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Lyon worried by AFL pre-season scheduling

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has questioned the AFL's pre-season scheduling after injuries to Matt Taberner and Brennan Cox put them in doubt for round one.

Lyon worried by AFL pre-season scheduling

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has questioned the AFL's pre-season scheduling after injuries to Matt Taberner and Brennan Cox put them in doubt for round one.

Dockers head coach ROSS LYON looks on while players warm up during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.
Dockers head coach ROSS LYON looks on while players warm up during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia. Picture:Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has taken a swipe at the AFL's pre-season scheduling, saying it might have been a contributing factor to injuries to Brennan Cox and Matt Taberner.

The Dockers copped a 51-point thumping at the hands of West Coast in Sunday's pre-season clash in Mandurah.


The match came just six days after Fremantle played in 37-degree heat in a 27-point loss to Collingwood.

Cox injured his left hamstring early in the loss to West Coast.

Taberner suffered either a calf or a hamstring injury on the same day while playing for Fremantle's affiliate side Peel Thunder in the curtain raiser.

Both players are now in doubt for the start of the season.

"It was always a concern coming here off a six-day break off our first hit-out in 40-degree heat at Joondalup," Lyon said.

"We're talking about player availability and people getting hurt in the JLT series.

"We've lost Cox in the first quarter with a hamstring.

"When you schedule teams, give them at least a normal seven days (after their first hit-out), let alone six days and after competing in 40-degree heat against the reigning premier who had eight days' break.

"I certainly never whack the AFL. They're super. But I'm sitting here thinking I came here concerned and I walk away concerned with it."

Lyon said he might raise the issue with the AFL when he flies across to Melbourne for the season launch.

"Can we attribute Cox to a six-day break, off your first hit-out? Probably, maybe, I'm not too sure," Lyon said.

The injuries to Cox and Taberner means former GWS forward Cam McCarthy could come into contention for the round one clash with North Melbourne.

McCarthy was overlooked for both of Fremantle's pre-season games, but might be given a chance if both Cox and Taberner are ruled out.

Fremantle's stoppage flop was a massive concern against West Coast.

The Dockers lost the clearance count 55-27, and were beaten 18-5 at the centre clearance.

Those numbers came despite winning the hitouts 50-36.

West Coast booted nine straight goals either side of half-time to set up the easy win.

The return of skipper Nat Fyfe (elbow) will help improve Fremantle's clearance numbers, but Lyon said there were also some technical aspects his team needed to address.

"They're concerns, but they're also good learnings," Lyon said.

"Stoppages you can break down and learn.

"That's not rocket science. We can get to that. That can be done, with everyone buying in."

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