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Bright start for Ibbotson
Bright start for Ibbotson

Fremantle utility Garrick Ibbotson says he pulled up well from his first hit-out of the year in the opening round of the NAB Cup at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night.

Ibbotson estimated he played about 70 minutes of football across the two shortened matches against Geelong and West Coast.

He said he hoped to play in the scratch match against the Adelaide Crows in Adelaide this weekend.

“(It was) good to get through unscathed and I’m a little bit sore just from the running and the match speed but I feel really good.

“It’s more probably about getting some minutes into guys and playing some footy and like I said getting through unscathed.

“But trying out a few things and that is what we got out of the game and we will go to Adelaide next week and try to do the same thing again.”

Ibbotson said he expected forward Chris Mayne to recover well from the ankle injury he suffered against Geelong on Saturday night.

“I haven’t really heard too much about him but I saw him this morning and he was in good spirits so I think he will be fine.”

He said the performance of some of the club’s younger players, including Hayden Crozier, Tom Sheridan and Cameron Sutcliffe was a positive to come out of the matches.

“I think they were really good.

“A lot of our younger guys are probably better for the run.

“It gives them a bit of an opportunity to play against some bigger bodies and see how they go.”

The 24-year-old was one of three Dockers players who went to Badgingarra Primary School this morning as part of the club’s Australia Post AFL Community Camp.

Defender Peter Faulks and rookie ruckman Craig Moller joined Ibbotson to explain to the 33 students who attend the school about healthy living and eating.

“It is a bit of a drive to get out here but it is always good,” Ibbotson said.

“Some of the kids had a couple of curly questions but it is always good fun to see their enthusiasm and see the smiles on their faces when they are out having a kick on the oval."