Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says the Dockers’ AFL elimination final upset of Geelong is no watershed moment and the club hasn’t achieved anything yet.
Skipper Matthew Pavlich, who was best afield with six goals, rated Saturday night’s 14.12 (96) to 11.14 (80) victory at the MCG as good as any he had been a part of.
“Instinctively it probably is up there with the first finals win that we had a number of years ago now,” Pavlich said.
“Particularly against a side that we respect so highly, who have been here and done it many times before, the reigning premiers, with some champion players, we really respect their team and their club.
“So to come out and really perform on the big stage that is the MCG on a Saturday night is pleasing.”
But when asked whether the win - just the third finals win in the Dockers’ history and first outside of Perth - amounted to Fremantle coming of age as an AFL club, both Pavlich and Lyon said its importance should not be overstated.
“We’ve finished seventh, we’ve come and won one final, there’s no coming of age,” Lyon told reporters.
“This is about one week, one final, that’s all it means.
“We get to go to the next grid and have a go.
“We’re a serious football club that are about improvement.
“One win doesn’t make or break football clubs.
“We haven’t achieved anything yet, so let’s be really clear on that.”
The Dockers next meet Adelaide in a semi-final at AAMI Stadium on Friday night.
But Lyon refused to ponder how much further they could go.
“That’s just sensational, (speculating on) ’How far can you go?’, I haven’t got a crystal ball, I don’t know,” he said.
“That’s what the commentators and media (do). It’s good to speculate, but I’m not in that business, I’m in the business of staying in the moment.
“The best thing we can do for the next week is to prepare really well.”
The Dockers came through injury-free.Pavlich was treated for calf soreness late in the match and had his calf iced post-game, but said he merely copped a knock and had not sustained an injury of any significance.