With pre-season in the rear-view mirror and a competitive showing by those playing for Peel Thunder, the Freo Dockers have a substantial list to select from ahead of their season opener against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.
Before you pick your Best 22, here are some of the players who could receive the call for senior selection:
With Harley Bennell sidelined with a calf, Pearce becomes Freo’s best performer out of those who played in the for Peel Thunder last week. Pearce collected 32 disposals and delivered the ball inside 50 on five occasions in the loss to Subiaco.
Matt de Boer
De Boer had 26 touches for Peel and provided his renowned pressure on the ball carrier as he finished with eight tackles as well. The tough midfielder impressed in the WAFL, but didn’t play against Geelong in Freo’s last pre-season game.
Clarke made his first appearance of 2016 against Geelong in the final NAB Challenge game and was dominant in the WAFL as he registered 35 hit outs and kicked two goals. With the absence of Aaron Sandilands to suspension, Clarke is a good chance to play against the Bulldogs on Sunday.
PICK YOUR BEST 22
Weller performed admirably in his second pre-season at the club, and continued his good form with a 21 disposal, two-goal performance in the WAFL last week. Weller played minimal time against Geelong in Freo’s final pre-season game, which may play a factor when selecting the final team against the Bulldogs.
Silvagni had a very strong pre-season and with a formidable Bulldogs attack on the cards on Sunday, his ability to play on small and tall players could be invaluable. The reliable defender had 17 disposals and took 10 marks for Peel last weekend.
Blakely performed admirably in Freo’s pre-season contests and was one of Peel’s most prolific ball winners with 25 disposals against Subiaco. While the second year player has increased his size and ball winning ability over the off-season, he didn’t play in Freo’s final pre-season game against Geelong.