Mundy a possibility says Lyon
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says key midfielder David Mundy is a chance to return against the Sydney Swans at the SCG on Saturday after taking part in full training this week.
Mundy missed the round 1 victory over Geelong with an ankle injury and is listed as a test for this week’s game.
Lyon said Michael Barlow’s successful return from leg soreness as the substitute against Geelong could be replicated with Mundy, who missed the entire NAB Cup after serious ankle surgery.
“He’s certainly putting his hand up,” Lyon said. “He trained fully yesterday and he’ll train fully Thursday … we’ve just got to keep mapping out what’s best for the team first and then David second.
“[Barlow] hadn’t played but he was able to play a full role for the team (against Geelong) and was running strong in the last quarter with 10 possessions.
“We’ve got to try to get the ingredients right this weekend.”
Lyon says he had also spoken to Hayden Ballantyne about ‘milking’ for free kicks.
Ballantyne, who was among Fremantle’s best players in the dramatic four-point win, has accepted a two-week ban for striking Geelong’s Paul Chapman in round one.
“It (staging) has been on the AFL agenda for a while, and that was only the one aspect of Hayden’s game [we addressed],” Lyon said on Wednesday.
“He gets buffeted a lot off the ball because he’s very talented and he’s small and he’s hittable isn’t he.
“But it’s that milking that we’ve put on the agenda. He doesn’t want to be remembered for that. What he wants to be remembered for is his great ball winning and pace and goalkicking and enthusiasm.
“So out of the whole package, if that’s all he needs to control, we’re really happy with Hayden.”
Lyon, who described Ballantyne as mentally tough and resilient, said he was not worried about the 24-year-old becoming a target for opposition teams.
When he was coach of St Kilda, Lyon admitted he sent players out to “rough up” the creative goalsneak.
“He’s been a target in AFL footy for a long time,” Lyon said. “I used to send players down to rough him up, because he’s a match winner. Make no mistake, that’s what happens to Hayden.
“He’s got great determination, so I’m not worried in the slightest.”
With no injury concerns out of round one, Ballantyne is the only Fremantle player who needs replacing, and Lyon said there were a number of options for the match committee.
Jay van Berlo and Dylan Roberton pushed their claims with strong WAFL performances the coach said, while Antoni Grover, Lee Spurr and Jack Anthony, who have all battled calf injuries, would be considered.
Lyon said he expected a “fierce, contested game” against the Swans, and he would tap into assistant coach Mark Stone’s inside knowledge, with the stoppage specialist spending four years at Sydney before joining Fremantle last September.