All-Australian defenders Luke McPharlin and Michael Johnson appear set to line up for Fremantle in Saturday's grand final against Hawthorn despite lingering injury concerns.
McPharlin, 31, and Johnson, 28, both played out Saturday night's 25-point win over Sydney, despite receiving plenty of treatment on the sidelines.
The preliminary final victory was Johnson's first game back from a calf strain that ruled him out of the qualifying final.
McPharlin was second-up after missing eight matches with a torn calf. He insisted yesterday he would be right to play.
"I've pulled up well," he said.
"I came off a little bit more in the game than I normally would typically for a game given the way Sydney were structuring up.
"They weren't playing three legitimate talls, they were playing two, sometimes one, so we had an opportunity for some of the tall defenders, myself, Michael Johnson, Zac Dawson, to come off a little bit more than we normally would and get a little bit of treatment on the sides.
"So yeah, no issues."
Johnson experienced calf tightness, but skipper Matthew Pavlich was confident the back man would be available.
"Everyone's in this morning and moving well," he said yesterday. "I don't see any issues whatsoever with anyone."
The Dockers will feature in the biggest game in the club's 19-year history against the Hawks, who booked their berth with a five-point win over Geelong.
Fittingly, this year's premiership race has come down to the league's No.1 ranked offensive side, Hawthorn, against the No.1 defensive team in Fremantle.
Pavlich said the Dockers had what it took to blunt the Hawks' goal-kicking power.
"It's not only that back six, it's the entire defensive pressure that we put on oppositions," he said.
"We'll be asking questions of Hawthorn with our defensive pressure all over the ground which hopefully they haven't seen this year.
"Clearly we need to bring that to life but as I said before, it's really powerful when the whole team's doing it."
The Hawks need to find a replacement for Brendan Whitecross after he tore an anterior cruciate ligament on Friday night against the Cats.
Jonathan Simpkin rocketed into calculations with a best- on-ground performance in yesterday's VFL grand final.
The first-year Hawk collected 26 disposals and kicked two goals to win the Norm Goss Medal in Box Hill's 21-point win over Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
Simpkin played 13 games during the home-and-away season.
Everyone's in this morning and moving well. I don't see any issues …" *Matthew Pavlich *