Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson doesn’t care for the debate about whether his side is playing like an AFL pacesetter.
The Hawks remain in top spot after a gritty 22-point win against Port Adelaide on Thursday night which was more substance than style.
And Clarkson says now isn’t the time to worry about form.
“We don’t actually worry too much about form lines, we just worry about trying to secure victory,” Clarkson said after Hawthorn’s 15.11 (101) to 12.7 (79) triumph against Port.
“I have said this many times before, as bland as it is, it’s about adding up victories and making sure we secure enough of them to hopefully finish in the top four.
“And from there, you’re probably pretty concerned in September with the way that you’re playing the game and playing at your very best.
“Right now it’s just about chalking up the wins.”
The Hawks are seeking a fourth consecutive premiership and Clarkson said there was no secret to their ongoing success.
“Good people,” he said.
“It’s not about money. It’s all about people.
“We have got a lot of good people in our playing group, some fantastic people in our coaching staff and football administration and our club.
“There’s no secret.
“Port Adelaide were dead and buried three years ago and brought good people to the club. Western dead and buried 18 months ago, brought good people to the club. The Carlton footy club, good people at their club now.
“It’s not necessarily that the previous people were bad people. It’s just like they weren’t connecting, they weren’t doing it for the club in the right manner.
“You have good people at your club and you give yourselves the greatest chance of success, irrespective of money and where you sit and all that sort of stuff.”