Don't change your ways 'Nev' Amiss, Dockers coach urges

By Justin Chadwick
Updated May 23 2024 - 7:20pm, first published 7:18pm
Jye Amiss will hope to get amongst the goals, which have been hard to come by, against the Pies. (Julian Smith/AAP PHOTOS)
Jye Amiss will hope to get amongst the goals, which have been hard to come by, against the Pies. (Julian Smith/AAP PHOTOS)

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir is urging Jye Amiss to stick to his tried and trusted goalkicking routine, believing last week's wonky radar was just an anomaly.

Amiss kicked 2.5 in last Saturday's 17-point win over St Kilda, bringing his season tally to 14.14.

It's in stark contrast to last year, when he kicked 41.17.

Even before his AFL career kicked off, Amiss was given the nickname 'Nev' Amiss - a play on the words 'Never Miss' - due to his extreme accuracy.

All eyes will be on Amiss' goalkicking in the round-11 clash with Collingwood at Optus Stadium, and Longmuir is backing his key forward to thrive.

"He's got great confidence in his routine, in his ability to kick goals," Longmuir said on Thursday.

"The last thing you want to do is after one poor week - last week in front of goals - you don't want to throw everything out the window and start fresh.

"That's the reason why you have a routine. That's the reason why you do all the practice, so you can lean on it in those moments when you're under pressure.

"He just needs to get back to his routine, his action, and it will return just as quickly as it turned back the other way."

The Dockers' goalkicking as a team will also be under the microscope after they followed up their 4.15 against Sydney with 9.18 against the Saints.

Longmuir says two weeks of data isn't enough to label it a worrying trend, and he's hopeful the extra goalkicking at practice will help solve the issue.

Amiss has struggled all year under increased physical attention from opposition players.

It even led Fremantle to contact the AFL umpires' department several times to voice their concerns.

Amiss was able to turn the tables last week against St Kilda, earning seven shots on goal in arguably his busiest game of the season.

"That was his best game of the year by a fair way," Longmuir said.

"The opposition have been instigating a lot of physicality towards him.

"There's opportunities in the game where he can start that physicality. So he worked on that during the week last week.

"He got his opponent off balance a bit more on the weekend, and was able to halve a lot of contests. It was a good stepping stone."

Collingwood have made five changes, with Jordan De Goey (abdominal), Reef McInness (concussion), Will Hoskin-Elliott (hamstring), Oleg Markov (personal reasons) and Finlay Macrae (axed) all going out.

Ed Allan and Wil Parker have been named for their AFL debuts, while Brody Mihocek, Beau McCreery and Charlie Dean return to the side.

The Dockers welcome back ruckman Sean Darcy (calf), while last week's sub Tom Emmett will replace Michael Frederick (concussion).

Lachie Schultz returns to Perth for the first time since he walked out on Fremantle at the end of 2023.

Dockers players went overboard with the treatment they dished out to former teammate Rory Lobb last year, but Longmuir doesn't expect Schultz to get any special treatment.

"You're assuming I told the players to go after Lobby. Well, that didn't happen," Longmuir said.

"It was just something that came about organically out in the field. And Lobby played a part in that as well.

"To be honest, he (Schultz) will get treated like any other Collingwood player."

After starting their season 0-3, the fifth-placed Magpies have got their premiership defence back on track by snaring six wins and a draw since.

Fremantle sit ninth with a 6-4 record.

Australian Associated Press