Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says his team has improved significantly since its round-four loss to Hawthorn in Launceston and would not be daunted by them in the grand final.
Hawthorn thrashed the Dockers by 42 points in Launceston. However, Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands, Zac Clarke and Luke McPharlin, who did not play in that game, are all back.
"They smacked us down in Lonnie the last couple of times, so I am sure they're pretty confident," Lyon said.
"But Geelong smacked us, round 14 down there. We went down there and turned the tables so we'll go to school on it.
"We'll look at it but we've evolved a fair bit since earlier in the year, personnel-wise and really even the way we play.
"We certainly can offer more of an offensive threat than we did in the past.
"Our stoppage work is at the highest order at the minute and we know our defence stands up."
Lyon is happy to concede the Hawks have been the best home-and-away team of the year but added: "It's not about that, it's about being the best finals team. Both of us have won two and whoever gets it on the weekend can walk away being the best finals team."
Lyon said the Dockers' coaches were still to look at how best to counter Hawthorn's marking targets in attack, Lance Franklin, David Hale, Jarryd Roughead and Jack Gunston, and were yet to decide if tagger Ryan Crowley would be sent to Sam Mitchell.
"They are a great kicking team," he said. "But sometimes pressure dictates how you can use the ball. In a sense we'll dictate how they use the ball.
"They've got those tall forwards haven't they, Roughead and Franklin and Hale and (Max) Bailey goes through there, then they sub one out late.
"We'll have a sharp review tomorrow with the players and then move on to Hawthorn.
"It's just typical of us sticking to what we do, take care of ourselves first and move on to Hawthorn.
"I heard Wayne Bennett talk about the Newcastle Knights and their uncharted territory, but he said they've been doing the basics really well, and if they get away from those it will blow up, so the same thing applies to us.
"We've won a lot of games, I think it's about 17 out of the last 20, been smacked a couple by Geelong and Hawthorn, but we know we stand up and we do the basics really well over and over again. I'm sure we'll be fine.
"It's a pretty simple philosophy but we'll just have a good week of preparation and get on the bird and go over and aim to get it done."
Lyon thought his team could improve from its preliminary final win against Sydney, citing the lack of football for many players because of the club's decision to rest players from its round-23 clash with St Kilda to freshen them for the finals.
"As you all know we rested nine or 10 or 12 against the Saints, so the effect of winning the first final is most of our players have played only two games in five weeks," he said.
"We feel the weekend would have brought them on a bit as well. We go over fresh, but it would have brought us up a notch, that level of performance, so we see some improved match conditioning come out of it as well."
The build-up to Lyon's fourth grand final felt more like a "normal game" than his previous three, but he acknowledged the normal distractions of the Brownlow Medal count and grand final parade and he anticipated a big turnout at Fremantle's one open training session of the week today.
"I'll be surprised if there isn't 15,000 people there during the week," he said. "There are some differences there but what is important is not to be distracted, just focus on what you need to do.
"I think due to that experience I am certainly not awestruck by a grand final or the week. I think I'll enjoy it but, more importantly, I will see our players enjoy some recognition and being under the spotlight and see the club grow.
"When you see your members and fans be up and about, you sort of take pride in that.
"But for me personally it is about the grind of preparation and trying to guide our players through. Under pressure, people are hungry to be led and that's my job to help lead, along with Matthew and Luke and all of our leaders."