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Dockers cop another blow, confident of not getting ‘spooked’ again


Ahead Matt Taberner has joined ruckman Sean Darcy on Fremantle’s harm record as coach Justin Longmuir urges his group to not be spooked heading into Saturday’s conflict with Geelong.

Taberner is ready to overlook the subsequent two weeks after injuring his hamstring in Saturday’s 35-point win over Carlton.

Excessive-flying Fremantle already knew they’d be with out Darcy (concussion) for this week’s journey to the Cattery, however Taberner’s setback was solely confirmed in current days.

Sean Darcy is gradual to rise up after a head knock throughout spherical six, 2022. Image: AFL Pictures

“It was a bit of a different one,” Longmuir mentioned.

“It (the harm) was the center of the third quarter, in order that’s why it was a bit of bit unusual and we needed to do a little bit of investigation over the past couple of days as as to whether it was a knock or a pressure.

“He managed to finish the game and kicked that goal in the last quarter. He’s going to miss the next probably couple of weeks.”

Taberner missed the primary two rounds of the season with a hamstring harm, however he showcased his star energy with a seven-goal haul towards Essendon a fortnight in the past

Spearhead Josh Treacy booted 4 targets within the WAFL over the weekend, however Longmuir was tight-lipped as to who would are available in for Taberner.

Ruckman Lloyd Meek will substitute Darcy, whereas defenders Heath Chapman and Hayden Younger shall be put via their paces in a separate session on Wednesday afternoon when they’re launched from COVID-19 protocols.

Lloyd Meek turns with the ball for Fremantle towards West Coast in R3, 2022. Image: Getty Photographs

Star Geelong midfielder Patrick Dangerfield missed final week’s win over North Melbourne with a calf harm, however he is an opportunity to return towards the Dockers.

Longmuir has overseen two disappointing losses to Geelong throughout his tenure as Fremantle coach.

In 2020, Fremantle kicked 2.4 (16) and had been held goalless till late within the third quarter in a 32-point dwelling defeat to Geelong in a rain-soaked conflict in Perth.

Final yr in a Thursday evening conflict at Optus Stadium, Fremantle booted a wasteful 3.13 (31) in a 69-point defeat to the Cats.

The second-placed Dockers are using excessive this season with a 5-1 file, and Longmuir desires to see his group go toe to toe with Geelong within the strain and contested stakes.

Geelong gamers have a good time the win over Fremantle in spherical 18 on July 15, 2021. Image: AFL Pictures

“I think they’ve been too big and too strong for us at times,” Longmuir mentioned.

“We have put a number of work into our health and a number of work within the gymnasium over the pre-season.

“Hopefully we are able to measure up in that sense, which I am actually assured we are able to.

“The opposite factor is we have simply been spooked at instances and gone away from our footy.

“Whether we win or lose, we just want to come off the ground at the end of the game and say we played our way.”

 



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