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Taylor

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I hope they just take 24 and fly in/out players as needed.
This might no be possible if the reasons why move the game continue to be an issue, wider spread in Perth would mean those players flying in need to be kept away from the team or the team won't be able to move around.
 

Joao

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This might no be possible if the reasons why move the game continue to be an issue, wider spread in Perth would mean those players flying in need to be kept away from the team or the team won't be able to move around.
That would suck.

If true, I think it should be Blakely and Bewley that travel since they need the Peel time the least. Probably Meek out of necessity.
 

dont bowl there

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The difficulty is in getting regular games at Optus and avoiding fixture clashes there with the WC. The swap in games means we are now scheduled to play Brisvegas at Optus on the same weekend as the WC have a Optus game. Not insurmountable, but probably not ideal.
The ground is more than capable of hosting two games on a weekend.
 

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ignoramus

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Yep. Will be WC on Sat and Freo on Sun as per normal programming.

The main question is whether we'll get confirmation that the stadium operators have had enough time in between to bleach the seats and thoroughly decontaminate all toilets, bars and food outlets.
 

Van_Dyke

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Optus held 3 games in 3 days at one point last season, then did 3 games in 4 days not that long after. It’ll be fine
 

Dale147

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Fremantle take squad of 30 players to Gold Coast, including Sam Switkowski, Alex Pearce, Luke Ryan, Adam Cerra
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Alex Pearce could be a welcome return for Fremantle’s round nine game against the Bombers.

Alex Pearce could be a welcome return for Fremantle’s round nine game against the Bombers.Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Fremantle have taken a squad of 30 players to the Gold Coast in anticipation of their 11-day stint on the road.
The AFL confirmed yesterday Sunday’s round eight fixture against Brisbane will be played at the Gabba, with the Dockers to remain on the Gold Coast until their round 9 clash against Essendon.
Reinforcements appear on the way for the Bombers clash with a quartet of injured players making the trip to Queensland.
Luke Ryan is listed as 1-2 weeks away from a return to play.

Luke Ryan is listed as 1-2 weeks away from a return to play. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian
Sam Switkowski, Alex Pearce, Luke Ryan and Adam Cerra were all listed as one to two weeks away on the club’s most recent injury update, but appear set to return to AFL action next week and will continue their rehabilitation on the Gold Coast.
As reported by The West Australian, exciting youngster Joel Western is one step closer to an AFL debut, rewarded for his eye-catching WAFL form with a spot in Fremantle’s travelling party.
Midfielders Connor Blakley and Stefan Giro, exciting forward Liam Henry and ruck Lloyd Meek are also in the mix for a senior recall after making the trip east.
In bizarre scenes, the entire playing squad arrived at Perth airport on two separate buses but players remained on board as club staff loaded their luggage onto massive trolleys to be checked in.

Fremantle stuff transport player luggage into Perth airport.

Fremantle stuff transport player luggage into Perth airport. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian
Eventually the squad departed the bus and were escorted to airport security.
Housemates Matt Taberner and Griffin Logue were the only players not to travel by bus from Fremantle’s Cockburn headquarters, instead dropped off by a friend.
Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe waits to be scanned by security.

Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe waits to be scanned by security. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian
The Dockers travelled direct to the Gold Coast on a private charter plane.
Injured players will remain in Perth while some Dockers have also stayed behind to play for Peel Thunder in the WAFL.
Peel play Perth Demons on Saturday before a competition wide bye next weekend.
13 Dockers, including Sam Sturt, Ethan Hughes, Joel Hamling, Leno Thomas, Hayden Young, Heath Chapman, Luke Valente, Nathan O'Driscoll, Brandon Walker, Stephen Hill, Brett Bewley, Josh Treacy and Bailey Banfield will remain in WA.
Fremantle are due to return to Perth for their round 10 home fixture against Sydney but there is also the potential for a longer stint on the road dependant on Perth’s COVID situation.
Coach Justin Longmuir.

Coach Justin Longmuir. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian
“We need to plan for the worst and hope for the best,” Fremantle CEO Simon Garlick said.
“It’s a balancing act to make sure we get it right. We might be able to send players back or bring players over if things continue.
“They (discussions) would be had in earnest if there was a change of status here in WA.
“Fingers crossed it all continues to track in a positive direction and we can come home on Sunday but it is a real thing we have to consider.
“The strong preference and plan is that it will be for the next two games but we’ll make some allowances from a personnel and equipment perspective and underwear, to make sure you have enough to cover you.”
Fremantle will be uninhibited by COVID restrictions once they arrive in Queensland and won’t have to wear masks.
Could ruck Lloyd Meek be in line for an AFL recall?

Could ruck Lloyd Meek be in line for an AFL recall? Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian
The Dockers will stay at the Mercure Hotel which was used as part of the AFL hubs last season.
Freo’s travelling party:
Blake Acres
James Aish
Connor Blakely
Andy Brayshaw
Adam Cerra
Reece Conca
Travis Colyer
Brennan Cox
Mitch Crowden
Sean Darcy
Taylin Duman
Michael Frederick
Nat Fyfe
Stefan Giro
Liam Henry
Rory Lobb
Griffin Logue
Lloyd Meek
David Mundy
Alex Pearce
Luke Ryan
Lachie Schultz
Caleb Serong
Sam Switkowski
Matt Taberner
Darcy Tucker
Michael Walters
Tobe Watson
Joel Western
Nathan Wilson
 

mcpharlap

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Does anyone give us a chance on Sunday ? I certainly don't. Be nice if we gave a good performance especially considering last's week feeble and meek effort but once again I have extreme doubts.
 

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mcpharlap

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So we'll definitely come away witheh 4 points then. Have us all booking finals tickets. Only for Fyfe's head to fall off.

It's what Freo do.
I think we will score between 5 goals to 8 goals so I'll say we will score 50 points. Brisbane about 120. I do like the optimism shown here
 

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So here were are on a beautiful day in Perth watching our team play in Brisbane.

What an absolutely moronic ****ing decision, i bet there's a lockdown in round 21 and they lose the income anyway when they could've had a crowd this week. They deserve it
 

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