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Match preview: R17

Doggo Dates: Zali & Mojy In second episode of Doggo Dates, we visit Liam Shiels and Will Golds to have a chat and play with their sister dogs Zali and Mojy.

Where and when: University of Tasmania Stadium, Saturday 13 July, 2.10pm AEST

TV, radio and online: Click here for broadcast guide

What it means for Hawthorn: The Hawks need to be near-perfect to keep their slim finals hopes alive, but September footy will still be on the agenda for Alastair Clarkson. Victory in Launceston will keep the momentum going.

What it means for Fremantle: The season is quickly slipping away from the Dockers. Injuries are compounding lamentable losses and finals suddenly look a distant prospect. They need a win on the road to settle the nerves.

The stat: Fremantle has a dismal record in Launceston, winning just one of its 11 games at the venue. That win came in the famous 'siren-gate' victory over St Kilda back in 2006.

The match-up: Dan Howe v Nat Fyfe

Stopping the inspirational Fremantle captain could be key to Hawthorn's hopes of securing victory in Launceston. Howe has done a good job on a number of talented opposition midfielders recently, limiting Scott Pendlebury's influence on Friday night. Expect him to go to Fyfe this weekend.

It's a big week for: Mitch Lewis (Hawthorn)

The young Hawthorn forward enjoyed a breakout performance last week, with his contested marking and ability to hit the scoreboard a highlight of his display. He'll now be looking to add consistency to his game and has a great opportunity to do that on Saturday.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs