Mundy steers mind to countering Cats

AFL Rd 1 - Fremantle v Port AdelaideFremantle midfielder David Mundy won’t be haunted by missed opportunities ahead of Sunday’s game against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.

Rather, the veteran said he was looking forward to renewing hostilities with one of the Dockers’ fiercest rivals.

Mundy had the chance to win the corresponding match last season, but pushed his set shot wide after the siren to hand the Cats a two-point win.

After Fremantle’s seven-point win over Port Adelaide on Sunday night, the 29-year-old appeared to have forgotten about that kick.

He said it wasn’t a moment he planned on revisiting during the lead-up to Sunday’s game, declaring there was no need for added motivation when facing the Cats.

The past six matches between Fremantle and Geelong have resulted in 10 charges being handed out by the match review panel.

Mundy said the Dockers didn’t go into the games wanting to niggle their rivals, but admitted they would approach the clash with an aggressive mindset.

“It’s not really about the niggle, it’s more about trying to get yourself in the game, to assert your dominance and try to get a bit physical,” Mundy said. “I think great teams want to do great things and sometimes it takes big moments and every- one is putting everything on the line.

“I know we’re certainly willing to put everything on the line to get to where we want to go and I’m sure Geelong are too.”

The Dockers face a Cats side desperate to atone for a 62-point pasting by Hawthorn at the MCG yesterday.

“You want to beat the best sides and that’s what we’re going to eventually have to do to get where we want to go,” he said.

“Geelong are a great side, well coached and well captained so it’s going to be another massive struggle.

“We’ve taken one good step forward, but you can get behind in this league very quickly so we’re going to have to be right on our guard.”

The Dockers’ ball use wasn’t always pretty in their win over the Power, but Mundy said the fact they were still able to come away with the result was testament to the side’s ability to dig in around the stoppages and win the hard ball.

“We were a bit disappointed with our skills and, I guess, our composure with the ball moving it around, something they (Port Adelaide) were quite good at,” he said.