Optus Stadium surface issues

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Fremantle and West Coast will hold a “summit” to try and solve the Optus Stadium surface problem, Dockers coach Ross Lyon said this morning.

Fremantle are reeling from the loss of Matt Taberner and Rory Lobb to lower leg stress fractures on top of a fractured ankle to defender Alex Pearce, who suffered his injury at the MCG but under innocuous circumstances.

West Coast have experienced foot or lower leg injuries to Willie Rioli, Tom Barrass, Elliot Yeo and Jamie Cripps over the past 12 months amid concerns that the stadium surface is too hard.

“I think both clubs are going to get together,” Lyon said.

“I think they are going to have a bit of a summit on it and try to work forward. We can only control what we can.

“We will cease training there in the meantime. We can control the surface here (at Cockburn). We can control footwear and not panic about it and move on.”

Lyon said the Dockers had not “attributed solely” their spate of injuries to the stadium surface but still acknowledged that the need for a solution was “reasonably acute”.

“They will come together and work through it. There is no silver bullet here. If there was, it would have been fired and no-one would be talking about it,” Lyon said.

West Coast and Fremantle will come together for a summit about the Optus Stadium turf.
West Coast and Fremantle will come together for a summit about the Optus Stadium turf.Picture: Steve Ferrier

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