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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Fremantle Dockers to centre focus on clearances after smashing by Hawthorn

Fremantle’s seasoned players must take responsibility for the centre-clearance mauling from Hawthorn and lead by example in Sunday’s western derby.
That is the opinion of David Mundy in the wake of the 59-point loss before a disappointed Dockers home crowd.
Hawthorn won nine of the first 10 centre clearances.
Draftee Andrew Brayshaw won Fremantle’s only centre clearance in the first half, despite Mundy, Lachie Neale and Michael Walters playing regularly in the middle.
Inexperienced Fremantle ruckmen Sean Darcy and Scott Jones won the hit-outs 39-31 in the absence of Aaron Sandilands.
“Both Jonesy and Sean are different beasts to Aaron and we’ve got to understand that,” Mundy said.
“I think both of those big guys battled well and it wasn’t a case of them not doing their job.
“I think the guys at ground level failed to get it done.
“Sean got his hand to it a lot and put it in the right areas. We need to support him more.
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“We’ve got to double down and get our processes right. It’s easy to talk about and do a diagram on the board, but out there it’s quite different. We need to get better at adjusting on the fly.”
West Coast were also poor in the middle against North Melbourne on Sunday, with Paul Ahern dominating as the Eagles lacked grit without Luke Shuey.
The Dockers and the Eagles had minimal output from their younger players last weekend.
Darcy, Jones, Adam Cerra, Brennan Cox and Luke Ryan managed only 49 possessions between them, while Eagles youngsters Jack Petruccelle, Jake Waterman and Daniel Venables combined for only 21 touches and no goals.
“AFL seasons are hard enough, but when you’re an 18-year-old kid who has played since round one, it takes its toll,” Mundy said.
“There’s a lot of tricks to the trade but at some level it gets down to their bodies aren’t quite ready.
“They’re building their bodies and working on that.”