Craig O'Donoghue is part of The West Australian's sports writing team. He joined The West Australian in 2000 and spent 2013-14 working in the Melbourne bureau. He now focuses on AFL and basketball.
Connor Blakely’s absence from Fremantle’s team is due to concerns about the defensive side of his game, according to assistant coach David Hale.
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Luke Shuey had been struggling with soreness in recent weeks but coach Adam Simpson said the injury wasn’t related to those problems.
Connor Blakely remains on the outer at Fremantle after the Dockers decided they do not need him to help bolster the midfield in the wake of captain Nat Fyfe’s ham-string injury.
The AFL warned there would be massive changes to round six and seven when government restrictions changed on Monday and they weren’t joking.
Adelaide captain Rory Sloane remains in doubt for Sunday’s clash against Fremantle as he attempts to recover from an ankle injury suffered last week.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits his club’s season is at the crossroads and they desperately need a victory over Sydney tomorrow to stay in touch with the rest of the competition.
UPDATE: WA is in line to host more clubs than just Collingwood, Geelong and the Bulldogs in coming weeks after SA confirmed they would not house a hub. It comes amid 66 new COVID-19 cases in Victoria.
Fremantle are set for a major overhaul of their forward line with coach Justin Longmuir preparing to play three talls inside 50 against Adelaide on Sunday.
Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy will make his return from injury on Sunday after being named to face the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium.
Acres is now fit to play but coach Justin Longmuir said it wasn’t realistic to expect him to play against Adelaide after such a long time on the sidelines.
Perth Lynx will have a distinct Rockingham flavour next season after reigning SBL grand final MVP Maddie Allen became the latest player to sign with the club.
AFL players have been put on notice — you will be penalised for deliberately absorbing tackles without trying to dispose of the ball.
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