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Selection dilema of the best kind

With Chris Connolly declaring Antoni Grover and Luke Mc Pharlin almost certain starters for next weeks Preliminary Final against Sydney, the question is, which unlucky defender will be dropped.

After one of the most even team contributions all year against Melbourne, it will not be an easy task.

Shane Parker is in career best form. Luke Mc Pharlin offers too much flexibility and skill. Roger Hayden's dynamic form reversal has been one of the key reasons for the Dockers turn around mid season.

The only likely exclusion might be 'Mr Fix it' Luke Webster. This despite a 14 possession game against Melbourne and kicking the first Fremantle goal.

One interesting statistic that might make it even more difficult for the match committee is the fact that since Webster was included in the side, in round ten, his first game for 2006, Fremantle have only lost one game, and Webster did not play in that game. In fact Webster has not played in a losing Fremantle side this year. This is a similar state of affairs to Clem Michael many years ago, when he too was a tall running player who also seemed to be a team barometer of success.

Grover's value to the team, especially in facing the strong Barry Hall, is unquestioned. But the quandary of who will miss out may not be answered till 20 minutes before bounce down on Friday night.

In a late postscript, Paul Medhurst may also push for a shock inclusion after almost singlehandedly giving Claremont victory over South Fremantle. Paul kicked five goals and impressed with his endevour and team work in a losing side as the Tigers bowed out of the finals race this afternoon.

3 comments:

  Anonymous

3:26 pm

I was surprised at the number of Dockers playing on Sunday - Medders, Duffield, Thornton etc. Plenty of past players too. But there's no way they'll play in Sydney with only a 5 day rest.

If anything, Grover in for Hayden. Webster played too well. Although Hayden is genius, he's making errors of judgement in disposal. I'd say the same about Parks but he always keeps Hall quiet.

  dockersfan

7:30 pm

Here are some links for ya matey...

http://media.putfile.com/Damian-Drum-SportsCentral

http://media.putfile.com/Adrian-Anderson-AFL-GrandFinal

  Mark Edwards

12:11 pm

Hearing Damian Drum talk, I quite like the guy.

I dont know what really went wrong during his coaching period, but he did set the club up with some courageous choices in regard to draft picks, and he also admitted he handled the whole Chris Grant thing badly.
So well done to him for that!
It also shows the character of the man that despite all that happened, especially by the media and the club, he is able to laugh about it, and enjoy the good times now

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