Same goal, by different means

Ballantyne served two weeks on the sideline after collecting Geelong defender Harry Taylor high during Fremantle�s round two clash with the Cats.

While he said he would continue to attack the contest, he remains mindful he is just one ill-directed bump away from another stint out of the side.

�My best football is when I play on instinct and if I worry too much about anything else that�s going on, I could end up being hurt or end up being dropped because I�m not going hard enough at the ball,� he said.

�The AFL wants to protect the head and neck area which is fair enough. You�re only one injury away from something that could be life-changing so I think it�s a good thing they protect the head.

�I�ve got to try and minimise impact to that area of the opposition�s body. It�s a tough one but I�ve just got to go about it in different ways.�

The Dockers are now two games clear after accounting for Essendon by 28 points on Saturday.

Next up are the Western Bulldogs who, Ballantyne said, presented a number of challenges.

�There�s no such thing as an easy game of football and the Bullies (Western Bulldogs) have been playing some great footy this year,� he said.

�Bontempelli and those kind of blokes, the young guys coming through, there�s some really good footy players.

�I actually like watching Bontempelli play; he�s a gun, so we have to show them full respect because they can tear a game apart very quickly.�

Ballantyne also addressed talk that the Dockers were strategically fading out late in games to nurse some of their older bodies through the season.

�It�s not something that we practise � to have a fade-out � that�s for sure but we were changing a few things around on the field (on Saturday),� he said.

�Fatigue comes into it a little bit, but at the same time the opposition is just as fatigued too.

�Our trademark in the forward line is to chase, harass, pressure and then the goals come after that.

�We do our absolute best to have four quarters of absolute pressure and hopefully will get better as the season goes by.�