Defender Zac Dawson says a good first seven weeks has Fremantle set for what could be a season-defining month of footy ahead.

Fremantle faces Hawthorn in Tasmania off a six-day break this Saturday, followed by clashes with form sides West Coast and Adelaide at Patersons, and a round 11 date with a resurgent Richmond at the MCG.

Dawson said five wins out of seven had his side in good shape for the challenging schedule before the round 12 bye.

“You’d take 5-2 at the start of the year,” he said.

“We’ve got probably the hardest month coming up, which everyone’s aware of.

“I think the next month will be a big key to the season. If we can have two or three wins out of the next four, it would go a long way.”

Dawson said Saturday’s clash at Hobart’s Aurora Stadium with Hawthorn, who have won four games this season, would be big a test, but one Freo was looking forward to.

“Hawthorn’s got such a good list, you always know it’s going to be a good fight, but we’ve played pretty well when we’ve travelled this year,” he said.

“That’s one thing Ross (Lyon) is big on, winning interstate.

“Especially being an interstate club, you have to be able to do that to be successful.

“So it’ll be interesting to see how we go, but everyone is pretty excited and raring to go.”

The message from Lyon this week, as it has been all season, will be a four-quarter effort, which Dawson said Freo had not managed to achieve yet.

“Ross wants that four-quarter game,” he said.

“We haven’t done it yet this year. We’ve been good for two quarters and dropped off for a quarter.

“Once we do get that four-quarter game, we’ll be pretty good.”

Dawson was also pleased with the way he had gelled with Freo’s defence, which has allowed the fewest points in the AFL over the past four weeks.

“Being a newcomer to the club, that’s one thing I was hoping to achieve as a defensive group,” he said.

“It’s a credit to all of us. We’ve gelled together quite well in the first seven rounds and, hopefully, it can continue.”

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