Docker oldies still producing the goods

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon insists it’s too early to declare 2015 as the last hurrah for Matthew Pavlich and Luke McPharlin.

Pavlich and McPharlin both turn 34 in December, but the pair defied their age to play key roles in the Dockers’ seven-point win over Port Adelaide on Sunday.

McPharlin limited Power spearhead Jay Schulz to just one goal, while Pavlich finished with four, including two clutch efforts in the final quarter.

The pair are set to be carefully managed throughout the season in a bid to keep them fit and feeling fresh heading into the finals.

McPharlin almost retired at the end of last year, while Pavlich is widely tipped to hang up the boots after this season.

But Lyon said it was too early to predict what the duo would do.

“I think the landscape is changing, how long players play for,” Lyon said.

“You’re accurate in that they’re at the back end of it. But is it definitely the end this year? I don’t want to speak for them.

“I think they’ve earned the right to (decide themselves).

“I know it’s an ongoing storyline, but they’ll talk to you when it’s appropriate.

“I saw Bernie Quinlan play (until he was 35).

“They’ll choose their time.”

Fremantle worked hard on their running game during the off-season, and the results were clear to see as they outgunned the Power in the final term.

Ruckman Zac Clarke typified Fremantle’s fighting spirit by running down Jasper Pittard to set up a crunch goal in the final quarter.

Although the Dockers produced plenty of clangers, Lyon was pleased with the first-up performance.

“We weren’t slick, we know that. But there’s plenty of upside. We know we’re up and running in a physical, mental sense.”

Midfielder Tendai Mzungu and forward Matt Taberner are both a chance to return for Sunday’s away clash with Geelong.

Forward Chris Mayne is also expected to be fit despite tweaking his ankle against the Power.

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