Team Selections

The Freo Line-up: round 23

Fremantle has made three changes for Saturday’s match against Melbourne at Patersons Stadium with captain Matthew Pavlich and debutant Tom Sheridan headlining the inclusions.Jon Griffin also returns to partner Aaron Sandilands in the ruck after Kepler Bradley could not be considered because of concussion.

Matt de Boer is out with an ankle injury, while Zac Clarke has been omitted.

Freo assistant Simon Lloyd said he expected de Boer to be available for the club’s first final the following weekend.

“Matty will be no worries at all,” he said.

“He was touch and go to come in this week but he should be right next week.”

Lloyd said Sheridan, the club’s top pick from the 2011 National Draft, would acquit himself well after some solid WAFL form had helped earn him a crack at AFL level.


Three come in to squad

No one is out of Fremantle’s team to face North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but three players have been added to the squad.Running defender Dylan Roberton, ruck/forward Zac Clarke and young midfielder Cam Sutcliffe are in the squad of 25, which will be trimmed to 22 at 2.30pm (WST) on Friday.

Jon Griffin remains out of the team after being a late withdrawal before last Saturday’s match against Richmond.

Clarke is coming off a strong performance in the WAFL with 22 disposals and 30 hitouts for East Perth playing most of the game in the ruck.

Freo assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said Clarke was close to best on ground.

“He dominated the game in the air and won a lot of ground balls,” Lloyd said.

“We were pleased with Zac’s tackling and follow up efforts. He showed great agility at ground level.”


The Freo Line-up: Two stars return

Freo has injected a double-dose of quality into the side named to play Richmond at Patersons Stadium on Saturday with Luke McPharlin and Nat Fyfe selected to return for the club’s 400th game.The duo – one who is up there among the greatest players in club history, and one with the potential to one day be – will boost Fremantle significantly for its massive clash against the Tigers.

The players to make way were Lachie Neale, who has a quad injury, and Dylan Roberton (omitted).

Champion ruckman Aaron Sandilands was named as an emergency along with Tom Sheridan and Roberton.

Assistant coach Mark Stone said Fyfe had ticked just about every box to make his return.

“He’s in the side,” Stone said.

“We trained today so we’ll have to see how he pulls up tomorrow, but talking to him after training, he felt very good.”


Suban and Silvagni set for the fight

Fremantle will lose nothing in courage and hardness with experienced duo Alex Silvagni and Nick Suban picked to return in Saturday’s crucial clash with second-placed Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.Coming out of the side was suspended key defender Luke McPharlin and running backman Dylan Roberton, who was omitted.

Freo’s emergencies for the match were Lachie Neale, Cameron Sutcliffe and Roberton.

Despite two solid seasons since his debut in 2010, Silvagni has struggled to break into a Fremantle defence that this year ranks second in the league for points conceded, behind only ladder-leading Sydney Swans.

With All Australian full-back contender McPharlin banned for a game, the courageous 24-year-old will step up to play on one of Adelaide’s dangerous tall forwards in Kurt Tippett (if he plays) and Taylor Walker.


Freo Line-up: Dawson returns

Ross Lyon has stayed true to his word from Wednesday’s Carlton Mid Derby media conference that Freo would not be making many changes – there’s been just the one.Key defender Zac Dawson returns to the team at the expense of promising South Australian recruit Cameron Sutcliffe.

The emergencies were Zac Clarke, who is on stand-by should Jon Griffin not come up, Josh Mellington and Sutcliffe.

Dawson returned to action via the WAFL last weekend after missing six games.

While he only had seven disposals, assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said the club was pleased with Dawson’s defensive efforts.

“We were really happy with Zac’s game in regards to his positioning and his ability to nullify opponents,” Lloyd said on WAFL Watch.


Four in for Fremantle


Stars Nathan Fyfe and Chris Mayne headline the inclusions as Fremantle looks to win its fourth game in a row on Sunday when it plays Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

Key defender Zac Dawson and Lachie Neale were also added to a squad of 25 that will be trimmed to 22 when the final teams are submitted at 2.30pm (WST) on Friday.

The only player out of the side that defeated Greater Western Sydney last Sunday was Zac Clarke.

Fyfe has been missing since undergoing shoulder surgery in May.

Senior coach Ross Lyon said the star youngster was an automatic inclusion into the team once he was right.

“He’s certainly fit and raring to go,” Lyon said.

“We’re excited to have him back and he’ll give us an emotional lift.”

With Fyfe’s return, Cam Sutcliffe’s emergence and the likes of Neale, Lower and Jesse Crichton pushing hard to play on a weekly basis, Lyon now has a plethora of midfield options at his disposal.


Freo Line-up: Suban and Clarke return


Nick Suban and Zac Clarke have been selected to replace the injured Chris Mayne and Greg Broughton for Sunday’s clash against Greater Western Sydney at Patersons Stadium.

Suban’s run and hardness will test the young Giants, who have lost consecutive games by 161 and 119 points, while Clarke’s height will stretch Kevin Sheedy’s defenders.

Freo will go into the game with talls Jon Griffin, Kepler Bradley and Clarke. While Griffin will ruck, it remained to be seen how the other two will be used between the ruck and up forward.

Suban has played seven matches this season and will be keen to impress after being in and out of the side in 2012.

Clarke could replace Mayne in attack to keep Freo’s forward structure intact.

“Zac’s been a part of that contingent all year,” senior coach Ross Lyon said.


Clarke, Anthony miss trip east

Fremantle has responded to a three-game losing streak by cutting misfiring forwards Zac Clarke and Jack Anthony and recalling forgotten big man Kepler Bradley to the squad for Saturday’s clash with Richmond at the MCG.Bradley, who has played one WAFL game in his return from a leg injury, has been joined in Fremantle’s 24-man travelling squad by ruckman Jon Griffin, defender Adam McPhee and midfielders Nick Suban and Jayden Pitt.

Clarke is expected to be the team’s non-travelling emergency, while Anthony has been omitted after making a disappointing return in last Saturday’s 29-point loss to Adelaide.

Defender Paul Duffield, who has played every game this season and averaged 19 disposals, is not injured but was an absentee in the travelling group on Thursday.

“We’ve got to reward players who are doing the right thing and committing themselves week in and week out to playing the type of footy that Ross (Lyon) and the match committee want, and we’ll continue to do that,” football manager Chris Bond said.


Freo Line-up: Van Berlo in

Fremantle has made one change for Saturday’s Indigenous Round match against Hawthorn, with Jay van Berlo replacing the injured Adam McPhee.Senior coach Ross Lyon indicated before flying out for Launceston today that McPhee, who sustained a calf injury last week, would likely only miss the Aurora Stadium game.

The emergencies were Jesse Crichton, Jonathon Griffin and Alex Silvagni.

Van Berlo’s selection was the culmination of consistently solid WAFL performances for West Perth this season.

Assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said the 23-year-old could play a variety of roles and be relied upon to give his all for the team.

“Jay’s a versatile player,” he said.

“The biggest thing Ross talks about is effort, and with Jay, you know he’s going to give you 100 per cent effort every day.”

Lloyd said the ninth-placed Hawks, who have won four games this season, were a highly skilled team that liked to play high-possession, uncontested football.


Freo Line-up: Spurr him on

Debutant Lee Spurr is one of two inclusions to Fremantle’s team to play Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.Hard-running defender Dylan Roberton has also earned senior selection after a sizzling month of footy for WAFL side East Perth.

Nathan Fyfe is out after the club announced earlier this week that the star youngster would require surgery on his shoulder, while Jack Anthony has been omitted.

The emergencies for the trip to Queensland were Jay van Berlo, Alex Silvagni and new recruit Tom Sheridan.

Spurr already has senior experience, having spent the past five seasons playing for Central Districts in the SANFL, winning three premierships.

The 24-year-old rookie, who was elevated onto the senior list last week, said he was experiencing a range of emotions after finding out he would be playing his first AFL game.

“I’m pretty nervous and I’m pretty excited,” Spurr said.


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