AFL: Hamling says Dockers working to address slow starts

Joel Hamling tries to spoil Darcy Moore of the Magpies. Picture: Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images
Joel Hamling tries to spoil Darcy Moore of the Magpies. Picture: Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images

FREMANTLE defender Joel Hamling said the Dockers are working hard to address their slow starts.

The Dockers have won just three of 11 first quarters and two of 11 first halves this season, leaving them to play catch-up in the latter stages of matches.

While they have had success doing so, with six wins in the bag from 11 starts, Hamling said it was something the club was “working on week to week”.

“We train really hard with our structures and things behind the ball to get us to win those quarters,” he said.

“We’re slowly improving on those things. We haven’t got everything right so far but we work week to week, train twice a week to work on those things behind the ball.”

Hamling also deflected recent comments from AFL commentator Terry Wallace who said WA’s two AFL clubs were lacking grunt.

“I don’t think in the west we’ve lost our grunt,” Hamling said.

“Obviously on the weekend we showed really great effort.

“We lost the game but showed great effort.

“Terry is entitled to his opinion but we don’t think that’s true.”

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