Fremantle coach Ross Lyon’s strategy against West Coast has been a constant over the past few seasons — limit the influence of Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey and Shannon Hurn.
Fortune favours the brave. If Adam Simpson is to maximise his team’s chances of pulling off a derby upset tomorrow, he may have to make the boldest move in his AFL coaching career by not tagging white-hot Docker Nat Fyfe.
Fremantle ruckman Zac Clarke is rapidly firming to play in tomorrow’s western derby after training yesterday before being named in the club’s 22.
Norm Smith medallist Andrew Embley has backed Matt Rosa to curb Nat Fyfe’s influence in the western derby, saying his former West Coast teammate has the physical attributes to go with the Fremantle star.
West Coast plan to go after Aaron Sandilands in Sunday’s western derby in an attempt to blunt Fremantle’s midfield dominance, according to assistant coach Justin Longmuir.
Danyle Pearce says Fremantle cannot drop their guard going into Sunday’s western derby and must keep the momentum rolling after their strong start to the season.
To tag or not to tag? Dale Miller on the quandary facing Fremantle coach Ross Lyon.
Zac Clarke ran freely at Fremantle training this morning in strong signs the versatile ruckman will be fit to take his place in Sunday’s western derby.
Forward Max Duffy says he is aiming to win more of his own ball after adding bulk in the gym as he strives to break back into Fremantle’s line-up.
Fremantle young gun Lachie Neale has dismissed suggestions West Coast’s weakness is their midfield, declaring the Dockers’ powerful on-ball division is under no illusion about the task awaiting it in Sunday’s western derby at Domain Stadium.
A feature of Ross Lyon-coached sides is their ability to adapt.