The Western Derby exploded on Saturday night as the Dockers and Eagles erupted into a massive scuffle.
Players from all over the field came together as tensions mounted midway through the opening quarter.
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Hugh Dixon scored as the brawl broke out and quickly joined the action as the struggles flared across the ground.
Fremantle’s Caleb Serong and West Coasts’ Jack Redden were in the middle of the action as several players were left with ripped guernseys.
“You saw it coming, Pav and they all rush in to join the scuffle. No love lost. West Coast, the underdogs have come up with a fighting mentality and it’s good here,” commentator Adam Papalia said.
“The umpires are trying to get this under control so they can restart the game, but they can’t,” added Dermott Brereton.
“Both teams are still struggling with each other, quite a lot is happening,” said Papalia.
Fremantle great Matthew Pavlich said Serong simply “flagged” in the scuffle.
“Andy Brayshaw was harassed by Jackson Nelson when he ran off and he didn’t like it so he went back to him and it just exploded. Caleb Serong came in with the flag,” he said.
“A little bit of spice in Derby 55,” added Papalia.
Watch the chaotic scenes unfold in the video player above
The Eagles defeated their city rivals in the opening term to hold onto the two-point lead after the first quarter.
A result is not important for the Eagles, but for the Dockers, the result would have a serious impact on where they end up on the ladder.
Lose and best chance is fifth place. Win and they keep their hopes of a double chance alive.
The Dockers reacted in the second quarter and went into halftime with a small lead of four points.
Originally published as Fremantle and West Coast First Quarter Brawl as Derby Tensions Boil Over