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Discipline key against Freo: van Berlo

By Todd Cardy 23/04/2007 05:34:46 PM Comments (0)

Discipline could make the difference in Adelaide's clash against a rebounding Fremantle this week, according to Crows midfielder Nathan van Berlo.

He said his squad would shy away from the controversies that have plagued the Dockers in recent weeks and simply focus on winning the Sunday afternoon game in Perth.

"We pride ourselves on discipline and we know that if someone is trying to get under our skin it is for the benefit of the team that we stay in control and manage our emotions as best we can," he said.

"It is not going to be any good for the team if someone from the side lets rip and gives away a 50m penalty or a free kick."

Commonly instructed to take a key tagging role, van Berlo said he would not back away from a match-up against Des Headland, who recently had a very public on-field spat with the Eagles' Adam Selwood over the alleged sledging of his daughter.

"He (Headland) has had a tough week and he responded really well on the weekend but it is not going to change at all any way anyone from our side mans or plays up on him," he said.

"Personal matters become too close sometimes but it is a matter of having a bit of fun out there and not taking things too seriously."

Van Berlo said the team's hard fought 17-point win against last season's grand finalists Sydney on Saturday at home had given the squad a lift leading into the Perth trip.

"It was a very pleasing win for the footy club," he said.

"Obviously we were playing Sydney who are a quality side and they tend to play a lot of in-close and tight footy, which was to be expected and certainly was the way on the weekend."

In a bid to counter a bigger Subiaco Oval, the Crows will train at suburban Woodville on Wednesday to familiarise themselves with a longer green.

Van Berlo said training at Woodville, which had similar dimensions to Subiaco, would give the squad more experience to deal with an oval trickier than most to master.

"There is a bit more space and obviously you have to carry the ball from the midfield," he said.

"Generally, if you hit it from the centre bounce, you get a quick kick out it is inside 50, where as at Subiaco, it can be in the 50m to 70m range, which sometimes can be a bit deceiving.

"So being able to train on a longer oval you can have a better of understanding of where the ball is going to go."

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