Fremantle are playing Melbourne in Darwin this week. None of that makes any sense. But the way the AFL are running the fixtures, just be thankful it's on a Saturday night and not 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon. After limping into the midseason bye, Fremantle supporters are excited about all the players who will be returning to the side this week, fresh from the break and fully recovered from their injuries. Of course, Fremantle supporters are a very optimistic group of people who are uniquely resilient to constant disappointment. Michael Barlow was in earlier in the week but he's out again now, Jon Griffin is back after recovering from a hamstring virus which means Zac Clarke and Jack Hannath are out because we don't want to get silly playing tall blokes. Ed Langon is back, presumably because an administrative error saw him dropped in the first place and Garrick Ibbotson has been given a reprieve after promising the coach he has remembered how to mark the football.

FB: Sam Frost Tom McDonald Neville Jetta
FF: Hayden Ballantyne Matthew Pavlich Lachie Weller
HB: Jayden Hunt Oscar McDonald Matt Jones
HF: Michael Walters Matt Taberner Chris Mayne
C: Christian Petracca Dom Tyson Bernie Vince
C: Tommy Sheridann Lachie Neale Stephen Hill
HF: Jeff Garlett Jack Watts Billy Stretch
HB: Lee Spurr Sam Collins Hayden Crozier
FF: Aaron Vandenberg Jesse Hogan Dean Kent
FB: Cameron Sutcliffe Zac Dawson Garrick Ibbotson
MID: Max Gawn Nathan Jones Jack Viney
MID: Jonathon Griffin David Mundy Danyle Pearce
BENCH: Jack Grimes Ben Kennedy
Mitch White James Harmes
BENCH: Connor Blakely Ed Langdon
Darcy Tucker Nick Suban
9th July
TIO Stadium
Melbourne $1.42
Fremantle $2.90