Dockers driver Crowley reaches 150

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says tagger Ryan Crowley is the type of player that drives a team forward.

As such, the coach said on Tuesday that he has no qualms about setting 150-gamer Crowley against Brisbane Lions champion Simon Black this Saturday at Patersons Stadium in Perth.

Crowley’s career looked close to the end during a disappointing 2011 season, but he put in the hard work over the pre-season.

The result was Crowley winning the club’s fairest and best award in 2012.

It is a remarkable turnaround and as Crowley prepares to play in the milestone game, Lyon puts all the credit down to Crowley himself.

“I have only been here for a short period of time but in that period Ryan has dedicated himself to his football, and his role. As it sits now, he is a real team driver,” Lyon said.

“We can all have a bad year and clearly he did that in 2011 but he realigned himself and refocused.

“He got to work again and Ryan will take responsibility for having a down year, he didn’t look to blame anyone.

“He took responsibility, got himself fit and lean, and mentally hungry and was given a role that he’s really capable of doing. It’s all credit to Ryan for turning himself around.”

Saturday’s game also sees Black play his 319th game to break Marcus Ashcroft’s club record.

Lyon knows that the three-time premiership winner is one player that still has to be stopped even in the twilight of his career.

“Simon Black has universal respect as one of the great players in the history of the game in one of the greatest teams ever,” Lyon said.

“We all admire his courage and perseverance and he stands for everything that is great in the game.

“Those that play with him will be keen to honour his achievement, but once that ball is bounced he is someone that we need to control and knock over.”

Meanwhile, Fremantle’s star trio Michael Walters (ankle), Matthew Pavlich (foot) and Aaron Sandilands (hamstring) are no chance of returning to play Brisbane.

Walters should be back the following week to face North Melbourne.Follow WAtoday on Twitter

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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