Freo can out-smart Scott
Fremantle forward Chris Mayne says he was pleased to see former assistant Chris Scott notch his maiden win as a senior coach in round one, but all good wishes will be put to the side when Geelong travels to Patersons Stadium this Saturday.
Scott, who spent three seasons as an assistant to Fremantle coach Mark Harvey before landing the Geelong job last year, made a dream start to his coaching career on Friday night with a one-point win over St Kilda.
Mayne said Scott would have taken valuable intellectual property with him to Geelong, but Fremantle would plan for Saturday night’s clash with that in mind.
“He’s obviously going to take a bit of knowledge with him, but that’s football,” Mayne said from Fremantle Oval on Monday.
“We understand that he’s going to know a bit, but it’s just for us to come out and stick to our game plan. Harves will have some tricks up his sleeve.
“Everything that he’s done for this club we’ve taken and ran with it as well.
“Some of the boys might have sent ‘well done’ to him on the weekend, but obviously this weekend we won’t be sending that.”
Fremantle was dealt a brutal lesson by the Cats in last year’s finals series, losing by 69-points in a semi-final clash at the MCG.
However, Mayne said the side would approach Saturday night’s fixture with a clean slate.
“It’s 2011, different season, different circumstances and we’re just looking forward to coming up against them this weekend,” he said.
“Things have changed, players have changed and we’re just looking forward to the challenge of coming up against Geelong.
“You can take confidence out of having beaten them before, last year here, but they’re a terrific side and we know they’re going to be strong.”
Mayne, who has been elevated into Fremantle’s leadership group this season, kicked two goals and laid nine tackles in Fremantle’s thrilling two-point win over the Brisbane Lions last Saturday night.
The 22-year-old said the club’s leaders were expected to perform, but he wasn’t setting himself any goal-kicking targets for the season.
“I’m out to do what I can for the team, whether that’s putting pressure on or just being there to do all the one-percenters,” he said.
“It’s something this group demands of each other – the leadership group to stand up.”