Hawthorn still the team to beat

Fremantle midfielder Danyle Pearce says the competition is still chasing the back-to-back premiers.
Fremantle midfielder Danyle Pearce says the competition is still chasing the back-to-back premiers.

FREMANTLE is sitting on a franchise-best eight-and-zip to start the AFL season, but Danyle Pearce says �We haven�t done anything yet�.

When questioned if the Dockers could �maintain the rage� over 23 home and away rounds, the dynamic midfielder delivered a blunt assessment of his side�s position on top of the AFL table, saying Hawthorn is still the team to chase.

�We haven�t won a premiership. Hawthorn is the back-to-back premier,� he said today.

�We�re still hunting ourselves.

�We can�t put our hand up and say we�ve done anything so that�s where the hunger is.

�We�re striving like 17 other teams to win a premiership but Hawthorn are the back to back premiers; they�re the one�s everyone is chasing.�

The Dockers mixed up their pre-season training over the summer break by putting in extra running and even training on Saturdays.

Pearce said the regime was helping the team stand up when it needed to.

�Watching the Sydney-Hawthorn game on the weekend shows any game can go down to the last minute so just to know you�ve got (the fitness) under your belt gives you the belief that no matter how long the game goes, no matter how tired you are, in 120 minutes you�re still going to be as good as you were at the start,� he said.