All about the team: Pavlich
Matthew Pavlich says Fremantle’s 25-point win over Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Saturday was always about the four premiership points.
The Fremantle skipper, now the club’s games record holder with 239 AFL games, said he never wanted the focus of the match against the Crows to be about his achievement.
“To be honest, I didn’t want it to be a distraction, without being disrespectful to the record,” Pavlich said.
“It was always about the four premiership points.”
Fremantle burst out of the blocks on Saturday afternoon, booting five first-quarter goals and holding Adelaide goalless to take a 30-point lead into the first break.
Pavlich denied his milestone was specifically brought up pre-match to motivate his troops.
“I didn’t ask for anything unusual,” said Pavlich.
“But today I asked for them to live in the moment and to play for each other.”
“I know it’s often a cliché, but I thought it really had an effect today.”
Fremantle coach Mark Harvey was more forthright in describing the effect of Pavlich’s achievement on his young playing group.
“Personally and from a club point of view, it was important that we went on today to win and recognised ‘Pav’ breaking the record at this football club.” said Harvey after the game.
“He’s the best player the club has ever had.”
Pavlich said he spoke to Shane Parker, Fremantle’s previous games record holder, during the week about his upcoming milestone.
“Shane was really good about it,” said Pavlich.
“He was very happy for me to carry on the record.”
The Fremantle skipper was chaired off the ground following his side’s stirring victory, and admitted the occasion may have got to him right at the end.
“It was special. The emotion is sometimes hard to hold back. Especially as I could see my family up in the stands.”