Fremantle youngster Lachie Neale is making a determined bid to be fit for Sunday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs, training fully at Fremantle Oval today to allay fears of an ongoing ankle problem.
Neale, who has suffered several ankle niggles this year and had to be assisted off the field during last Saturday's loss to Collingwood, joined in all drills as the Dockers completed a 100-minute session.
But doubts linger over the fitness of star midfielder Stephen Hill and defender Zac Dawson, while Clancee Pearce and Anthony Morabito missed the session.
Hill and Dawson did running drills away from the main group. Hill (ankle) looked proppy early but ran strongly later. Dawson’s return from a knee issue could assume greater significance with his replacement Alex Silvagni also on light duties.
Meanwhile, midfielder David Mundy, whose form has improved steadily after an interrupted pre-season, warned against underestimating the Bulldogs despite mediocre recent form.
“We have been a bit in the same boat to be honest,” he said. “A lot of Melbourne teams take the opportunity when they get out of Melbourne to really take the lid off and really try to explode, especially early so it is really going to be a great challenge.”
The Dockers enter a critical phase of their draw over the next month with winnable games ahead but Mundy said the focus had to be very much one game at a time.
“We just focus on this week. Next week our full focus will be on Melbourne but until we get to next week our full focus will be on the Bulldogs. This Sunday is the most important game for us at the moment.”
“I can’t speak for destiny. All I can say is that if we bring the same kind of effort we have been bringing especially towards the end of the game on the weekend then we will put ourselves in the best position this weekend to win.”