Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley has no fears about today's grand final, claiming the Hawks can't target him any more than other teams have during the home-and- away season.
Coaching great Kevin Sheedy has declared the Hawks should send Crowley from the field in an ambulance and former Geelong star Cameron Mooney said if he was playing he would run through the Dockers' best-and-fairest winner to make a statement.
The AFL has warned the Hawks and Dockers that any player found guilty of a reportable offence will receive double penalties.
Crowley said Hawthorn couldn't get away with illegal tactics, so he had nothing to worry about.
"What can you do? Dirty tactics have gone out of footy these days," Crowley said. "We'll be out there to play a fair game and hopefully they are too. They've come after me all year.
"All teams try to protect their good players and I'm sure it will be the same. It won't be any different to how it has been."
Crowley didn't have a tagger's role when the Dockers played Hawthorn in round four. Hawks playmakers enjoyed the freedom, with Grant Birchall, Shaun Burgoyne and Sam Mitchell having high-possession games.
Mitchell said he was prepared for Crowley's tagging, but Hawthorn dismissed any suggestions they would target the Docker.
Tough nuts Jordan Lewis and Brent Guerra plan to be more focused on winning the ball.
"I have heard it a fair bit but no, it won't happen," Guerra said. "I will just go out and play my natural game like all players will. Any head-high contact you just can't do these days, so we are just going out there to play our natural game."
Feisty small forward Hayden Ballantyne will also be the centre of attention today. His niggling tactics have constantly brought opposition teams undone.
Ballantyne said today was no time to change the way he played.
"We are not out there to make friends, we are out there to win a grand final," he said.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon predicted a fierce but fair contest.
"Grand finals are played in great spirit," he said.
"They are fierce, they are tough. It is more hard and tough than ever, but modern grand finals are played in great spirit and I would expect no different tomorrow.
"We will see blood rules and potential concussions, but it will be delivered in a manner that is expected by the AFL and both clubs, I would imagine.""What can you do? Dirty tactics have gone out of footy ... teams try to protect their good players …"" *Ryan Crowley *