AFLW coaches have backed the league’s flexible fixture after Fremantle were scheduled to face West Coast twice in the nine-round season.
The league has opted to release match-ups week-by-week as it adapts to changing COVID-19 conditions, rather than relocate teams to avoid border issues.
The Dockers, genuine premiership fancies, were announced on Saturday night to take on the developing Eagles team next Sunday in the second Western Australian derby in the opening six rounds.
Victoria is the only state still subject to any WA border restrictions, meaning the two Perth teams are currently unable to play Geelong or any of the seven Melbourne sides.
After Collingwood smashed Melbourne by 35 points on Sunday to sit atop the ladder, Magpies coach…