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Futures at Fremantle hang in limbo as the 'F' word keeps on changing

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The upset win on the weekend by the Fremantle Dockers against a faltering top-of-the-table Geelong has given the purple army hope of September action in 2019.

The Dockers now sit one game and percentage out of the top eight with only three remaining games in the home-and-away season - St Kilda (away), Essendon at Optus Stadium and then Port Adelaide in round 23 at Adelaide Oval.

Ross Lyon's quest for a premiership at Fremantle has suffered from injury setbacks but chances have come.

Fremantle will probably need to win at least two of them - and well - and hope other results go their way.

It will be difficult but the victory against the Cats at least puts the Dockers back in the main game.

But what if the Fremantle Dockers once again miss a finals series?

Under coach Ross Lyon, the Dockers made their maiden AFL grand final in 2013, where inaccurate kicking for goal against a legendary Hawthorn outfit cost them a first flag. Fremantle also finished the minor season in 2015 atop the league ladder.

We’re certainly aiming for a premiership and you don’t shy away from that. Particularly by the end of this tenure, I’ll have no excuse to not have achieved that because we’re fully resourced, fully supported and ... I can make short-term and long-term decisions to get us where we want to be.

However, from round one 2016 to last weekend against the Cats, the win-loss record for Lyon’s Dockers is 29 wins and 56 losses.

From 17 victories (and minor premiers) in 2015 they slumped to 16th with four wins in 12 months.

They have since recorded eight wins for 14th........

© Brisbane Times