Archive for August, 2010
When out-of-contract Fremantle star Matthew Pavlich asked us to judge him on his past deeds in March, we listened.
He argued that he had repeatedly resisted the temptation to return home to South Australia, so why would he make the move now?
Six months later, Pavlich is yet to re-sign and what started as a quiet whisper has become a deafening roar.
Ask Fremantle and they tell you he is “100 per cent committed” to the club and sure to stay.
But talk to the Gold Coast and they are becoming increasingly confident Pav could be wearing a Suns jumper next season.
They say what in March was a pipe-dream is now something of a possibility.
Not “fairly confident” as they are with Gary Ablett, but certainly in the ball park.
They say Pavlich is certainly listening to their multi-million dollar offer.
After three seasons sitting out the finals during his prime, Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich says he can’t wait for the opportunity to stamp himself on the September stage this Saturday.
Pavlich, 28, has played in just four finals in 11 seasons, the last of them in 2006.
The decorated skipper has won five club best and fairest awards for his regular season feats, as well as six All-Australian jumpers, but his performances in this year’s final series are highly anticipated.
“Anyone would love to play at this time of year and I’m no different,” Pavlich said on Monday.
“Regardless of what age or how long you’ve been in the competition, you always want to be playing at this time of the year.
“There’s something in the air and absolutely you want to be up and about this time of year.”
Video Courtesy of Freo1995
Video Courtesy of Freo1995
Fremantle coach Mark Harvey believes the decision to field a half-strength side against Hawthorn in round 21 will have benefits this week, with the Hawks yet to face his best line-up.
Hawthorn beat Fremantle by 116 points when the sides met in Launceston just over a week ago, but there is likely to be up to 12 changes to the Fremantle side that hosts Saturday’s elimination final at Subiaco Oval.
Harvey said he expected his rejuvenated players to benefit from the round-21 rest across two weeks, with the added bonus that Hawthorn wasn’t able to pit itself against Fremantle’s best line-up.
“That’s the interesting thing about this game; we saw Hawthorn and they didn’t necessarily see us,” Harvey said on Monday.
“We’ve certainly got a different aspect to some of the structures that we had a few weeks ago.
“I’d like to think that the guys that missed would benefit in week two.”
Every so often a footballer defies the natural laws of physical capabilities with unique individual talents.
Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands is 211cm tall and weighs 122kg. He is one gigantic human being.
This level of height and bulk would be helpful when the ball is overhead, but should be a supreme disadvantage when the ball is on the ground.
Touching your toes is difficult enough, let alone taking control of an odd-bouncing oval footy bobbling around at your feet.
Sandilands returned from injury against Carlton last Friday and gained an amazing 18 ground-level possessions, including 13 clearances.
These would be decent numbers for an elite midfielder, let alone the biggest player in the competition.
Getting this amount of ground-level footy for a player of Sandilands’ size is quite remarkable, and a testament to his incredible agility and flexibility.
Fremantle youngster Anthony Morabito says he is comfortable playing on the big stage as he takes the momentum of a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination into his first finals series.
Morabito, who has played 21 games in his debut season, earned the final nomination for this year’s award after playing an important role in Fremantle’s six-point win over Carlton on Friday night.
The 18-year-old stood up in the finals-like clash, winning 18 possessions and kicking a crucial goal in the last quarter to help earn a home elimination final for his side.
The No.4 pick from last year’s NAB AFL Draft, Morabito said he wasn’t daunted by the prospect of playing in finals, and Fremantle’s young players would be ready for Hawthorn on Saturday.
“Last week for us felt like as if we were going into playing our first final, [so] I think it’s taken the edge of this week,” Morabito said from Fremantle Oval on Monday.
Fremantle youngster Anthony Morabito is the final NAB AFL Rising Star nominee for 2010.
Morabito was nominated for his efforts in helping Fremantle overcome Carlton at Subiaco on Friday night.
The no.4 pick from last year’s NAB AFL Draft collected 18 possessions and booted a telling goal in his side’s vital win.
The powerful midfielder has played 21 matches this season, averaging 13 possessions and kicking goals in 10 of his matches.
He was Fremantle’s first selection in the draft after being named Western Australia’s most valuable player at last year’s NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, in which he earned All-Australian honours.
Morabito played for Harvey Football Club before playing 10 senior matches with Peel Thunder in the WAFL in 2009.
Morabito is Fremantle’s second nominee for the NAB Rising Star award, following Nathan Fyfe in round nine.
With his nomination, Morabito now becomes eligible to win this year’s award which will be announced this Wednesday at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium.
After 22 rounds of hard and tough football, Fremantle is all set to launch its assault on the 2010 Toyota AFL Finals Series this Saturday at 1.20pm against Hawthorn at Subiaco Oval.
As we take the first step in our finals campaign, we need you, our proud, loyal and passionate members, by our side at Subiaco this weekend.
This is your club – You are our edge.
Fremantle members will receive priority access to purchase one (1) ticket per membership barcode, prior to the general public. There is a maximum of eight (8) tickets per transaction.
Members can purchase their tickets from 9am Mon 30 Aug to 11am Tues 31 Aug (WST).
Non-members can purchase tickets from 12 noon Tue 31 Aug (WST).
When purchasing at an outlet you must present all valid 2010 membership cards or the 12-digit barcode numbers from those membership cards. You will be required to quote all valid barcode numbers when purchasing online or via telephone.