In their qualifying final against the Cats in Geelong, the Dockers produced a first-round upset with a 15-point victory to advance through to a home preliminary final. The official song of the club is Freo Way to Go. A view over Fremantle Oval and the surrounding buildings (c. 1910). In the post-season awards, Bowers[57] and Dana Hooker[58] came second behind Erin Phillips in the AFLW MVP award and AFL Women's best and fairest award respectively. The elimination final against eighth-placed Essendon at Subiaco Oval was then the club's biggest ever game, but ended in disappointment for the home team, with the finals experience of Essendon proving too strong for the young team. West Coast were victorious in the first nine games, before Fremantle won in round 16, 1999. Marking contest from a Fremantle Derby between South Fremantle and East Fremantle (c. 1910), Negotiations between East Fremantle and South Fremantle to enter into the VFL as a merged club began in 1987. During the 2011 off-season, Fremantle sacked coach Mark Harvey and replaced him with then-St Kilda coach Ross Lyon in controversial circumstances. Red-hot favourite I should be so Lachie in Brownlow love. Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe says he wishes he could give former teammate Lachie Neale “a big hug”, after the Brisbane star claimed the 2020 Brownlow Medal. Fremantle has reportedly told rival clubs forward Jesse Hogan is on the trade table despite having a year left to run on his contract. [54] In 2018, the Dockers hosted the first football game at Perth Stadium but will play the remainder of their home games at Fremantle Oval. Fremantle have now locked away their entire 2019 AFL Draft haul, with Michael Frederick the final young gun to sign on until the end of 2023. With just 33 seconds remaining and 80m from goal, McPharlin loaded up and pumped the ball deep into the forward 50, aiming for forward Matthew Pavlich. With the siren sounding in the background, Longmuir went back a further 30m from where he took the mark to ensure he had a suitable approach for his shot on goal. [44] The 1979 WANFL Grand Final still holds the Subiaco Oval football attendance record of 52,781.[45]. Bowers, Hooker and Gemma Houghton were all named in the AFL Women's All-Australian team. When will this year’s draft be held? [24] As a result, the club and AFL discontinued the official use of the "Dockers" nickname in 1997. It was founded in 1994 in honour of the rich footballing history associated with the Western Australian port city of Fremantle, and entered the AFL the following year, making it the second team from the state after the West Coast Eagles to be admitted to the competition.