League to let Dockers rest in peace
ROSS Lyon’s plan to rest half of Fremantle’s first-choice team against Port Adelaide in their Round 23 dead rubber is set to win league approval.
AFL rules on team selection were tightened at the end of 2013 after Dockers coach Lyon rested 11 players from a game, and the club revealed yesterday Lyon had the same number in mind this year.
The AFL was yesterday waiting for formal notification of the radical tactic as bookies rushed to make Port Adelaide a $1.15 favourite to beat ladderleading Fremantle ($5.50) at Adelaide Oval.
Dockers chief executive Steve Rosich said the players to sit out the game would be determined today.
“When the players return to the club on Tuesday, our coaching team and medical staff will be able to assess the fatigue and injury status of our main group,” he said.
An AFL spokesman said after that if teams are playing finals, “you have the right to consider matches ahead when picking a team’’.
Fremantle sit at the top of the ladder and cannot be shifted, with Port sitting ninth and out of finals contention.
Lyon is adamant that resting “fatigued” players before the finals will have no dramatic effect on the competition.