‘Pavlich and Walters will not be risked’ – David Mundy

MATTHEW Pavlich and Michael Walters remain uncertain starters for Saturday�s clash with Essendon, with teammate David Mundy declaring there would be a no-risk approach to the star duo.

Walters and Pavlich both received head knocks during the first half of the clash with Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday.

While both are in the Fremantle�s best 22, Mundy said yesterday the club would take a cautious approach with their stars.

�Pav�s and Sunny�s (Walters) mental health moving forward is more important than any one game or quarter of football so there will certainly be a very careful approach to them this week,� he said.

Despite the pair playing no part in the second half of Sunday�s match, Fremantle accounted for the duo�s absence to run out winners by 68 points.

The Dockers sit on top of the AFL ladder with a perfect winning record after five games.

Winning form means spots in the Fremantle line-up are hard to come by, something the players are well aware of.

�I think a lot of the guys are playing really well and on edge and you understand that if you slip up in our team we�ve got guys knocking on the door,� Mundy said.

Mundy has started the season on fire, averaging 28 disposals per game.

He said hard work over the pre-season had provided a solid base for the great start to the year.

�I�ve been very happy with my personal approach and mindset going into games and kind of helping the rest of the group really drive our performance and I certainly haven�t been alone in that aspect,� he said.

�There�s been a number of guys who have stepped up this year – Nick Suban�s playing a bigger role this year and Clancee Pearce has come back in and he�s doing a great job as well so I think there�s seven or eight guys who are really driving the midfielders at the moment.�

Despite the side�s current form Mundy said they could look no further than the ninth placed Bombers, who snuck home against St Kilda on Sunday by two points.

�I think we saw earlier in the year they came out to play really aggressively,� he said.

�Historically their travelling record is pretty good and certainly against us has been quite good.

�We�re certainly not relaxing this week or taking our foot off the gas.

�We�ll be on high alert and hoping to play the kind of football we�ve displayed in the first five weeks.