Saturday’s (21/05/2016) AFL 2016 Round 9 match is between Fremantle Dockers and Richmond Tigers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:40 local time with the game to be played at Domain Stadium. The home team Fremantle Dockers are the favourite for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Fremantle Dockers and Richmond Tigers.
When: 19:40 | Saturday 21/05/2016
Where: Domain Stadium
Tip: Fremantle Dockers at $2.25
Value Bet: First Goalscorer: Dustin Martin at $21.00
B: E.Hughes, A.Pearce, Z.Dawson
HB: D.Pearce, G.Ibbotson, L.Spurr
C: N.Suban, C.Pearce, E.Langdon
HF: H.Crozier, M.Pavlich, M.Walters
F: Z.Clarke, M.Taberner, H.Ballantyne
R: J.Griffin, D.Mundy, L.Neale
I/C: L.Weller, C.Blakely, T.Sheridan, C.Mayne
EMG: M.deBoer, B.Grey, M.Barlow
IN: M.Pavlich, Z.Dawson, T.Sheridan
OUT: S.Hill (Adductor), T.Mzungu (Omitted), C.Sutcliffe (Omitted).
B: D.Grimes, T.Chaplin, A.Rance
HB: J.Batchelor, T.Hunt, B.Deledio
C: S.Morris, S.Grigg, N.Vlastuin
HF: T.Cotchin, D.Martin, J.Short
F: J.Riewoldt, T.Vickery, S.Edwards
R: S.Hampson, B.Ellis, B.Griffiths
I/C: A.Miles, S.Lloyd, C.Menadue, K.Lambert
EMG: J.Townsend, O.Markov, N.Broad
IN: T.Cotchin, K.Lambert
OUT: C.Ellis (Soreness), D.Rioli (Family Illness).
Harley Bennell’s hopes of playing this AFL season are officially over, but coach Ross Lyon insists it’s a calf injury and not anything sinister that has grounded the former Suns’ midfielder.
The 23-year-old Bennell, sidelined all season by an ongoing calf injury, was sent for scans on Tuesday after experiencing more discomfort.
MRI scans revealed a significant re-tear of the medial aponeurosis in his right calf, with the Dockers deciding to rule out Bennell for the rest of the year after consulting national and international experts.
“Their indication is we just need to take a longer period of time to allow this tissue to heal properly and then to reload the calf so that he can sustain the running conditioning we want him to be able to achieve,” Fremantle physiotherapist Jeff Boyle said.
When Fremantle snared Bennell on a three-year deal via the 2015 trade period – it came with risks.
Bennell had suffered a number of soft-tissue injuries during his five years at Gold Coast.
But of even greater concern were his off-field misdemeanours, which included a picture of him sitting next to a number of white powder lines.
The Dockers had hoped to cure Bennell’s calf issues with an extensive rehabilitation period over summer, but it was unsuccessful.
And the latest attempt to rehabilitate the calf also failed.
Lyon said Bennell would probably be flown to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra in a bid to finally resolve the issue.
The Dockers have previously consulted AIS head of physical therapies Craig Purdam about Bennell’s calf problems.
When pushed further about the mystery surrounding Bennell’s lengthy absence this year, Lyon replied: “There is no mystery.
“Harley’s had a calf injury – a significant one – and he’s had a relapse.
“There’s no mystery, unless you want to attack it from a mischievous point of view. So there’s no mystery.
“Harley’s trained incredibly hard – been fantastic. There’s no mystery here. We’ll give you the update at the right time.”
Lyon bemoaned the club’s recent trend of calf issues.
Skipper David Mundy, Michael Johnson, Shane Yarran and Alex Silvagni are other Dockers players this season to battle calf niggles.
“Our bugbear is calves,” Lyon said.
“We’ve got full faith in our team, but every program produces one area of weakness.
“For whatever reason, that’s ours.”
The Dockers sit last on the table with a 0-8 record heading into Saturday night’s clash with Richmond at Domain Stadium.
And with Nat Fyfe (leg), Johnson (hamstring/knee), Bennell and Aaron Sandilands (ribs) all nursing serious injuries, the Dockers face a battle to avoid the wooden spoon.