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Glass hopes Pavlich plays in WA derby

By Justin Chadwick 30/07/2008 06:11:12 PM Comments (0)

You would think an opposition defender would be thanking his lucky stars if he came up against a Fremantle outfit missing ace AFL spearhead Matthew Pavlich.

Not so Darren Glass.

The West Coast skipper is eager to make amends from his previous tussle with Pavlich when the Dockers captain booted 5.3 and snared the Ross Glendinning medal as best afield.

Fremantle won that round-three encounter by 14 points but may be without their inspirational leader in Sunday's western derby rematch at Subiaco Oval.

Pavlich, who missed last week's win over Port Adelaide with a jarred knee, completed some light skills at training on Wednesday but left the track early, putting his derby participation in doubt.

A final decision on Pavlich is expected to be made later in the week but Glass was hopeful his rival would get up for the match.

"Yeah, definitely. We like to see them at their best," Glass said.

"I think with Pav they should be a much better side."

Although Glass was reluctant to say it was redemption he was after, it was clear he was still feeling the sting from his previous date with Pavlich.

"My job is to normally limit Pav in the amount of goals he kicks," Glass said.

"Last game he walked away with the Ross Glendinning medal around his neck so I'll be trying my best not to let that happen again.

"(It's) not so much redemption (I'm looking for), I'm just looking forward to contributing to the side."

Glass said it was Pavlich's all-round capabilities that made him so good.

Although Pavlich has spent more time in the midfield this season, he has still managed 59 goals in 16 appearances.

"He doesn't have too many weaknesses," Glass said.

"He's very good in the air, very good on the ground and he can kick accurately from quite a long way out."

Glass missed last week's win over St Kilda with a thigh injury but said he was confident he was fit to reclaim his spot in the heart of the Eagles' defence.

"I've been able to run pretty much close to full pace, so as long as I get through training today and Friday I'll be right," he said.

"I'm feeling very good and very confident (that I'll play)."

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