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Hill poetry in motion for Dockers
Stephen Hill in action against Melbourne. Pic: AFL Media

It is beautiful balance which makes Fremantle midfielder Stephen Hill, in full flight, one of the game's most watchable commodities.

But it is the better balance of his team's midfield as a whole which might be Hill's biggest ally.

It was a pleasure to watch the constantly-tagged Docker storm into space in the first quarter with four bounces on his path to goal.

Melbourne defenders seemed to be running away, mesmerised by the unfolding poetry.

Tagger Jordie McKenzie ensured the sight was not common, but as the game unfolded so did the reality of what Fremantle are trying to become as a team.

Hill, Michael Walters and Hayden Ballantyne are an odd trio, but they have the ability to become a devastating speed fleet.

Walters' eye-catching return was to Hill and Ballantyne what the injection of Matt de Boer to the midfield has been to David Mundy and Michael Barlow.

It was just the sixth time Hill, Ballantyne and Walters had played together and the first time since round three last year.

"Michael and Ballas are both dangerous, especially if we're playing good footy and winning it and getting it outside," Hill said.

"We haven't played a lot together, so it's good to have us all in now and good to see the whole team playing good footy. It helps when everyone is playing their role and helping each other."

Mundy praised de Boer for the "hard edge" he had brought to the midfield, but said there was a lot of improvement to come in terms of working to the structures set by midfield coach Mark Stone.

"It's definitely growing," Mundy said. "With the new structures and stuff that Stoney's brought in, we're definitely a bit hit and miss at the moment, which is a bit unfortunate.

"But we're working hard off the track and at training and guys are getting their heads across it. Hopefully, it continues to improve."

Hill said Stone, a former West Coast and Sydney assistant, had been a useful sounding board in helping him deal with the physical attention which had become his weekly companion. He said the work of his teammates to make life difficult for his taggers had also been of significant value.

"It's something I'm sort of getting used to," he said. "But my teammates have been really good in helping me out, blocking for me and supporting. I just try and get as much support from them as I can and when I'm winning my own ball, it's harder for them to stop that.

"So that's sort of where my focus is as well. I've been dealing with it for a few more games now and know what's happening, so I've just got to keep working hard on the things I can do to beat it."

Hill admitted the Dockers felt under pressure when Melbourne got the jump on them, but he never doubted the resilience his team was starting to regularly muster.

"It's a credit to our boys, they just kept fighting back and stayed in the game," he said. "We just kept fighting in the second quarter and we knew we were in the game.

"We moved the ball a bit better and tidied up our skills and it felt like the boys were pressuring better and stopping their ball movement a bit.

"It was just good to get the win, especially away from home."