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Fremantle appeal Treacy suspension



Fremantle will challenge a two match ban handed to young forward Josh Treacy in a WAFL practice match at the weekend, in a bid to have him available for round one selection this Saturday against Melbourne.


The Dockers confirmed they had notified the WAFL of their intention to appeal the three match suspension handed to Treacy, with the hearing to be held at 6PM on Wednesday night.


The 19 year old rookie key foward was charged with striking former Docker and current Perth midfielder Brady Grey during the third quarter of the practice match between Perth and Peel Thunder at Rushton Park on Saturday, the incident classified as intentional, high contact and medium impact.


An early guilty plea would have seen Treacy accept a two match ban, complicated by the fact the suspension occurred in a WAFL game, meaning he would be unavailable until round three of the WAFL and round five of the AFL.


Treacy had been firming for a round one debut at the MCG against Melbourne before the incident, Fremantle's big man stocks taking a further hit after injuries to Sean Darcy (knee) and Rory Lobb (knee) over the pre-season.


It leaves young ruckman Lloyd Meek to lead the ruck against Melbourne skipper Max Gawn, with Matt Taberner set to play as a second ruck option as well as spending time forward.


Fremantle face Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday, in their first match at the home of football since June 2019.


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