New injury blow for Schammer
Byron Schammer’s AFL career has taken another blow with the out-of-favour Fremantle on-baller suffering a calf injury in Claremont’s loss to West Perth in the WAFL.
Schammer, unable to force his way into the Fremantle team despite the club’s wretched run with injury this season, felt for his lower leg in the first quarter.
He returned to the field briefly in the second term but did not take any further part after half-time.
The odds of Schammer playing again for Fremantle are lengthening by the week. He has been unable to force his way into a team stripped to the bare bones by a savage injury run until this point, and the Dockers have started regaining players – a trend which looks set to continue in the coming weeks.
Out of contract at the end of the year, the 26-year-old, who won the Larke Medal as the best player in the under-18 championships in Melbourne in 2002, played only three games in 2010 and hasn’t played this season.
He has been in solid form for Claremont, averaging 24 possessions and four tackles a game.
He had also started Saturday’s match impressively, gathering 14 touches and kicking a goal.
Rarely has a player fallen so dramatically out of favour at Schammer’s age.
Fremantle’s first pick, 13th overall in the 2002 draft, Schammer played 17 of the club’s 23 games in 2003 and was regarded as a member of the club’s best 22 from that point until the end of the 2009.
It was then concerns about his disposal saw him overtaken by younger players, before the club’s climb up the ladder in 2010.
Meanwhile, Adam McPhee and Nick Suban are likely to be fit and available for selection for Claremont’s Foxtel Cup semifinal against Port Adelaide, scheduled for Patersons Stadium on Saturday.
McPhee hasn’t played since injuring a knee in the western derby on May 15. Suban hasn’t played since breaking a leg in round four.
Kepler Bradley and Jack Anthony were rested from the WAFL and are expected to be available this week.