The Falcons, who are playing the Sharks in Kalannie as part of the Country Sports Enrichment Scheme (CSES), still have a chance of finishing in the top four after defeating Perth by 42 points last Saturday.
East Fremantle, which holds fourth spot heading into the game, will be determined to bounce back from a six-point loss to Subiaco last Saturday and stamp their claim on a spot in the finals.
Last time the two sides met in Round 9 at Arena Joondalup the game went down to the wire, with the Sharks claiming a thrilling two-point win 12.15 (87) to 13.7 (85).
This weekend’s game, which kicks off at 2.10pm at Kalannie Oval, promises to be another close contest given that finals are on the line and both sides boast impressive local and AFL-listed talent.
The Sharks have been well served by West Coast players such as Mitch Brown, Koby Stevens, Brad Sheppard and Jacob Brennan when not required by the Eagles, while Fremantle’s Kepler Bradley and West Coast’s Andrew Strijk have been solid contributors for West Perth in recent weeks.
WAFL Competition Director Grant Dorrington said the League was delighted such an important contest would be played in West Perth’s country zone as the 43rd CSES fixture in the last two decades.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for footy fans in the region to see a WAFL game for premiership points in their own backyard,” Mr Dorrington said.
“The WAFL is committed to taking games to regional areas as part of the CSES and thanks the State Government for its ongoing support. Thanks must also go to the Central Wheatbelt Football League for its efforts in organising the game at a local level.
“An important part of this, which we are very proud of, is that all proceeds from the game will be kept in the region for the local community,” he said.