I agree, but Swallow and Ainsworth likely out. So some further midfield rotations required.
Also, wondering if we bring in Crossley or Sam Day against Freo - pending match review of the practice match. They are a bit taller/bigger than we are in the key posts. Maybe even both of them will be required with some team changes?
If true, I would be getting some sort of compensation from the AFL, I imagine Cochrane would be livid and get on his soapbox if true.
PCL isn't season ending, Gardiner from the Lions did his in January and played Round 1. So he may have to sit out till the bye if true. Fingers crossed it is exaggerated and he only misses a few weeks.
should be able to get tickets at the gate, although the first few games at home usually draw a decent crowd, before the shit performances produce a drop off in attendance throughout the season. freo games generally don't draw a huge crowd, so should have access to most ticketed areas.
4.40pm game at this time of year means the sun would be setting towards the end of the second quarter i think, so if you're seated on the eastern wing you might get a bit of sun in the eyes. generally most of the ground has good sight lines, pretty close to the action. being a member i'm not entirely sure where the other ticketed areas are but there's usually plenty of second tier seats. as close to the middle of the wing in the first few rows of the second tier would be a good choice if you can get one.