Malaxos calls on Chidlow factor
Malaxos calls on Chidlow factor

Steve Malaxos will look to mile-stone man Daniel Chidlow for a special effort when East Fremantle clash with port rival South Fremantle today.

Best known for his shut-down roles on damaging opponents, Chidlow will line up in his 100th game at Fremantle Oval.

Malaxos said Chidlow, who made his debut in 2004, would become the 140th Shark to reach the milestone in the club's 114-year history.

"Daniel is not a flamboyant player and he hasn't won a fairest and best but he has just chipped away and got there," Malaxos said yesterday.

Chidlow normally matches up on dangerous Bulldogs playmaker Kris Miller but Malaxos said the 25-year-old might tackle a different high-profile opponent, Collingwood recruit Ryan Cook.

Cook was the Bulldogs best player when they beat premiers Swan Districts by 24 points at Steel Blue Oval on April 16.

"Ryan Cook has been in really good form for South Fremantle and we have to pay him a lot of attention," Malaxos said.

The Sharks need to be more efficient in attack after a wayward 6.16 in the 25-point loss to West Perth in their last game on April 9.

East Fremantle had 20 inside 50s to the Falcons three in the first quarter for a return of 2.8, and finished ahead of West Perth 59 to 35 over four quarters.

"We have been doing a lot of things very well, and that is evidenced by those inside 50 stats," the coach said.

"But we haven't been as efficient forward of centre as we need to be and it quite simply told on the scoreboard against West Perth.

"West Perth were more efficient than we were, kicking 11 goals from 35 entries and we kicked six goals from 59. That single stat told a story in that match."

East Fremantle will be without injured recruit Richard Hadley, the Brisbane premiership midfielder expected to be out for up to seven weeks with a knee injury, but have added Chidlow and forward Dom-inic Foster.

South Fremantle made one change with former Sharks midfielder Theo Adams replacing Adam McIntosh.

The unlucky McIntosh, who made his debut in round two, will have a knee reconstruction after being injured in the first five minutes against Swans last weekend.

Adams, who injured his collarbone in a pre-season game against Claremont, was restricted to two games last year by a heart ailment.

A winner of East Fremantle's champion award in 2007, Adams played 40 games for the Sharks in 2007 and 2008 before returning to the club which launched his career.

The West Australian

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