Fremantle Dockers could turn to youth to spark form reversal

Fremantle Dockers could turn to youth to spark form reversal

ANY optimism Fremantle fans had of a quick bounce back to finals action in 2017 looks to be dissipating quickly, with the Dockers humbled by Port Adelaide on Sunday.

The visitors failed to make any impact on the match, as the hosts ran out 22.13 (145) to 8.8 (56) winners at Adelaide Oval.

After going into the match with the same 22 that lost in round 1, Fremantle coach Ross Lyon signalled changes were likely against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday.

“On these results, we are just going to have to start playing kids,” he said.

“Harley Balic has finally put three weeks together, so we will look at him.

“Tommy Sheridan probably could have been in easily on his form and he was first emergency.

“But we have stuck with the group; we showed faith.

“We didn’t get delivered on, so now we need to act.”

Despite the likelihood of personnel changes, Lyon said any blooding of new players would remain measured.

“When you are blooding young players you’re really on a graph of growth and grabbing experience and it’s not an all or nothing play,” he said.

“That’s not what we are about.”

The Dockers walk from the field after their round two AFL loss to Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images