Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands has admitted his wonder pass which landed in the arms of speedster Stephen Hill and led to the match-sealing goal against Geelong, was more good luck than good planning.
Sandilands fisted the ball towards the boundary line with under two minutes to go in the qualifying final at Simonds Stadium, with the Dockers 10 points up and the game in the balance.
Hill came off the bench at the right moment, carrying the ball all the way up the wing and slotting the goal from 40m out.
"No I can't claim that one," Sandilands said this morning. "That was all Hilly's good work.
"I was actually going for the boundary line.
"I was surprised when I saw him there and he took off."
But that punch was one of several decisive hits in a dominant second half from the 31-year-old, who was playing just his eighth game for the year.
"We actually got off to a really slow start as a midfield group," he said.
"We were disappointed with our first quarter and we knew coming up against a quality opponent in Geelong and with the strength of their midfield, we had to lift our game.
"We sort of started to do that in the second, third and fourth quarter."
It was Sandilands' second week back from a cheekbone injury.
He wore a helmet but expects to ditch the headgear for next weekend's preliminary final.
"It helped me over the last couple of weeks to get back out there but it's nice now that it's gone," he said.
Sandilands was one of several stars who did not appear at this morning's training session at Fremantle Oval. Nick Suban was absent after injuring an ankle during the win over the Cats.
"I generally get managed at the beginning of the week inside just doing my recovery sort of stuff," Sandilands said.
"Subes is moving around pretty well.
"I'm not sure medically where he's at but I'm pretty sure having the weekend off he'll be right to go."
Luke McPharlin appeared to have pulled up well after playing for the first time since July 7, joining his teammates for a light run.Defenders Garrick Ibbotson (Achilles) and Michael Johnson (calf) made brief appearances, but not get out of first gear in a series of jogs.