Fremantle can still win without Pav

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    Since the start of their history, the Fremantle Dockers have relied on a select few players to get them across the line.

    For example, Matthew Pavlich and Aaron Sandilands have carried Fremantle on their backs for many years. Without these players, the Dockers had little to no chance of pulling off a win.

    In Round 21 last year, the Dockers were fighting for a finals spot with a must win clash against North Melbourne.

    Pav failed to pass a fitness test and those in the media gave the team little hope of competing, let alone pulling off a victory.

    They came out and kicked their highest score all season and beat the Kangaroos by 10 goals.

    Guys like Jon Griffin, Michael Walters and Chris Mayne stepped up and performed.

    The goals came from everywhere.

    However this weekend is a tougher challenge.

    They travel to Launceston to face the Hawks, one of the toughest teams to play in footy.

    It wouldn’t be easy even if Pav was playing, but the men in purple will be viewing it as an opportunity to prove to the AFL that they are the real deal and can compete as a team.

    With a good performance this weekend, the Dockers can shake off that one-man team tag and show that when their greatest champion finally calls it a day, they won’t be finished.

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    • April 19th 2013 @ 6:29am
      Will said | April 19th 2013 @ 6:29am | ! Report

      No chance against Hawks at the Mcg. I expect 10+ goal thrashing

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        April 19th 2013 @ 7:25am
        Ash Lemson said | April 19th 2013 @ 7:25am | ! Report

        Not at the MCG, at Aurora stadium, will be closer than you think

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      April 19th 2013 @ 7:45am
      Jason von Stieglitz said | April 19th 2013 @ 7:45am | ! Report

      The wide expanses of Aurora Stadium will be better suited to Freo than the MCG, but that hasn’t helped them in the past. Pavlich hasn’t contributed a lot this season so might not be missed that much in any case. I think that the Hawks forward line will be the key to the game. If the Dockers can starve them of space then they will be a chance, but it’s easier said than done…

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        April 19th 2013 @ 4:36pm
        Ash Lemson said | April 19th 2013 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

        Yep agree, the key is to shut down Buddy and the rest. Freo do have the defence to do it . However I am more worried about up the other end. Bradley is the only talk forward. Mayne is middle sized and Walters, Ballantyne, Neale and De Boer are all small. I think there defence should cover our attack easily

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