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Dockers to confront former ally

Justin Chadwick 28/03/2011 05:13:26 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle forward Chris Mayne is confident coach Mark Harvey will have a few tricks up his sleeve to counter Chris Scott's inside knowledge for Saturday night's AFL clash with Geelong at Patersons Stadium.

Scott spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the Dockers before taking up the head role at Geelong late last year when Mark Thompson quit the post.

Mayne acknowledged Scott would possess vital information about the Dockers' set-up but hinted Fremantle would try to unleash a few surprises to trouble the Cats.

"He's going to take a bit of knowledge with him but that's football," Mayne said on Monday.

"We understand that he's going to know a bit but it's just for us to come out and stick to our game plan.

"Harvs will have some tricks up his sleeve probably."

Scott played a crucial role in helping develop Fremantle's band of young guns and Mayne paid tribute to the former Brisbane premiership star.

"Chris Scott was a great bloke, he was really approachable ... (and someone you could speak to) about anything to do with football, even life," Mayne said.

"It's good to see him get a first win under his belt (with Geelong against St Kilda last week).

"Everything that he's done for this club ... we've taken it and run with it."

Mayne said revenge wouldn't be on the Dockers' minds this weekend despite Geelong's 69-point thrashing of Fremantle in last year's semi-final at the MCG.

"We don't think about that now," Mayne said.

"It's 2011, different season, different circumstances and we're just looking forward to coming up against them.

"Things have changed, players have changed.

"You can take confidence out of beating them ... last year here (in Perth in round three). But they're a terrific side and we know they're going to be strong."

Fremantle kicked off their season in a winning fashion, grinding out a two-point victory over Brisbane at the Gabba,.

Geelong also tasted first-up victory, scraping past St Kilda by one point in a dour contest.

Mayne said the Dockers had pulled up well from the Lions clash and were ready to take on Geelong.

"For us it's a big travel to Brisbane. We were just really excited with how it turned out in the end in our favour," he said.

"(It was) a relief but really happy with the effort of the team and how it turned out."

Fremantle will use the match to raise money for the Starlight Children's Foundation, a charity event the Dockers have supported for nine seasons.

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