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Harvey fumes over AFL fixture scheduling

By Justin Chadwick 26/08/2009 06:53:07 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has slammed the AFL for what he claims is unfair scheduling against the Dockers.

Harvey is furious his team has been afforded just a six-day break for their trek to Skilled Stadium to tackle Geelong on Saturday.

The Cats were given the luxury of an eight-day break between games after taking on Western Bulldogs in Melbourne last Friday night.

Harvey said the club would demand action from AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou and football operations manager Adrian Anderson about the issue to ensure Fremantle don't get short-changed with six-day breaks for interstate games in the future.

"It's the second time it's happened now on our longest trip (this season) where we've been asked to do that," Harvey said on Wednesday.

"And on the back of that the opposition has had one or two days more recovery than us.

"That's the key part of our submission.

"All I know is it's taking longer and longer to recover from games and the intensity's gone up, so that all has to be spoken about, particularly geographically for the sides that are longest travelling.

"I would have thought that wouldn't be unreasonable (asking for seven-day break before away games)."

But the scheduling wasn't the only item bothering Harvey.

"When we go down to Geelong we can train on their ground, which is great for the young guys," he said.

"But we can't do that in Melbourne, we've got our hands tied in Melbourne.

"We can't train on any of their grounds, so everyone asks why we have problems on road trips.

"It's little things like that that matters."

Harvey, pleased with last week's ruthless win over Essendon, revealed he would name an unchanged side for the match against Geelong.

"I think it's the first time (we have stuck with the same group)," Harvey said.

"Just for stability and organisation for what you do to have players playing regularly with each other is enormous."

Geelong welcome back ruckman Brad Ottens and captain Tom Harley from injury but Harvey questioned how the Cats would fare with doubts surrounding the fitness of so many key players.

Midfielder James Kelly is a chance to return while forward Steve Johnson is rated a 90 per cent chance of playing.

Paul Chapman is likely to miss the game after injuring his hamstring against the Bulldogs.

"They've got to make some decisions about whether they play players in the last game and whether they run the risk of injury or not," Harvey said.

"Their performance over the past month would probably not be where Bomber (Cats coach Mark Thompson) would like it and we want to extend that."

Fremantle have won just once in 11 ventures to Skilled Stadium but Harvey said he wouldn't speak about the poor record to his players.

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