Longmuir’s Dockers search for fast start against Magpies as spearhead pleads his AFL finals case

Docker coach Justin Longmuir wearing a purple tracksuit top and shorts watches Matt Taberner at a training session.

Fremantle is conscious of the danger of another poor start as it prepares for Saturday night’s sudden-death AFL semi-final against Collingwood at the MCG.

Key points:

  • Fremantle must do a better job under pressure, coach Justin Longmuir says
  • Longmuir is yet to say if Matt Taberner will return from injury
  • The game is a return of sorts for Longmuir, an ex-Pies assistant

The Dockers have struggled at the outset of matches in recent weeks, challenged by West Coast and Greater Western Sydney, before letting the Western Bulldogs kick the first six goals in their elimination final at Perth Stadium.

“We reviewed that pretty heavily. We don’t want to be in that situation. We need to get our contest work a lot better, and we need to execute the basics under pressure a lot better than we did early in the game,” Dockers coach Justin Longmuir said.

“We definitely didn’t handle the pressure that they bought and that led to not getting the basics and execution right.

“I think that was reflected in our goal kicking early. Our first six shots were for three points only.”

Author: Ivan Robinson