Donnybrook’s Tobe Watson has been widely praised for his courage during Fremantle’s seven-point loss to Essendon at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, producing a number of big defensive efforts under pressure. The young defender continued to graft away in a defence ravaged by injury and finished the day with six marks, including an impressive catch running back with the flight into oncoming traffic and multiple spoils as the second Fremantle player to a contest. Fremantle made the surprise decision to make small defender Reece Conca, who otherwise would have had the assignment on the dangerous Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, their injury substitute — meaning Watson and other defenders were forced to spend time on the small forward. The 23-year-old finished with four intercept possessions in one of the most impressive displays of his short career. Doig medallist and All-Australian defender Luke Ryan is a chance to return for Fremantle’s clash with Sydney on Saturday night, as is Alex Pearce, but Watson seems to have locked away his spot in the back six for the time being ahead of a tough run of games for the Dockers, including the Swans, Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs in a three-week block. Watson was the only South West product to feature at AFL level this weekend, while the WAFL had a bye to allow for a State league game against the SANFL at Adelaide Oval. Margaret River product and former Sydney player Harry Marsh was the only local player picked in the WAFL side, which lost to their South Australian counterparts by 53 points. Marsh, the brother of former Collingwood, St Kilda and current East Fremantle player Jonathon, went goalless on a tough afternoon for the Black Swans. In the VFL, Neville Jetta was Casey’s second leading disposal winner in a one-point win over Geelong, and Damon Greaves had 14 touches down back for Box Hill in a comprehensive win over North Melbourne.