Fremantle Dockers vs West Coast Eagles brawl, fight, video, reaction, Caleb Serong torn jumper, derby

In a column for Code Sports on Saturday, former Eagle Will Schofield wrote that physicality was the only thing that could revive the western derby between West Coast and Fremantle.

Well, Schofield got his wish as tempers flared in an epic opening to Saturday’s 55th instalment of the rivalry.

“We’ve seen biffs, brawls, physicality and I’m absolutely loving it,” Schofield said on the sidelines in commentary duty for Fox Footy at Optus Stadium.

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It all kicked off when Hugh Dixon was lining up for his first goal, with Andrew Brayshaw and Jackson Nelson clashing in the background to spark an all-in melee.

Caleb Serong and Jack Redden were also heavily involved in the scuffle as Dixon kicked the goal before running back to join in the action.

It was unfortunately timing, with the crowd on its feet applauding retiring veteran David Mundy in the 16th minute, all while tempers flared between the two sides.

Commentator Adam Papalia described it as a “big of spice in derby 55” with “no love lost” behind the fierce rivals.

“West Coast, the underdogs, have come with a fighting mentality and it is right on here,” he said.

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

“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,” Matthew Pavlich said.

“In a Derby you expect its going to be heated. You have to absorb that. West Coast have come out breathing fire.”

Players from both teams engage in a melee. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 13: Andrew Brayshaw of the Dockers celebrates after scoring a goal. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

It was just the start of an intense opening quarter to Saturday’s derby, with Serong copping a 150m penalty for three separate infractions.

The first was for jumper punching Jack Redden, with the second for throwing him to the ground while the third was for taking Liam Ryan high.

“I know Serong is a very good player but I didn’t realise he had this much venom in him,” Brereton said.

“He’s got some real go in him hasn’t he.”

The drama was far from over though, with the Eagles going a touch too far themselves as Redden was hit with a 50m penalty for a high shot on Brayshaw.

Schofield had wrote earlier in the morning that the Fremantle-West Coast rivalry had become “too nice” but he certainly felt differently on Saturday night.

“It’s the first game where I feel like I actually want to be out there,” he said on the sideline.

“The crowd is electric, the Freo fans are going nuts and the West Coast Eagles are taking it up to the better Fremantle side. It’s been a physical game.

“Jackson Nelson has gone hard physically at Andrew Brayshaw, Fremantle players not happy with it and good on them, sticking up for their mate. We’ve seen biffs, brawls, physicality and I’m absolutely loving it.”

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