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Freo vow to recover from North spanking

By Justin Chadwick 09/08/2010 06:21:03 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle had their "pants pulled down" by North Melbourne and a repeat effort against Sydney on Saturday won't be accepted, according to defender Antoni Grover.

The Dockers, minus injured trio Hayden Ballantyne, Aaron Sandilands and Chris Tarrant, were put to the sword by the Kangaroos, with the 54-point defeat all but ending Fremantle's top-four hopes.

Grover said there were no excuses for the performance and put the onus on the team to turn their fortunes around against the Swans at Subiaco Oval.

"Every loss is disappointing and we'd basically got our pants pulled down by the end of it and it wasn't good enough," Grover said on Monday.

"We want to win this week, it's very important, but we don't want to be a team that just relies on our home victories.

"We want to win everywhere."

Stephen Hill gathered just seven disposals against the Kangaroos but Grover said it was unfair to single out the 20-year-old who was tagged out of the game by Brady Rawlings.

"A lot of guys had quieter games on the weekend, so he's not the only one that has to lift his game," Grover said.

"I think he's a very competitive person, on and off the field.

"When you play well as team everyone plays well.

"I think we've got to help out the blokes who get tagged."

Fremantle remain fifth on the table and will all but secure a home final with a win over seventh-placed Sydney, who are two wins further back.

The Dockers remain hopeful Sandilands will return from a foot injury this week, but Tarrant (knee) and Ballantyne (foot) will struggle to return before the start of the finals.

Grover said he would jump at the chance to play on in-form Sydney star Adam Goodes.

"Of course I would. You want to play on all of the great players in the competition and he's been a sensational player," Grover said.

"I've got him in my dream team, so I've been watching him pretty closely."

Grover, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season but said he was keen to play on.

"I love football, I love the competitive nature of it, and I'd probably play down at the local amateurs with my mates if not (at Fremantle)," Grover said.

"I'm the oldest bloke on the list now.

"I probably never thought I'd be in this position, but at the same time I just want to worry about this year and then I'd like to play on next year."

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