Brady Hough’s case for a round one debut at the West Coast Eagles just keeps getting stronger. The 19-year-old, who bolted into draft contention last season, is now shaping as a possible starter for the Eagles in their season opener against the Gold Coast Suns on Sunday March 20. It comes on the back of an impressive display at Optus Stadium on Sunday in the club’s only official pre-season clash before round one. Hough played across half-back against Fremantle and finished with 14 disposals — 11 of which were kicks — and eight marks. The former Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault Lion, who even featured for the SWFL club just last year, disposed of the ball at more than 71 per cent efficiency. The Eagles were defeated by the Dockers for the second time in as many weeks, losing 11.13 (79) to 10.6 (66). Hough was the only South West product to feature in the AAMI Community Series matches at the weekend, with fellow HBL product Ethan Hughes left as an unused substitute for the Dockers in the same game. Hughes, Connor Blakely, prized draft-pick Jye Amiss and train-on Bailey Rogers all played for a side composed mostly of Fremantle players in a practice game against Peel Thunder squad members. Amiss, who was the Dockers’ first selection in last season’s national draft at number eight, played the opening half in his return from a quad injury before doing running drills half-time. The East Perth recruit played as a key forward against teammates Joel Hamling and Hughes, but didn’t hit the scoreboard. Blakely dominated for a second week in a row as his battle to return to the club’s AFL midfield continues, while Rogers was also strong in the midfield in the opening half before being rested after half-time. Meanwhile, former Busselton Magpie and new Brisbane Lions recruit James Tunstill missed out on his side’s Community Series win over the Western Bulldogs, but did kick two goals in a practice match with the Lions’ VFL side. It means the young midfielder has kicked five goals in two games with the club’s State league side.