Preview Round 23: Changes Vs Port Adelaide + Pre-match discussion

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Hugh Dixon to make Fremantle Dockers debut against Port Adelaide
Jordan McArdle and Chris RobinsonThe West Australian
Friday, 23 August 2019 3:17PM

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Hugh Dixon will make his AFL debut against Port Adelaide after being called up from outside the initial squad to make the trip east.
But the Dockers will have to rely on fellow tall Scott Jones to carry the ruck load against Power duo Scott Lycett and Paddy Ryder after Sean Darcy was ruled out with concussion.
Dixon, a versatile 194cm tall, has been required to play in a variety of positions in his 13 games for the injury-hit Peel Thunder this year including up forward, down back and in the ruck.
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The 19-year-old Tasmanian had a slow start to his time at Fremantle after getting drafted with pick 44 in the 2017 national draft, with ankle and hamstring injuries hurting his progress.
But he has been building nicely in the WAFL over the past couple of months.
“He’s definitely improved the last few weeks, I think the biggest thing for Hugh is Hugh believing in himself and the professionalism required of him as an AFL footballer,” caretaker coach David Hale said on Friday morning.
“I think he’s definitely made strides in the last three weeks.”
Hugh Dixon (left) will make his Freo debut.
Hugh Dixon (left) will make his Freo debut.Picture: Daniel Wilkins
Dixon becomes the fourth Docker to debut this season, behind Lachie Schultz, Brett Bewley and Jason Carter.
Darcy suffered a concussion late in last weekend’s loss to Essendon, and despite passing his initial test early this week, he was unable to prove his fitness today.
Bailey Banfield and Ryan Nyhuis also come in to the Dockers side, with retired duo Aaron Sandilands and Hayden Ballantyne joining Darcy and the omitted Lachie Schultz on the sidelines.
The Power made four changes of their own, with Lycett, Xavier Duursma, Trent McKenzie and Willem Drew replacing an ill Tom Clurey and dropped trio Sam Powell-Pepper, Peter Ladhams and Zak Butters.
 

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Nodgey

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Everyone here thought we’d comfortably lose to Port before Lyon was sacked. But sure, go ahead and try to read more into it.
 

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put your house on port by 60+. players not on board with Rossy's sacking.
And that would benefit the players how? They’d all want to be showing off how good they are prior to next year. Chucking the towel in is a good way to not be selected again. Ever.
 

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Will be interesting to see where each player lines up. Hopefully we see the players line up a bit different to how Ross had them. More cerra in the middle for example. Hopefully Hale can put his spin on things and we don’t see a low scoring boring game. Rather the attacking style of play we the fans can get excited watching
 

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