Dockers derby game plan was ‘leaked’
Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has thrown a bombshell into the build up to Sunday’s western derby by claiming that Fremantle “intelligence” was leaked to West Coast before the round eight derby.
West Coast broke a four year drought by beating the Dockers, using the win as a launching pad into a strong run of form which has propelled them into top four contention in this AFL season.
But in a tense Western Derby media conference at Patersons Stadium on Thursday morning, Harvey claimed the Eagles had the jump on Fremantle’s planning for the game.
“The interesting part of these games is that you have got your own game plan and how that holds up. Sometimes you rely on match ups and sometimes you rely on planning and strategy of pulling the opposition game plan apart. So we will see in time.”
“But I will like to think that our team is in a better position than it was in last time.”
“There were a lot of things happening through the course of the week and then in the lead up to that game wasn’t there, and I think some of our intelligence got out.”
Fremantle fumed after the first derby because of the late withdrawals of Andrew Embley and Daniel Kerr in the minutes leading up to the game.
The Eagles were later fined over the changes, although Kerr’s withdrawal came after he tweaked a muscle on the ground during a run through.
But The West Australian understands that Harvey’s claim was not concerning ins and outs for the match.
Asked how he believed the information was leaked he replied: “You will have to ask John.”
Worsfold, when asked, looked even more bemused and not amused.
“I am not sure where all of that has come from,” he said.
Asked if there was a leak he responded: “Not that I know of, no.”
Worsfold says Daniel Kerr was no better than a 50-50 chance to play against the Dockers while Harvey claimed Aaron Sandilands may be picked and assessed closer to game day on his way back from a serious toe injury.