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Dockers outclass Bulldogs, Pavlich calf OK
By Sam Lienert
19:53 AEST Sat Apr 6 2013

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says captain Matthew Pavlich has no significant injury concerns despite the Dockers star receiving electrical treatment during a break in Saturday's comfortable AFL win over the Western Bulldogs.

The Dockers beat the Bulldogs 16.10 (106) to 11.12 (78) at Etihad Stadium to stay unbeaten, after their opening-round defeat of West Coast.

It was the 12th time in their past 13 games Fremantle have kept their opposition to 12 goals or fewer.

They took control with a six-goals-to-one first quarter and made sure of victory by starting the third term with four quick majors to push 49 points clear.

Pavlich, handy but unspectacular with eight marks and two goals, wore a glove to protect split webbing in his left hand and was also spotted receiving treatment with a machine on a calf muscle at quarter time.

Lyon said apart from the hand, Pavlich was "pretty healthy" and he was unaware what treatment the star forward received.

"I'll have to have a look at it. It's probably just the TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine, the interferential, where they stimulate some blood flow," he said.

Lyon said backman Clancee Pearce, who was subbed off, received a "cork" and Michael Johnson was involved in a heavy collision late in the match but no one sustained an injury of note.

But with the match coming a fortnight after Fremantle's round one game, he said his players finished the encounter exhausted and facing Essendon in Perth on Friday night would be a challenge.

"It was a hot day too, so we've got to do everything right from here," he said.

"A short break, they'll get on the (plane), ice and hydrate and we'll tidy up our review really quickly tomorrow and they'll have a rest and then we'll get moving on the Bombers."

Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney said the Dockers were excellent defensively while his side had some costly patches when that side of their game wavered.

"It's part of the game that stacks up well when it really matters because you can't always have the game on your terms at AFL level," he said.

"We believe they're as good as you get in that side of the game."

While neither side copped notable injuries, goal umpire Courtney Lai sustained a suspected anterior cruciate ligament rupture when Bulldog Liam Picken fell across his leg in the third quarter.


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