Pav tells fans forget wooden spoons
Matthew Pavlich has urged Fremantle fans not to taunt West Coast with wooden spoons at Sunday’s western derby, claiming such a ploy would be against his club’s character.
With the Eagles anchored to the bottom of the ladder, there is a groundswell of support encouraging fans to bring the cooking utensils to Subiaco Oval.
The unofficial supporters’ website, Dockerland, started the push last month.
But Pavlich, who demanded his teammates move on quickly from yesterday’s debacle against the Western Bulldogs, said the sledging strategy was ill-conceived.
“I don’t think that’s how our supporters act and I don’t think that’s in their values,” the captain said.
“They want to see us win, but win for the right reasons. Our supporters are hopefully a bit smarter than that.”
Coach Mark Harvey also gave the issue little credence when he said: “Totally discount Twitter and any of those things that people may want to say who have a hidden identity.
“Disregard it. That would be the last thing on our minds, I would have thought. We worry about our own backyard.”
Pavlich, who booted four goals yesterday, was at a loss to explain the poor start and said the lack of effort was unacceptable.
He quickly pointed out that the club still had plenty to aim at, sitting in fifth spot with 11 wins and a string of tough but winnable games to close out the regular season.
“In big games like that when it’s a bit tight, our younger players really need to step up to the mark and our senior players need to lead the way. We let ourselves down in both of those areas,” he said.
“I just said ‘keep your heads up and move on’. The AFL season is a grind and a journey and it’s not the destination right now. We’ve got a long way to go.
“It’s important to focus on next week straight away because we’re still in a position that gives us a chance going into the last five rounds of the season. It certainly beats other years when we’ve been playing for playing’s sake – we’re actually playing for something meaningful.
“We have to get ourselves right for seven days time against West Coast. There’s another four points up for grabs and we need them desperately.”