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Fremantle's Haddrill out for 2 weeks

16/02/2006 06:04:39 AM Comments (0)

Fremantle defender Robert Haddrill is expected to miss next week's opening pre-season AFL cup match against cross-town rival West Coast after picking up a hamstring injury during an intraclub match on Wednesday.

Haddrill sustained the injury in the first half of the training game at Subiaco Oval and will be sidelined for two weeks, continuing a wretched recent run with injury.

The 25-year-old was restricted to just three games last season due to a serious ankle problem he initially picked up in round one, missing the next five games.

He returned in round seven and played two matches before re-injuring the ankle and undergoing re-constructive surgery that ruled him out for the rest of the year.

Fremantle's first-choice fullback when fully fit, Haddrill was selected to represent Australia in the International Rules Series against Ireland in 2004.

He has played 56 games for the club, including every match in 2003 and 2004.

Fremantle's new assistant coach Mark Harvey and counterpart Mark Broadbridge led the two teams in the match.

Paul Medhurst showed some promising signs up front, while key position player Graham Polak, the No.4 pick in the 2001 draft who is yet to blossom at AFL level, was also lively at centre half-forward.

Before the game, Dockers coach Chris Connolly said there was plenty of competition for positions in the side for the NAB clash with the Eagles on February 26.

The Dockers have already stated their intention to field full-strength teams in an attempt to win this year's pre-season competition.

Star forward Matthew Pavlich will miss the match and is expected to be sidelined for a further three weeks following minor knee surgery in the off-season.

The All-Australian is also undergoing rehabilitation from shoulder surgery.

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