I have seen all the previews so far, they are all good, Now I have to live up to the high standards. Its 5:15 am SA time, I dont care what time it is in WA. this will be an epic preview. I have been a long suffering freo supporter since 2001. So lets get this show on the road shall we. I just had half a bottle of Jim Beam and drunk off my bloody guts so lets bloody do this! I have learnt many things in life. One is to never underestimate your opponents. Especially at a pub. Warning about this clip below... graphic image... WARNING!.... Vision a boot blade to the bloody balls! Now for the serious bit.... Yeah Its carlton, they should not be underestimated. Our last clash vs Carlton was round 5 2016, I still remember watching this at my local drinking hole in SA called the Exeter pub. Tabs attempted mark which could of been pavs goal and Maynes face when he kicked a goal after the siren as we lost by under a goal. Round 5 2016, was the day that Fyfe, was injured. And didn't play after round 5 2016. It hurt like a psychological reverse boot blade to the bloody balls and our season rotted away slowly. It hurt and you don't want to feel that pain ever again. Now its round 9 2017, what has changed... At freo, Matthew Pavlich, A freo and AFL legend retired after 352 games and 700 goals. Mayne left and headed to collingwood yet Freo got a compo pick and used it on Brad Hill. clancee pearce and Michael Barlow left. Matt Deboer and Tendai Mzungu busted their bums for 100 games each and are in the other side on the country on GWSs list. on the other hand... McCarthy Fled that prison known as GWS, Kersten Fled Geelongistan, Brad Hill fled hawthornistan after 3 flags because family meant more than winning flag and Joel Hamling fled the dogs despite a premiership medal around his neck. All 4 men fled the eastern states and went back home To Gods green Earth known as Fremantle. this time last year, Freo are 0-8, shot with confidence, crippled with injuries with little to no leadership and unsure where that elusive win was going to come. In 2017, freo have 5 wins and 3 losses. 2 losses to Geelongistan and Port Followed by wins over the Dogs, Demons and Roos. a Loss to the scum coast Led by the AFLs Equivalent of toughman tony Abbott in Jack Darling. Then a win vs Essendon and then a thrilling win over the tigers that don't like Mundy (mornings). The teams aren't name yet. But I dont care. I will back Ross Lyon to choose 22 Purple warriors to fight for a noble cause. 22 Soldiers that will fight the devil, to pump blood for this purple heart, 22 Worthy warriors on a noble task. 22 knights in shining armour. To give the dockers to pursue that elusive and ultimate prize. Yes its at subiaco, its time to rally the troops. I will say one thing, win lose, draw or tank, we will go the distance... yeah, not too many freo supporters are Michael Bolton fans... But this song sums it up for me. Its called Go The Distance. I have often dreamed of a far off place Where a hero's welcome would be waiting for me Where the crowds will cheer when they see my face And a voice keeps saying, this is where I'm meant to be I'll be there someday, I can go the distance I will find my way if I can be strong I know every mile, will be worth my while When I go the distance, I'll be right where I belong Down an unknown road to embrace my fate Though that road may wander, it will lead me to you And a thousand years would be worth the wait It might take a lifetime but somehow I'll see it through And I won't look back, I can go the distance And I'll stay on track, no, I won't accept defeat It's an uphill slope but I won't lose hope 'Til I go the distance, and my journey is complete But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part For a hero's strength is measured by his heart Like a shooting star, I will go the distance I will search the world, I will face its harms I don't care how far, I can go the distance 'Til I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms I will search the world, I will face its harms 'Til I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms Win, Lose, draw or tank, I will support this club until the last drop of my blood exits by god damn body. Freomaniacs Memorable moment: Round 22: 2010 There were many freo wins vs carlton. But this one stood out. We got pumped by the Hawks in our typical trip to tassie resting 11 players including Matthew Pavlich. We got copped by the Victorian Media. Ironic... we got copped crap for allegedly tanking one game in 2010. Our opponents in carlton were alledgy "tanking" from 2005-7. Last round of 2010 had something on the line. YES freo had already had a finals spot. A win vs John Elliots army meant we got a home final. Yeah it was tough, it was close, it was a struggle. But I wouldn't have it any other way. Life wasn't meant to be easy, It wasn't meant to be fair either. Freo won 13.15.93 to 13.9.87. This meant a Rematch vs the hawks on the 1st round of the finals, But it was at subiaco oval, Freo won that day then lost next week to Geelong in a semi final at the MCG. How will Freo win this? Backline: Back 6 has had mixed results, Ibbo, Spurr have had their moments. Logue had a few games there. Tucker has slowly developed. Hamling and Johnson has stood tall as KPDs. Midfield: Brad hill has been nothing short but brilliant. He created a domino effect, in a positive way. He added pace in a slow midfield. His kicking has been good passing it to the likes of Kersten, McCarthy, walters and Langdon. Fyfe has gone back to his best, similar to when he won a brownlow too. Lachie Never ceases to amaze me. Forward line: Its been different. Pavs retired, Ballantyne has done his hamstring. Kersten and McCarthy were the 2 main talls in the 1st few rounds. Then tabs has got hands of stone and caught everything left right and centre. Walters and Langdon have busted their guts out too. We are not reliant on one guy but share the load with 4-5 blokes up forward. Thats a good thing. Freo are not the team like 2016, crippled with injury or shot with confidence. freo will go in as warm favourites. I wouldn't be surprised if freo win this in a close game. I wouldn't be surprised if freo lose this narrowly either. Win, lose, draw or tank, I expect all 22 players to put in 100% of their blood, sweat and tears of this game. Prediction: Dockers by 20 points.