Hills isn't writing off the Dockers

A LOT of people might have written off Burnie as a State League contender after a slow start to the season, but Western Storm coach Mitch Hills is not one of them.

Mitch Hills

Mitch Hills

The Storm make the difficult road trip to West Park today to face a Dockers side that recorded just its first win of the season against bottom side Tigers last weekend.

"A lot of people jump on the bandwagon pretty quick to write Burnie off and the same with Lonnie - they've still got some very players and they are going to be a good side when the whip cracks this season," Hills said.

"We are going to focus on our match-ups and getting them right and playing our style of football which will suit the small ground, and we will be able to win the game if we can do that."

Hills said their focus had been firmly on recovery after playing two games in five days last week - a Foxtel Cup victory in Adelaide followed by a loss to Northern Bombers four days later.

"We've had a really light week on the track and focused heavily on recovery and making sure everyone is right to go.

"We've got a really strong list and have everyone available this week except for Tim Jones, who has a school game he has to play before he moves off to Mariners.

"We're at full strength and looking to bounce back after last week - we're sitting 2-2 and obviously we want to try to stay ahead of the ledger in terms of wins and losses with some more winnable games coming up.

"It's a very important game for us in terms of our season and it's going to be one of the toughest road trips no matter where they are on the table."

Hills said he felt the Storm's discipline and accountability suffered under fatigue last game and his players had been rushed and took the easy option when tired.

"It's been put on the boys this week that if they want to win games at State League level, which they are capable of doing, they have to stick to the task for the whole four quarters regardless of whether you are tired or don't feel like it.

"It depends on the weather down there, and more often than not it turns into a bit of a scrap, and we're used to that after the last couple of games we've played and don't mind that at all.

"We've got a game plan that will suit West Park for this week, and obviously a focus for us is our tackling and defensive pressure and getting that right for the full four quarters."


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