Hawthorn legend Robert DiPierdomenico says Fremantle's ground-breaking MCG win over Geelong last Saturday night will give them the momentum to knock Adelaide out of the premiership race in tonight's semifinal at AAMI Stadium.
DiPierdomenico said any doubts within the Fremantle team would have disappeared after the stunning upset of the reigning premiers.
A win over the Crows would earn a preliminary final berth against Hawthorn tomorrow week.
DiPierdomenico, a five-times premiership player, likened Fremantle's current plight to that of Hawthorn in 1991 when they became the AFL's first interstate finals winners, beating West Coast at Subiaco Oval.
Hawthorn would beat the Eagles again a few weeks later in the grand final at Waverley Park.
Although DiPierdomenico was not part of the team which took great momentum from beating the Eagles en route to the flag, he was still part of the club.
He said he saw the Dockers garner the same momentum as they claimed their ninth win in the past 10 matches last weekend.
"It gives you a confidence you never had before because you haven't achieved it before," DiPierdomenico said.
"When you say you're going to do something and it happens, you go, 'Wow, it happened'. To win that first interstate final was such an important part of our growth that year and I've seen Fremantle growing since the last quarter against North Melbourne (in round 22).
"It showed everyone was playing their part and everyone was playing for each other.
"Then they beat a very good team in Geelong and they made them look ordinary in the first half - it's a huge step.
"Freo don't get the chance to play on the MCG a lot and now they've won a final there.
"To play there on the biggest stage against a club that everyone thought would just take over was an enormous confidence builder personally and as a team.
"They will look in each other's eyes now and say there is nothing they can't do now. I think they can do it against Adelaide, there's no doubt about it."
During a visit to Adelaide's Henley Beach yesterday, Fremantle forward Michael Walters looked sore and did some exercises away from the rest of his teammates.
Fremantle assistant coach Mark Stone said the Dockers had to learn lessons from a round-20 loss to the Crows, particularly competing better in the vital contested areas.
It was there that he said the inclusion of Aaron Sandilands and Nat Fyfe to the team which lost to Adelaide last time would be significant. Stone said he had tried to simplify the stoppage systems to make the most of Sandilands' advantage.
"Aaron is obviously a key part of our team and he gives us first use as often as he can," Stone said.
"Opposition teams have to plan for him and Nathan Fyfe is just a great ball winner and just adds to our midfield and gives us another player in there that we know can win the ball. We think we're capable of getting the job done."
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