Fremantle coach Ross Lyon concedes his team’s top-two chances are done and dusted, but says having to travel for two straight weeks won’t hold any fears for his side.
The Dockers moved into third spot on the table with a 74-point hammering of Port Adelaide in Perth on Saturday night.
But for Fremantle to nab second spot and a home qualifying final, they would need Brisbane to upset Geelong at Simonds Stadium next Saturday.
That scenario is highly unlikely, with Lyon already resigned to missing out on a top-two berth.
Fremantle round out their season against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
And unless Geelong stumbles against Brisbane, the Dockers would have to again make the trip to Melbourne the following week to take on either the Cats or Hawthorn in a qualifying final.
At no point this season have Fremantle been forced to travel two weeks in a row.
But Lyon pointed to his team’s strong performances on the road in last year’s finals series as proof his players could handle the burden.
The Dockers stunned Geelong in an elimination final at the MCG last year before coming close to beating Adelaide at AAMI Stadium a week later.
“It’s part of the business. I’m sure we live in WA and if you don’t finish in the top two, you’re going to fly. We’ll be fine,” Lyon said.
Fremantle could welcome back as many as three players from injury next week, with ruckman Aaron Sandilands (fractured cheekbone), Clancee Pearce (calf) and Luke McPharlin (calf) all a chance to play.
But even more changes could be on the cards, with Lyon hinting at the possibility of resting some key players against the lowly Saints.
“We just need to make sure we prepare our players in the best light possible going forward,” Lyon said after the 21.8 (134) to 9.6 (60) win over the Power.
“We’ll sit down during the week and bang out some ideas.
“We have an opportunity to prepare for the first final as best we can. What that looks like I’m not sure.”
Rebounding defender Nick Suban might miss the Saints clash after experiencing hamstring tightness against the Power.
But forward Hayden Ballantyne looks to be in red hot form heading into the finals after shaking off a shoulder injury to kick four goals against Port Adelaide.Categories : 上海性息网