Harvey wants answers over Eagles changes
Mark Harvey was again left talking about injured players following yesterday’s western derby loss to West Coast – only this time it wasn’t just his own team that concerned the Fremantle coach.
Harvey questioned the late withdrawal of Eagles midfielders Andrew Embley (hamstring) and Daniel Kerr (abductor), who were both scratched after picking up injuries during the warm-up.
While Harvey insisted the late changes were not responsible for his side’s 33-point defeat – “we probably don’t have enough class at the moment” – he did think the matter needed to be looked into.
“We’ll be seeking clarification on that (the loss of Embley and Kerr),” he said.
Asked if he would like to know why they were pulled out, Harvey said: “I think it’s a bit more than a medical certificate as to why. It’s not a reason why we got beat. If that’s how it is, we’ll look at it.”
Kerr appeared briefly at West Coast training this morning and seemed to be moving freely. He will have scans later today.
This was the second time this season Fremantle have been unhappy about an opposition side’s late changes. Harvey called for a crackdown on club’s making switches once teams have been announced after Geelong withdrew three players on the eve of their round two clash at Patersons Stadium, which the Cats won by 11 points.
“Three changes from a Thursday to a Friday is strange,” Harvey said at the time.
“It didn’t throw us out because once you know you know, we’d already picked our side.
“It’s got no implication to the game, but the fact that there were three late changes made is an issue I think.”
Meanwhile, Fremantle will be hoping a couple of their own players are firing on all cylinders before next Saturday’s game away to second-bottom Port Adelaide.
Hayden Ballantyne failed a late fitness test on his injured hamstring and missed yesterday’s derby, while Chris Mayne picked up a back knock in the first quarter but struggled through the game.
Harvey said both should be “OK” for the game at AAMI Stadium, while long-term absentee Tendai Mzungu is in the frame for a run-out in the WAFL, nine weeks after he damaged his left knee during a pre-season clash against the Eagles.