Strong team picked for Victor Harbor encounter
Ross Lyon is sticking by his plan to get minutes into the players’ legs before round 1, selecting a strong team to play Port Adelaide at Victor Harbor in South Australia on Saturday.
Matthew Pavlich will travel to his home state after being rested for last weekend’s match against Richmond at Patersons Stadium.
Key defenders Antoni Grover and Alex Silvagni are in line for their first appearances of the pre-season, as is hard-at-it midfielder Nick Lower.
New recruits Hayden Crozier, Sam Menegola and Haiden Schloithe could also potentially play their first games in a Freo jumper.
The 29-man squad for the NAB Cup round 3 match includes stars Luke McPharlin, Nat Fyfe, Stephen Hill and Greg Broughton, although Aaron Sandilands was not named after pulling out after the warm-up last week.
Assistant coach Todd Curley said the squad was picked with round 1 of the home and away season in mind.
“The focus all along has been having all our best players fit and available for round 1,” he said.
Curley said Pavlich was raring to go after his rest in round 2 of the NAB Cup.
“He’ll be back and will play,” Curley said.
“Pav trained well this morning and he’s really looking forward to it.”
Curley said the opportunity to travel for the first time this season was good for the young players in the squad who hadn’t experienced it before.
“It’s a great experience for them, jumping on a plane and spending time in accommodation away from home with their teammates,” he said.
With no broadcast of the game on free-to-air or Foxtel, the best way for fans to stay updated with all the scores and stats will be on our social media networks, Twitter and Facebook.
A match report will follow the game on the club’s website fremantlefc.com.au
A win could put Freo into the NAB Cup Grand Final if other results go our way, so make sure you’re tuned in this Saturday for the most up-to-date coverage of this match.
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Fremantle Squad v Port Adelaide
ANTHONY Jack 22
BRADLEY Kepler 26
BROUGHTON Greg 6
CLARKE Zachary 30
CROWLEY Ryan 15
CROZIER Hayden 17
DAWSON Zac 3
DE BOER Matt 40
DUFFIELD Paul 41
FYFE Nathan 7
GRIFFIN Jon 12
GROVER Antoni 14
HILL Stephen 32
LOWER Nick 10
MAYNE Chris 23
McPHARLIN Luke 18
McPHEE Adam 9
MELLINGTON Josh 25
MENEGOLA Sam 39
MZUNGU Tendai 13
NEALE Lachie 27
PAVLICH Matthew 29
PEARCE Clancee 46
PITT Jayden 4
SCHLOITHE Haiden 35
SILVAGNI Alex 36
SPURR Lee 34
SUBAN Nick 8
VAN BERLO Jay 47