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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

How many talls is too many for the Fremantle Dockers?

Garry Lyon has voiced his concern about Fremantle’s “glut” of key forwards after their JLT Community Series loss to Collingwood in Joondalup yesterday.
The Dockers played eight talls in their pre-season opener including new recruits Jesse Hogan (195cm) and Rory Lobb (207cm), fellow forwards Matt Taberner (199cm) and Brennan Cox (193cm), defenders Alex Pearce (200cm), Joel Hamling (194cm) and Griffin Logue (193cm) and ruckman Scott Jones (203cm).
Ruckmen Aaron Sandilands (calf) and Sean Darcy (back tightness) and forward Shane Kersten (foot) missed through injury, while former Giant Cam McCarthy was left out.
The Melbourne great was confused about how the Dockers’ forward-line set-up would work when their season kicks off against North Melbourne at Optus Stadium on March 24.
“Taberner’s one, Cox is another who kicked three goals in the first half last night, McCarthy who didn’t play but he’s been their go to, then you throw Hogan and Lobb in.
“They’re the two they’ll have, and I reckon Cox is going to be hard to dislodge, so then you’ve got a bit of an issue in terms of the right mix, whether you can keep pressure in your forward 50.
“I would love to sit down with Ross Lyon and say ‘how are you seeing your forward line set up, what does your ideal forward-line look like?’”
Cox turned out to be the main focal point up front for the Dockers against Collingwood, presenting well to finish with an equal game-high three majors from 12 disposals.
Lobb battled hard in the ruck against All-Australian Brodie Grundy in the absence of Sandilands and Darcy.
But Darcy’s expected return from a back injury in Sunday’s derby against West Coast in Mandurah is likely to push Lobb forward.

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