Archive for July, 2010

WAFC, CUB partnership a boost for Freo, WA football


The WA Football Commission announced on Friday an important partnership for not only the Fremantle Football Club but for all levels of football in WA, an extension of the decade-long partnership with Carlton United Breweries for a further 10 years.

Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said the deal would financially help his club underpin not only its operations as a football club, but also its contributions back to WA football, which exceeded $4 million each year.

“This 10-year transaction that’s ongoing allows us to underpin those commitments to West Australian football as a whole,” he said.

“We’re really proud that we bring our brand together, along with West Coast, with the other WAFL clubs and the other community clubs to put together a deal that is good for all parties in West Australian football.”

Rosich said the new deal would also continue to assist the Fremantle’s efforts to push the responsible service of alcohol message.


Harvey against interchange cap


Fremantle Dockers coach Mark Harvey says he is against the idea of a cap on player rotations during a game.

He says fortnightly travel on clubs outside Melbourne takes a heavy toll and high rotations are needed to reduce the impact on players.

Harvey says it is an issue the AFL needs to consider.

“I’m trying to work out where the exemptions are for interstate clubs because if you go back and have a look at the last three years you’ve seen the demise of interstate clubs finishing in the top four,” he said.

“You need to work out and talk about why. It would be great if every team travelled 10 times a year and if not, if they don’t, what’s the exemptions for the clubs that do?”

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Bollenhagen to debut


Fremantle has been boosted by the inclusion of stars David Mundy and Chris Tarrant for Sunday’s Carlton Mid Derby against West Coast at Subiaco Oval.

And first year player Justin Bollenhagen, 18, has been named to make his AFL debut.

Ruckman Kepler Bradley and forward Michael Walters have also been named in a 25-man squad that will be trimmed to a final 22 on Friday afternoon.

Rhys Palmer is out after he suffered a bruised shoulder in last weekend’s loss to the Western Bulldogs.

Clancee Pearce will also miss with a knee injury.

Mundy was a late withdrawal with illness last week, but his return will help strengthen a Fremantle midfield that was outplayed by a more experienced Dogs’ engine room.

Bradley had been in career-best form until a knee injury kept him out of the Bulldogs’ match.

He will help Aaron Sandilands battle Eagles’ ruck duo Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui.

Tarrant’s heel injury has forced him out of action since round 13.

His presence will solidify Freo’s defence, which has had talls Luke McPharlin, Antoni Grover and Alex Silvagni missing at various stages of the past two months.

Bollenhagen hails from South Australia and was the 52nd pick in the 2009 AFL Draft.


Fremantle Vs. West Coast – Round 18 Teams


B: Chris Tarrant, Antoni Grover, Greg Broughton
HB: Justin Bollenhagen, Luke McPharlin, Roger Hayden
C: Garrick Ibbotson, David Mundy, Nathan Fyfe
HF: Jay van Berlo, Matthew Pavlich, Stephen Hill
F: Adam McPhee, Michael Johnson, Hayden Ballantyne
Foll: Aaron Sandilands, Nick Suban, Paul Duffield
I/C (from): Michael Walters, Dylan Roberton, Matthew de Boer, Paul Hasleby, Jesse Crichton, Anthony Morabito, Kepler Bradley

In: Bradley, Mundy, Walters, Bollenhagen, Tarrant
Out: Rhys Palmer (shoulder), Clancee Pearce (knee)

West Coast Eagles
B: Will Schofield, Eric MacKenzie, Ashley Smith
HB: Beau Waters, Mitchell Brown, Shannon Hurn
C: Brad Ebert, Matt Priddis, Matt Rosa
HF: Andrew Embley, Josh Kennedy, Andrew Strijk
F: Mark LeCras, Quinten Lynch, Nic Naitanui
Foll: Dean Cox, Chris Masten, Scott Selwood
I/C (from): Brett Jones, Patrick McGinnity, Ben McKinley, Brad Sheppard, Lewis Stevenson, Tom Swift, Callum Wilson

In: McKinley, Jones, Wilson, Swift, McGinnity
Out: Adam Selwood (shoulder), Ashton Hams (suspension)

Finals not on Harvey’s agenda


FREMANTLE coach Mark Harvey remains tight-lipped on the prospect of finals football, despite the reality that his side can rubber-stamp its first September appearance since 2006 with a win over West Coast on Sunday.

Fremantle, which has won eight of the last nine western derbies including the last six, sits three games clear inside the top eight with 11 wins and would require an improbable fall to miss the finals this year.

But after a three-game form slump that has included losses to Richmond (19 points) and the Western Bulldogs (82), Harvey said the prospect of finals football would not be used to stir his players this week.  

“What we are trying to do is get as many wins as we can to build up to whatever is perceived that might happen later on,” Harvey said from Subiaco Oval on Thursday. “That’s all we’re looking at.

“The players we’ve got out at the moment we’re working as hard as we can from a sports science point of view to try to get them back as quick as we can.


Older heads needed


FREMANTLE coach Mark Harvey says his side is carrying too many young players and will require an injection of experience ahead of Sunday’s western derby clash with West Coast.
Star defender Chris Tarrant and key midfielder David Mundy will both return for the 32nd western derby, while back-up ruckman Kepler Bradley is rated an 80 per cent chance to play by the coach.

Midfielder Rhys Palmer, who injured a shoulder in last Sunday’s 82-point loss to the Western Bulldogs, is in doubt and will be assessed at Thursday night’s training session.
Harvey said the heavy loss to the Dogs would be taken into account at selection, as would the 11 first- or second-year players that are currently in the side.
“Right at this very moment – and probably West Coast are going through the same thing – we’ve got probably too many first- or second-year players in our side,” Harvey said from Subiaco Oval on Thursday.


The Perfect Gift


Check this out. For sale as a gift in a local shop. What a cute teddy bear with his beloved wooden spoon.

The Wiggles Spoon


Courtesy of Joanne Stagg.

Dockers entire profit to be wiped out in new AFL tax model


THE AFL has unveiled a Robin Hood-style plan to tax the wealthy clubs in a bid to help the poorer clubs in a controversial increase in attendance levies under which Collingwood, Essendon, Hawthorn and Geelong would be charged an extra $1 a fan at the turnstiles.

The proposal, to be put forward to the commission next month, received a lukewarm response from the Magpies, who estimated the gate tax would cost their club an estimated $300,000 a year.

Fremantle, which has been included along with West Coast in the top gate-takings bracket, is already embroiled in determined negotiations with the AFL to be removed from the group of so-called wealthy clubs.


We can bounce back: Pavlich


FREMANTLE captain Matthew Pavlich insists his side can bounce back from a rocky three-game stretch, despite growing personnel concerns heading into Sunday’s western derby.

Fremantle has lost two of its last three matches, and gave up fourth spot to the Western Bulldogs on Sunday in a humbling 82-point defeat at Etihad Stadium.

Chris Tarrant (heel), Kepler Bradley (knee) and David Mundy, who was withdrawn late against the Dogs with illness, are all expected to resume this week.

However, injuries to Ryan Crowley (knee) and Alex Silvagni (groin) are more serious than first expected, with the pair each expected to miss a month of football.

Pavlich said with 11 first- or second-year players taking the field against the Bulldogs, Fremantle would have to fight through its personnel issues and manage its younger players.


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