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Dockers and Eagles in hub hell

It was not a Saturday to remember for both Western Australian sides as both succumbed to losses to Queensland sides.

Boith sides had relocated to the east coast for the match, with the AFL adopting a hub setup for the next four weeks.

Brisbane hold off fast finishing Freo

It would be the Dockers who re-started their season first, and were always going to be up against it versus perenial the favourite Brisbane Lions.

Despite the Gabba offering no respite for the Purple and White, they managed to keep themselves within 8 points at the first break, after a miraculous reversed free kick from Cameron Schulz inspired the visitors just before the buzzer.

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While Brisbane would go on to lead at every break, Fremantle managed to claw back to within a kick at the half-time break, with captain Nat Fyfe leading the way.

The Lions though would pull away crucially in the third, setting themselves up with former Docker Lachie Neale snatching a second goal, and despite Fyfe grabbing his third for the match, the home side would roar into the final exchange with an 18 point lead.

And that lead would prove too difficult to overcome for the visitors, who despite Michael Walters kicking two majors in the final quarter to bring the home side to within a kick, succumbed to a Dwayne Zorko goal in the dying minutes to give Brisbane their first win of the season.

BRISBANE      4.2     8.2    11.5    12.9 (81)
FREMANTLE    3.0     7.3    8.5    10.9 (69)

GOALS
Brisbane: 
Cameron 4, Neale 2, McInerney, Zorko, McStay, Hipwood, Ah Chee, Zorko
Fremantle: Fyfe 3, Taberner 2, Walters 2, Matera, Schultz, Banfield 

BEST
Brisbane: 
Neale, Cameron, Andrews, McInerney
Fremantle: Fyfe, Walters, Aish 

INJURIES
Brisbane: 
McStay (ankle)
Fremantle: Darcy (knee)

Suns roll Eagles in second half stunner

The Gold Coast Suns proved to be the bane of most tipsters this weekend with a 44-point win over Premiership fancies West Coast Eagles.

The first quarter would prove to be a low scoring affair, with the first goal not arriving until the fifth minute through Sean Lemmens.

Eagles captain Luke Schuey snared one back after an intense first period that saw no side really take control of the game.

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In just his second game of AFL football, Matt Rowell proved just why the Suns took him at number one in the draft with eight disposals and a goal as the suns stormed away with a five-goal third term.

Gaff, Kelly and Nic Natanui were all solid for the Eagles but it was the Suns, who with their superior possession and disposal count were able to race away to a 26-point lead.

And the home side would pile on the pain in the final quarter, with a three goal to zero final term that saw the Suns deliver a solid 44-point win for their long suffering fans.

GOLD COAST         2.0        6.2        11.4     14.6 (90)
WEST COAST         1.4        5.5        6.8        6.10 (46)

GOALS
Gold Coast: Day 2, Rowell 2, Ainsworth 2, Weller, Lemmens, Anderson, Greenwood, King, Holman, Lukosius, MacPherson
West Coast: Allen 2, Shuey, Kennedy, Petruccelle, Darling

BEST
Gold Coast: Rowell, Day, Weller, Bowes, Anderson, Miller
West Coast: Shuey, Gaff, Kelly, Naitanui

INJURIES
Gold Coast: Nil
West Coast: Nil  

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