As another training session ends, Freo skipper Matthew Pavlich remains out on the ground to practice kicking for goal with young forward Chris Mayne.

Like professional golfers working on their swings by hitting hundreds of balls onto a driving range, the pair go over and over their routines.

This has been a common sight throughout 2011 so far. Pavlich has acted as a mentor for the 22-year-old Mayne, who was promoted to the Freo Leadership Group in 2011.

Fremantle’s captain aims to improve his own game, but he also thrives on helping younger players reach the next level. Before and after every kick, he talks Mayne through the process.

“Pav speaks about being mentally prepared whenever lining up for a shot,” Mayne said.

“He tells me to be aware of negative thoughts that can enter your mind while lining up for a shot, especially at crucial stages of the game when you can worry about missing.

“Pav says that as soon as negativity creeps into your mind, you have to flick the switch and concentrate on only two things -picking a target to aim at behind the goals and momentum on the approach.

“Pav is one of the best; to learn from him and watch him execute the way he does is sensational.”

For Pavlich, it’s all about building and fostering relationships with his teammates.

He’s also helping out some other young Freo forwards, including Nat Fyfe and Ben Bucovaz.

“It’s about understanding them better as people so you can share some advice and experiences with them,” Pavlich said.

“Chris and I, particularly over the past couple of years, have got pretty close and we’ve pushed each other quite heavily in the gym and on the park.”

Pavlich said Mayne has been a very quick learner.

“His thirst for knowledge, like many in our young group, is vast,” he said.

“I really enjoy having my sessions with him and pushing him as hard as he can go.

“As you get older and as time goes by, to see guys improve and become the best players they can be is really satisfying.”

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