Fremantle teenager Tom Sheridan will make his debut against Melbourne at Patersons Stadium tomorrow night after midfield hard nut Matt de Boer was ruled out with an ankle injury.
The Dockers made three changes to the team that beat North Melbourne by 53 points at Etihad Stadium last Sunday. Skipper Matthew Pavlich was named and the Dockers will play ruckmen Jon Griffin and Aaron Sandilands in the same team for only the third time.
Kepler Bradley was ruled out because of concussion suffered against the Kangaroos, while Zac Clarke was omitted.
Sheridan, 18, has averaged 17 possessions a game in 14 matches with Peel in his first season on Fremantle's list after being taken at pick 16 in last year's AFL draft. He has been close to selection for several weeks.
"He is a high-end runner, very athletic and he uses the ball well," development coach Simon Lloyd told the club's website after the announcement of the team.
"It is not just offensive run. He will run hard both ways to help out the team."
Lloyd said de Boer was expected to return next week.
Griffin had led Fremantle's ruck since the round-11 clash with Richmond but was a late withdrawal from the round-21 return match with the Tigers with a strained adductor muscle. He was left out of last week's team after Sandilands returned impressively.
Coach Ross Lyon expected Pavlich would be assessed over the next 36 hours to make sure he had recovered from Achilles tendon and adductor problems.
"He trained on Tuesday. He is really confident and determined to play," Lyon said. "There is a bit to play out yet but we will certainly name him. It will be similar to last week, I would imagine."
Lyon also revealed the club had flown specialists to Perth a month ago to help to plan management programs for Pavlich's Achilles problems.
"He has improved," Lyon said.
"He had a number of things happen in the last game on top of his general soreness. That Achilles he has managed for the last five years, so we have a strong plan in place for that, and then he had the adductor and the cork in the hamstring.
"Most of that has settled down.
"Everyone talks about best practice. We think we have employed that with Matthew, but we also talk about next practice. We have had some of the experts in the country fly in and give us some advice, so our management is always trying to improve with Matthew."
Lyon accused critics who had speculated that Fremantle would try to manipulate results to achieve a western derby final in the first week of the finals of being disrespectful to Melbourne and West Coast.
"Potential results are a distraction," he said. "We will stay squarely on giving it our best effort.
"You are making assumptions that we are going to control the game on game day. There are no easy games of AFL footy. We will focus on every minute of the game.
"We are not going to be mucking around at all. It is full steam ahead.
"We are going to pick our best possible team and from the first bounce we are going to compete exactly the same as we did against North Melbourne."
Lyon was also high in his praise for new assistant coach Brett Kirk, who will join the club next year.
"He wants to coach. It is a great opportunity for Brett to come into a really strong organisation that is building and determined to be successful," Lyon said.
"I know he can really help us grow. He has been to places and experienced things that a lot of people at this club haven't. He can, like Peter Sumich, myself, Mark Stone and all of the other people, help our player group to be what they want to be.""He trained on Tuesday. He is really confident and determined to play."" *Ross Lyon *on *Matthew Pavlich *
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