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AFL charters flight of fancy for Dockers

By Tim Clarke 05/03/2008 06:59:53 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle will travel in style courtesy of the AFL this weekend, after having a flight to South Australia chartered and paid for by the league so they can play Saturday's NAB Challenge match against Port Adelaide.

With the South Australian capital booked out this weekend due to the NAB Cup final between the Crows and St Kilda, the Adelaide Cup race meeting as well as an international arts festival, the Dockers' travel plans to Noarlunga, south of the city, were placed in jeopardy.

But coach Mark Harvey revealed the AFL had agreed to cover the cost of chartering a flight from Perth to Adelaide and back so they could fulfil the fixture.

"The AFL have organised us a private plane, because we could not get a flight, in and out," Harvey said.

"I am not sure how many seats are on the plane, but I think there is a spa on there - not really.

"But it will be a good trip. There is a lot on in Adelaide this week, the grand final naturally, the Adelaide Cup and so on - so it is fairly chock a block."

Also full will be Harvey's whiteboard, with the Dockers aiming to field a near full strength side in their final practice fixture before the round one clash against Collingwood.

Matthew Pavlich, Dean Solomon, Des Headland, Antoni Grover, David Mundy, Luke McPharlin, Aaron Sandilands, Michael Johnson and Roger Hayden were all rested from the last week's clash against North Melbourne, and are all pencilled in to return.

And young ruck back-up Robbie Warnock will play alongside Sandilands for the first time this pre-season in an important trial for Harvey's likely centre-square formation.

"As a coaching staff we've got to really understand what they (Sandilands and Warnock) can do for the team and the impact they can have," Harvey said.

"Robbie is still sort of going through his initial games of getting completely match fit. Aaron is a little bit different, he is a lot more ahead in his match fitness."

Harvey said he would also be asking his team to draw inspiration from embattled Australian Test star Andrew Symonds - and his now infamous hip and shoulder on a streaker during the one-day loss to India at the Gabba on Tuesday.

"I have actually cut and edited that and shown it to the players this morning - the old hip and shoulder is back," Harvey joked.

"I think we would get away with it, provided that guy had the football - although I am not sure what he did have, but it wasn't a football."

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