Fremantle's hopes of winning their first grand final will rest heavily on two former Hawthorn draftees.
Key defenders Luke McPharlin and Zac Dawson started their careers at the Hawks.
They are now preparing to battle what McPharlin says is the league's hardest tall-forward combination, Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead.
"They're super players as we know and they'll provide a great challenge for myself, Zac Dawson and Michael Johnson," McPharlin said.
"But of course, to play against these types, you need the pressure on the field to be first-class.
"Our forwards and midfielders, the pressure they're able to put on sides, really make our job easier as defenders."
Fremantle have had to wait five years longer than Hawthorn to reap the ultimate reward for a 2001 trade in which they secured McPharlin and Trent Croad.
In return, the Hawks got draft picks which they used to take Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell.
The pair were crucial to their team's surprise 2008 premiership. Hodge was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as best afield.
Dawson's 14 games for the Hawks in 2005 and 2006 included an eight-goal battering from Collingwood's Anthony Rocca in just his fourth match.
But after a stint at St Kilda, he has become one of Fremantle coach Ross Lyon's most dependable defensive assets.
McPharlin joked that it had been so long since he was traded that he sometimes forgot he had been a Hawthorn player.
But his then-Hawks coach Peter Schwab remembers it vividly.
Schwab recalled how former recruiting boss John Turnbull had convinced him that McPharlin, although still with the East Fremantle colts, was worth an early draft punt before they took him with pick No.10 in 1999.
But he was disappointed when McPharlin said he wanted to leave the club after just 12 games.
"When he started, he was pretty naive about what was required, but he was a very talented boy," Schwab said.
"Then he got some really bad osteitis pubis and he felt we didn't manage him well enough.
"He also felt the pull from home, but was never a factor in our trading until he indicated he was going to walk through the pre-season draft.
"So we felt we had to get something for him. If Luke had have decided to stay, that would have been ideal and I still think we could have got the deal done without him being involved.
"But he wanted to go and was prepared to walk so we had to put him in the mix.
"It was unfortunate for Hawthorn, but I've always watched Luke play and he's become an outstanding defender."
Schwab said that after Fremantle's dismantling of Sydney last Saturday night, the Dockers would prove "very hard to beat" for his old club.