Crowley Looking To Contain Ablett

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Suns' superstar Gary Ablett will be tagged by Freo's Ryan Crowley. Picture: Getty Images/


Patersons Stadium

Saturday March 29, 6:40pm AEST

Why watch?
Crowley v Ablett. That contest is always worth watching. In one corner we have Ablett – the best player in the comp and natural ball winner – and in the other we have Crowley – the best tagger in the comp who makes a habit of getting under his opponents skin. Aside from that duel, while the Dockers are somewhat boring in their systematic approach under Ross Lyon, there is something strangely compelling about the way they strangle sides into submission.

Match notes
- Fremantle had more inside 50s than any other team in Round 1 with 65 against the Magpies
- Nick Suban is available after serving a one-match suspension from the grand final
- David Swallow inked a deal with the Suns this week. Committing until end of 2017
- Boom youngster Jack Martin had surgery on his shoulder and is sidelined indefinitely
- Charlie Dixon is expected to recover

Say what?
"He's (Ablett) a quality player and it will be a team focus to negate him," Aaron Sandilands with perhaps the understatement of year.

Key injuries
Kepler Bradley (knee) - 2-3 weeks
Jonathon Griffin (knee) - 3 weeks
Scott Gumbleton (hamstring) - 10-12 weeks
Anthony Morabito (knee) - TBC
Colin Sylvia (quad) - test

Nathan Bock (leg) - TBC
Jack Martin (shoulder) - indefinite
Zac Smith (knee) - TBC
Seb Tape - (hamstring) - test

Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)

L 71 St Kilda
W 15 Geelong
W 25 Sydney
L 15 Hawthorn
W 70 Collingwood

Gold Coast
W 13 Melbourne
L 17 Port Adelaide
L 46 St Kilda
W 83 GWS
W 18 Richmond

Last 5 between clubs

Fantasy factoid
Aaron Sandilands has never played against the Suns but ruckman traditionally do well against them. Was sensational last week against the Pies and should dominate again.

Cold hard fact
Gold Coast have never won at Patersons Stadium in four attempts - three losses to West Coast and one to the Dockers.

Final Word
You just can't tip against Fremantle at home, especially against the young and inexperienced Suns.

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