quarter brawl – Michmutters

AFL 2022: Fremantle vs West Coast, brawl breaks out, video, scores, ladder, finals

The Western Derby exploded on Saturday night when the Dockers and Eagles broke out in a giant scuffle.

Players from all over the ground converged as tensions boiled over halfway through the opening quarter.

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Hugh Dixon slotted a goal as the brawls broke out and then quickly joined in on the action as wrestles flared all over the ground.

Fremantle’s Caleb Serong and West Coasts’ Jack Redden were in the thick of the action as multiple players were left with ripped Guernseys.

“You saw it coming Pav and they’re all racing in to join into the scuffle. No love lost. West Coast, the underdogs, have come with a fighting mentality and it is right on here,” commentator Adam Papalia said.

“The umpires are trying to control this so they can restart the game but they can’t,” Dermott Brereton added.

“Both teams still wrestling each other, there is a fair bit happening,” Papalia said.

Fremantle great Matthew Pavlich said Serong was simply “flying the flag” in the scuffle.

“Andy Brayshaw was getting harassed by Jackson Nelson when he was coming off and he didn’t like it so he went back at him and it just exploded. Caleb Serong came in flying the flag,” he said.

“A bit of spice in Derby 55,” Papalia added.

The Eagles upstaged their cross-town rivals in the opening term to hold the two point lead after the first quarter.

A result matters not for the Eagles, for the Dockers however the result would have a serious bearing on where they finish on the ladder.

Lose and there best chance is a fifth placed finish. Win and they keep their hopes alive of securing a double chance.

The Dockers responded in the second quarter and head into the halftime break holding a slender four point lead.