Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Dockers Stretched

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Dockers Stretched

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FREMANTLE is frantically scrambling to reorganise its injury-hit defence to cope with in-form Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt in tonight's clash at Etihad Stadium.

Fremantle's three key defenders Co Antoni Grover (hamstring), Chris Tarrant (Achilles tendon) and Luke McPharlin (knee) Co are sidelined through injury, spelling bad news for the fourth-placed Dockers.

Riewoldt has kicked 53 goals this season to lead the Coleman Medal, but it is his past seven games that have sent shudders through the competition.

The 21-year-old has booted 38 goals during that period, including a bag of 10 against West Coast, two tallies of six and another haul of five.

Fremantle has been reduced to three C[pounds sterling]viableC[yen] but hardly ideal options to cover Riewoldt Co unheralded rookie Alex Silvagni, the out-of-form Adam McPhee or a rusty Michael Johnson.

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has admitted the emphasis will be on cutting off Riewoldt's supply rather than stopping the C[pounds sterling]big boyC[yen]. …

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