids’ faces going through a tough time, and giving back is a big thing for the footy club.”
Sandilands and many of his teammates will be showing support on their boots, by wearing specially made Starlight shoelaces.
“I’m looking forward to having the stars on my shoelaces,” Sandilands said.
“I’ve laced taken them for a couple runs and they feel pretty good.”
The Fremantle Dockers Foundation is proud to have the Starlight Children's Foundation on board as a Principal 'Friend of the Foundation’