Syd­ney clash as swansong nears

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

FRE­MAN­TLE cham­pion Matthew Pavlich will play his 350th AFL game in front of his home fans at Su­bi­aco Oval.

The former Dock­ers skip­per missed the 24-point loss to Gold Coast at Car­rara Sta­dium to be fresh for the match with Syd­ney this Sun­day.

The six-time All-Aus­tralian said play­ing the mile­stone at home was the ideal sce­nario, adding it was un­likely he will play in­ter­state again.

“There’s been spec­u­la­tion about the 350th and a few other things,” he said.

“The in­ten­tion is to play 350 and then play out the sea­son.”

Pavlich ad­mit­ted he had con­sid­ered pulling the pin af­ter Fre­man­tle’s poor start to the sea­son.

A chat be­tween him­self, coach Ross Lyon and foot­ball man­ager Chris Bond con­vinced him to play on.

“It’s cer­tainly not in my char­ac­ter to step out and check out but I said to them ‘is it time for some other younger kids to play and if that’s the case let’s shake hands and walk away’,” he said.

“Among us all we com­mit­ted to a plan and we’re go­ing to stick to that and that’s cer­tainly to see the sea­son out.”

Michael Bar­low has been ruled out for the re­main­der of the year af­ter in­jur­ing his left shoul­der in in the clash with Gee­long.

Fre­man­tle Docker Matthew Pavlich will end his ex­tra­or­di­nary play­ing ca­reer

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