The grand final umpires have guaranteed Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley won't be singled out for attention and will be protected if Hawthorn target him.
WA's Brett Rosebury and Victorian pair Simon Meredith and Mathew Nicholls were yesterday appointed to control the clash between the Dockers and Hawks at the MCG on Saturday.
Meredith has umpired Fremantle four times this year, including last Saturday night's preliminary final against Sydney, but Nicholls has only been involved in one Dockers game and Rosebury hasn't officiated a Fremantle fixture since Crowley was fined for pinching North Melbourne's Brent Harvey at Patersons Stadium in round 14.
Fremantle's Doig medallist in 2012, Crowley has again been outstanding this season, dominating a wave of opponents.
However, his tactics have at times been considered controversial, with former Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy, now a media commentator, flagging a physical approach being the best way to curb the Docker's influence.
"He'll go to Sam Mitchell … 100 per cent he'll go to Mitchell," Darcy told the AFL website.
"Mitchell is the one you want to stop, he had 38 possessions - a season high in the preliminary final (against Geelong).
"To have Sam Mitchell blanketed by Ryan Crowley is a disaster for Hawthorn on grand final day.
"If you get a chance, I reckon (Brent) Guerra, I reckon (Jordan) Lewis or I reckon (Luke) Hodge will be saying 'run him past me at one stage and I'll see if I can take the wind out of his sails', take him off his game a little bit because you have to fight back.
"You can't allow Ryan Crowley to mentally get the edge on your best player.
"You address it as a team. You can't ignore the fact that Ryan Crowley has been absolutely demolishing opposition players."
Rosebury stressed the umpires wouldn't have any pre-conceived views about how players would behave and taggers had as much right to be protected as every other player.
"Every player out there is entitled to the same amount of protection that the laws of the game permit," Rosebury said.
"So, if any player gets taken high they'll get a free kick. If any player goes to ground and we see it they'll get a free kick.
"We don't go out there looking to pay some players free kicks and other players not. Everyone gets a free run and an even contest.
"Every team has players that run with defensive roles out there. We're going to expect no different come Saturday.
"Both teams are entitled to play close and tight with each other and if they cross that line and infringe, we'll pay the warranted frees as they appear."
It will be Rosebury's sixth consecutive grand final and Meredith's second, while Nicholls makes his grand final debut after being named the All-Australian whistle blower. They will be joined on the MCG by WA boundary umpire Nathan Doig.
He officiated in the 2011 grand final, but took a leave of absence last year to work as part of Australian Olympian John Steffensen's support team.
AFL umpires' boss Jeff Gieschen said he had told them to take no risks with score decisions on Saturday and to call for a video review if there was any doubt.
"Our instruction is if there is any doubt there we need to go to that score review scenario," Gieschen said.
"The worst thing would be if something occurs and we haven't bothered to look at it.
"All those processes are in place and I'm really comfortable they'll stand up well for us."
But Gieschen said the umpires couldn't use the video review for any other decisions, even though replays would have allowed them to see that Geelong's Jared Rivers soccered the ball out of bounds on the full last week.
The umpires couldn't determine whether the ball came off a Geelong or Hawthorn boot, so threw the ball in and the Cats scored a goal from the stoppage.