Barlow says Dockers deserved bans
Barlow says Dockers deserved bans

Fremantle's Michael Barlow has no sympathy for players suspended by the tribunal.

As the Dockers escaped another ban with David Mundy being offered a reprimand for his bump on West Coast's Scott Selwood on Sunday, Barlow urged players to make the ball their focus.

"A lot was made of Colin Sylvia and Hayden Ballantyne and the disappointment from the group from the top down," he said.

"It wasn't good enough and it is not what we want to be branded as.

"No sympathy for them really.

"They damage themselves and they damage the club for a short amount of time. Hayden Ballantyne is no good to us sitting in the stands next to me when we are watching North Melbourne and we are kicking it to Pav one on three.

"That is punishment enough for Hayden to understand how he has got to play.

"He was challenged on the weekend and his response was absolutely outstanding."

Barlow said players wanting to avoid suspensions for bumping needed to make the ball their sole focus.

"If the ball is there to be won in a 50-50 contest and you decide to go the bump you are going to put yourself under a lot more pressure," he said.

"I don't reckon I have laid a bump in my career. If I am too slow to get to the ball first I just try to wrap them up."

The West Australian

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