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Dockers turn to the WACA to defeat Swans

Justin Chadwick 12/07/2011 07:43:29 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle will switch training to the WACA Ground this week in a bid to fine-tune their game plan for Sunday's AFL clash with Sydney at the SCG.

The SCG, at just 151.5 metres long, is by far the shortest ground in the AFL and more than 23 metres shorter than Perth's Patersons Stadium.

The Dockers trained at their home base of Fremantle Oval on Monday, but coach Mark Harvey confirms he will switch it to the WACA later in the week to try to recreate the dimensions his team will encounter at the tight confines of the SCG.

Fremantle did the same thing last year before their drought-breaking win over the Swans and Harvey is hoping for a similar result.

"That's how we prepare for the SCG. We did that last year (because the WACA has) very similar dimensions," Harvey said.

"It's a wide ground, not necessarily long, so that's what we're doing.

"It would be fair to say that a fair bit of contested marking will be done throughout the course of the game with the way the Swans play and the short length of the ground."

Gun midfielder Michael Barlow trained strongly on Monday night to prove he is ready to resume from a bout of general soreness, while veteran Adam McPhee (knee) and defender Nick Suban (leg) are set to return via the WAFL.

The seventh-placed Dockers had their second bye of the year last week, and Harvey believes the break came at the perfect time for his injury-hit squad.

"It just gives players a chance to get rid of their niggles and make sure, mentally, they freshen up," Harvey told Perth radio station 6PR.

"I'd like to think this will do us the world of good."

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