Round 3 team named for Pav’s record-breaker
New recruit Jayden Pitt has been recalled to Fremantle’s team to take on Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.
Pitt is the only change to the side that lost to Geelong last Saturday night, with Jay van Berlo making way for the 18-year-old.
The Victorian recruit will play his second AFL game after debuting in round 1 against Brisbane at the Gabba, where he kicked a goal and had 12 disposals.
Van Berlo is listed as an emergency along with Jack Anthony and Jesse Crichton.
Saturday’s match marks the 239th club appearance for Matthew Pavlich – a new Fremantle games record.
The Freo skipper will pass the mark set by former defender Shane Parker, who played 238 games for the club from 1995 to 2007.
Pavlich, who has missed only eight games since making his debut in round 5, 2000, said he expected to spend the majority of Saturday’s match in the midfield.
“We’ve got a few injured out at the moment who would run through the midfield, so by virtue of that, that’s my gig at the moment and I understand that,” he said.
“Last year I probably played an 80-20 split forward and midfield at the beginning of the year and that was probably about right.
“But at this point in time it’s predominately midfield.”
Pavlich said the fundamental areas of the game that Fremantle had performed well in so far in 2011 – contested ball, tackles and forward-half pressure – would be crucial to his side’s chances against the Crows on Saturday.
“They’re the things that we must maintain and probably improve a little bit more,” he said.
“Executing both by foot up the ground and in front of goals is another one.”
Pavlich said Adelaide would be a hard challenge for his team, especially in the hostile environment of AAMI Stadium.
“They’re playing really well and they’re fit,” he said.
“They’ve had a group there together for quite a period of time and we’re expecting them to be very competitive this week and looking to start the game well.”
Adelaide had the bye in round 2, but Pavlich said it would be a “wait and see” situation as to whether or not it served as an advantage.
“My gut feel would be that as the year goes on it’s going to be more important,” he said.
“Right now, after round 1, they may be thinking it’s not ideal.
“But they’re a professional outfit. We’re expecting them to come out 100 miles an hour and I wouldn’t really expect anything else.”
Saturday’s match will be the first of three consecutive fixtures that Freo plays against teams coming off a bye the previous round.
In 2010, a struggling Adelaide outfit upset high-flying Freo by 23 points at AAMI Stadium in round 11 in what was Crows’ great Tyson Edwards’ final AFL game.
Fremantle had earlier thumped Adelaide by 56 points in the opening round of 2010 at Subiaco Oval.
AAMI Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for the Freo Dockers, with just three wins in 15 encounters there.
B: Broughton McPharlin Suban
HB: Duffield Grover Johnson
C: Hill Pavlich Fyfe
HF: Pitt Bradley Ballantyne
F: McPhee Mayne Crowley
R: Sandilands Mundy Lower
Int: Roberton Walters Palmer de Boer
Emerg: van Berlo Anthony Crichton
Out: van Berlo
B: Johncock, Rutten, Stevens
HB: Tambling, Davis, Symes
C: van Berlo, Reilly, Smith
HF: Knights, Walker, Dangerfield
F: Henderson, Tippett, Douglas
R: Maric, Otten, S. Thompson
Int: Jaensch, Martin, McKernan, Vince
Emerg: Cook, Moran, Petrenko
In: Jaensch, Martin, Symes, Tippett
Out: Doughty (thigh), Mackay (shoulder), Porplyzia (shoulder), Sloane (jaw/thumb).