Get on board Eagles fans: Harvey
Fremantle Dockers coach Mark Harvey has urged all WA football fans – including those of arch rivals West Coast – to get behind the team this Friday night.
The Dockers face off against Carlton under lights at Subiaco Oval and must win to grab a home final the following weekend.
The club rested eight key players from the weekend’s match with Hawthorn in Launceston, all of which are now in line to be recalled for the clash with the Blues, sparking an outcry over the Dockers’ selection tactics.
Speaking on 6PR last night, Fremantle coach Mark Harvey said all the questions surrounding the overhaul of his team for the Hawks game had shone the spotlight on Friday’s game – so much so that he has even called on the supporters of the bottom-placed Eagles to support their purple-clad foes.
“It’s brought a lot of attention to the game and I’d like to think that Perth and WA will get right behind the side that’s going to play off in the finals,” he said.
When asked if that included Eagles fans as well, Harvey added: “Join in.”
Skipper Matthew Pavlich, David Mundy, Adam McPhee, Roger Hayden, Stephen Hill, Anthony Morabito and Nat Fyfe didn’t fly to Tasmania while Paul Hasleby was ruled out just before the game with a knee problem.
His replacement, Tim Ruffles, went on to injure his knee during the game and will miss the rest of the season.
All-Australian ruckman Aaron Sandilands has missed the past three games with a nagging foot injury but is expected to be ready for selection along with Ryan Crowley (knee), Hayden Ballantyne (foot) and Alex Silvagni (groin).
Harvey said Ballantyne – who also has not played the past three games – has come up quicker than the team expected and was rated a “70-30” chance.
He said everyone besides Michael Barlow and Chris Tarrant would be up for selection this week, though the club would have to decide if Crowley would “be fit enough on the back of being out for six weeks”.