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Freo takes short break in stride
Freo takes short break in stride

Fremantle assistant coach Peter Sumich says fatigue will not be a factor for the Dockers, despite coming off a six-day break with two lots of travel to face Adelaide at AAMI Stadium tomorrow night.

Sumich, who travelled to Adelaide yesterday with a playing squad of 25 for the match, said the Dockers could have prepared for the semifinal off a five-day break if they had to.

Fremantle look set to name the same 22 as last Saturday night in the win against Geelong, with Cameron Sutcliffe, Zac Clarke and Dylan Roberton completing the travel party.

But Sumich would not rule out a change to the team that played last week.

"We have got to make sure we are picking the right side for Adelaide and whether there is one or two changes, we don't know," Sumich said.

Sumich said Fremantle had to accept their finals schedule as a lower-ranked team.

"It is a bit bizarre, a very short week really, but that is where it sits finishing seventh," he said.

"We haven't got an issue with it because we know what happened finishing seventh. You have just got to move on and get on with it.

"The way they prepare these days, and we have lightened off a bit over the last week or so, knowing the travel was coming, it will be no issue at all.

"Recovery has been the big thing. The way they prepare now and recover they could move on and probably play within five days.

"They have all pulled up really well. We had a light session this morning, I think about 25 minutes. We will have some recovery sessions over there."

He said the players had benefited from wearing "humidiflyer" masks on flights this season to reduce dehydration.

"They were given those at the beginning of the year and it just helps them breathe easier," he said.

"Our doctors and physios think it works and the players have stuck with it so it must be helping.

"It looks bizarre if you are a passenger coming on and looking at these blokes wearing these funny masks, but at the end of the day it has helped."

Sumich said the Dockers had to reassess what happened last time the teams met at AAMI Stadium when the Crows dominated stoppages late and won by 28 points.

"After half-time, they got hold of us," Sumich said.

"We have to make sure we go in with a little bit of a different game plan. There are a couple of different players coming in, a handy two in (Nat) Fyfe and (Aaron) Sandilands.

"We have got to study what went on last time and reassess."

Sumich said he would not join Carlton as an assistant to new coach Mick Malthouse and hadn't given any consideration to the Port Adelaide coaching job.

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