Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has hit back at Gold Coast, saying they lack respect and the Dockers are keen to have “a good go” against them in Saturday’s AFL clash.
Comments that Suns captain Gary Ablett and teammate Trent McKenzie posted on Twitter have stirred up Fremantle ahead of the Gold Coast match.
Last Friday night, Ablett described Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley as “a joke” for the way he played on Carlton captain Chris Judd.
If Ablett returns from injury on Saturday, Crowley will no doubt line up on him.
McKenzie also said a few weeks ago that Geelong full-back Matthew Scarlett “did a favour for most people” by punching Fremantle small-forward Hayden Ballantyne in their fiery round-one match.
Lyon said the comments showed a lack of respect towards his club.
“We are pretty keen to get up there and have a good go at them on Saturday,” Lyon told Perth radio station 6PR.
“We don’t care who they run down the race, but I don’t think they have got too much respect for us as a club.
“I am not sure they should be tweeting about other players from other clubs.
“We are pretty keen to get up there and compete.”
Lyon also strongly defended Crowley for his negating tactics on stars such as Judd.
“The midfielders have never been better looked after,” he said.
“They don’t get whacked, they don’t get held, they get free kicks paid – I just think it is some people being a bit precious.”
Lyon also revealed star ruckman Aaron Sandilands might not return this week from his leg injuries, while captain Matthew Pavlich and Jack Anthony are recovering from illness.