Fremantle Dockers star Andrew Brayshaw backs Lloyd Meek to debut after impressive practice match
Fremantle midfielder Andrew Brayshaw has backed young ruck Lloyd Meek to push for a round one debut after an impressive performance in the Dockers’ practice match against West Coast.
Brayshaw and Meek were both among Fremantle’s best in their 47-point win over the Eagles at Mineral Resources Park on Saturday.
Meek, 22, got his chance to take the lead role because of a knee injury to number-one ruck Sean Darcy, who is racing to be fit for the Dockers’ season opener against Melbourne at the MCG on March 20.
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Should Darcy not be available, Brayshaw was confident Meek could step up after seeing him take it to Eagles premiership ruckman Nathan Vardy.
“Lloyd Meek was really aggressive and that was one of his best hit-outs I’ve seen him play,” Brayshaw told 6PR.
“He’s one of the hardest workers at the club, so to see him get a chance today and really stand up and deliver, it’s just a credit to how hard he works I think.
“He looked really dangerous today and was definitely one of the positives to come out of the day.
“If he can back that up, he’ll definitely be knocking the door down I think to play.”
Fremantle showed their pre-season work on lifting their scoring was paying off, kicking 16 goals against a normally frugal Eagles’ defence.
Brayshaw said he wanted to take the game on more to help make the Dockers a more attacking side.
“I really want to take the game on a fair bit,” he said.
“I feel like I was really clean last year and almost a little bit safe at times, so I really want to try to be more aggressive, come through the corridor a fair bit more and just take the game on, have some fun with it and build on another season.
“I think when we can bring it through the middle it opens up our options up forward.
“We’ve got some great kicks off half-back and some really strong midfielders that can drive their legs up through the middle. It’s the quickest route to goal and I think we look really dangerous when we take that route.”
Both teams have just an eight-day break before they meet again, this time in front of fans at Optus Stadium.
Brayshaw expects the game to go to another level on Sunday.
“I think both sides will be bringing in some really strong players and the heats just going to keep building and building until we get to round one,” he said.
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