Fremantle air concerns on training ground
A spate of nasty knee injuries at the Fremantle Dockers home ground has triggered alarm bells and promoted action from the AFL and WAFL co-tenants.
Fremantle lost star 2010 first-year midfielder Anthony Morabito to a serious season-ending knee injury at Fremantle Oval in December, as well as exciting new draftee Tendai Mzungu in a NAB Challenge match in early March.
A further five serious knee injuries as well as two shorter term setbacks have been suffered in local ranks, since Mzungu went down with a medial strain prompting fears the ground surface could be contributing to the epidemic.
Dockers coach Mark Harvey has raised concerns at the standard of his home base with his own club hierarchy as well as ground management and South Fremantle, who share the oval with Fremantle.
The Dockers boss is believed to have aired his apprehension on several occasions since the loss of Morabito just before last Christmas.
A Dockers deputation headed by football operations general manager Chris Bond is scheduled to meet with South Fremantle coach John Dimmer and long serving club chief executive Brian Ciccotosto.
A meeting of Fremantle football heavies with ground maintenance authorities had been scheduled for this week, but has been postponed until next Wednesday, June 15.
Even the horrifying knee dislocation for former West Coast Eagles big man Jaymie Graham has been potentially connected with the dry and firm surface of the Dockers training ground.
Graham played 37 games at West Coast before retiring at the end of 2008 and severely dislocated his left knee when an opponent slid into his lower leg during a WAFL game against Subiaco on April 30.
There is a theory among some Fremantle football authorities that there is insufficient moisture in the turf and that Graham wasn’t able to slide with his leg locked in firm soil and grass so that the popular big man’s knee suffered a full impact of the collision.