Dockers have ‘full perception’ they will beat Geelong: Ryan

2021-07-15 06:53:36

Fremantle defender Luke Ryan says the Dockers are assured their greatest footy is nice sufficient to win tonight as they tackle premiership contenders Geelong at Optus Stadium.

The All-Australian and Doig medallist revealed coach Justin Longmuir has urged the gamers to take dangers with their ball motion as they appear to consolidate their spot within the high eight.

“JL has actually backed us over the past couple of months to actually go for our kicks, if we’re going to go for it, go for it. Don’t play it secure,” Ryan instructed 6PR.

“Some are going to come back off and a few are going to show over, however that’s simply footy and that’s how it’s.


“We now have bought actually good confidence in our system and our boys, so we’ve bought full perception that we are able to win tonight and play good footy towards the perfect.”

“We all know our greatest footy is nice sufficient.”

Regardless of enjoying of their first prime time Thursday or Friday evening timeslot in 5 years, Ryan says the Dockers aren’t phased by the prospect of a much bigger stage.

“We’re simply wanting ahead to enjoying footy and it doesn’t actually matter what day it’s, the place it’s,” he mentioned.

“We take a look at it as one other sport of footy to attempt to play our greatest.”

Rising ruck star Sean Darcy could possibly be the distinction for the Dockers, with the 203cm large to battle Cats ruck duo Esava Ratugolea and Mark Blicavs.

Geelong’s ruck shares have been a trigger for concern for the premiership contenders, whereas Darcy has loved best-on-ground honours in back-to-back video games as Fremantle’s sole full-timer.

Sean Darcy.
Digital camera IconSean Darcy. Credit score: Daniel Carson/AFL Pictures

“He’s enjoying very well,” Ryan mentioned. “(A dominant ruckman) makes your mids look an entire lot higher and we’re benefiting from it.

“I believe they’ll play two ruckmen and attempt to run him round, so we’ll be serving to him out a good bit.

“Hopefully he can stick with it and he’s bought a very massive problem tonight. Sit up for see how he goes.

“(The Cats’ midfield) are going to should attempt to learn him.

“If he will get his palms to Fyfey and that first, we’ve bought first entry and hopefully get discipline place.”

The largest battle of the evening looms for the engine rooms, with Fremantle’s quintet of Nat Fyfe, David Mundy, Andrew Brayshaw, Adam Cerra and Caleb Serong to tackle a strong Cats’ midfield.

“They’ve bought some massive boys within the midfield,” Ryan mentioned. “We’ve simply bought to cease their ball motion, they like to chip by way of groups so if we are able to get just a few turnovers in our entrance half… we’ll be wanting actually harmful.

“If we do this nicely tonight, I believe it’ll give us a superb likelihood to get the 4 factors.”

Skipper Joel Selwood and former Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus will return for the guests, whereas West Aussie Quinton Narkle additionally comes again into the 22 for tonight’s sport.

However the Cats can be lacking bookends Gary Rohan (injured) and Lachie Henderson (private causes), who didn’t journey to Perth with the enjoying group yesterday.

Luke Ryan.
Digital camera IconLuke Ryan. Credit score: Daniel Carson/AFL Pictures

“I used to be meant to be enjoying on Rohan however he’s pulled out,” Ryan mentioned.

“I expect to find out what my position can be nevertheless it could be a 3rd tall or simply deep once more, with Rohan out it is going to change somewhat bit.”

With Jeremy Cameron additionally lacking from the Cats’ ahead line, the defender mentioned he would possibly put his hand up for a task in assault.

“If I can go ahead, I’ll attempt to go ahead,” he joked.

“That may be stunning. I’d like to kick a snag, haven’t kicked one for some time.”

Ethan Hughes will return from a shoulder harm for Fremantle, whereas fourth-gamer Brandon Walker has been managed.

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