Footy fever comes to Perth


It’s a feast of AFL action over in Western Australia.

Tonight, in Perth, Fremantle takes on Hawthorn, while the West Coast Eagles face North Melbourne tomorrow and the local teams, go in favourites.

Ashleigh Whittaker reports.

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Perth is awash with tens of thousands of footy fans, most of them from Melbourne.

Both preliminary finals will be played at Subiaco Oval, thousands of kilometres from the spiritual heartland of Aussie Rules.

For tonight’s clash, the Dockers have recalled ruckman Jonathon Griffin and forward Matt Taberner.

The Hawks have named the same 22 who beat Adelaide last week.

Tomorrow, the Eagles will be boosted by the return of Brownlow medallist Matt Pridis and midfielder Chris Masten.

While Robbie Tarrant returns for North Melbourne.

Kangaroo’s Great Wayne Carey says it’s now or never for the aging team.

Wayne Carey, Kangaroos Great: “I do believe that there’s only one more year left in this whole group though, so that window for this group as a whole is right now, so I think that it’s a big opportunity for them.”

Whatever the outcome for the W.A. sides. Their loyal fans are already booking trips to Melbourne, with both QANTAS and Virgin putting on extra flights.

But they don’t come cheap a one way ticket to Melbourne next weekend, will set fans back $1,500.

Ashleigh Whittaker, QUT News.