Midfielder David Mundy says Fremantle risk blowing a golden opportunity to advance to the grand final if they lose focus over the next seven days.
The Dockers will train today as they enjoy the weekend off ahead of a preliminary final at Patersons Stadium next Saturday against the winners of tonight's semifinal between Sydney and Carlton at ANZ Stadium.
The hype surrounding Fremantle has gone into overdrive since they defied the odds to beat Geelong last Saturday.
Mundy said while the Dockers had enjoyed the victory and tried to learn from it, they were not dwelling on it.
"The club hasn't been in this position before, which is obviously a big positive, but we are just trying to keep a level head and just go about our business as we normally would," he said.
"This week has been about trying to have our schedule run as per normal."
Mundy said coach Ross Lyon's message had been consistent.
"It is pretty constant about not getting overawed by the moment and trying to stay in the moment and not look too far ahead and let emotions take hold too much," he said.
"It was an emotional win on the weekend and afterwards the boys were quite happy and jubilant but recognising that we haven't done anything yet and the big challenge is ahead."
Mundy said not playing this weekend was a rare situation.
He had sought advice from those who had experienced it before, including stoppage coach Mark Stone.
"We can't alter what happens over this weekend and all we can do is really prepare as well as we can for next weekend so we can bring our best effort," he said.
"Our program is set out for us. Mark Stone is my one-on-one coach and he has been through this before.
"The advice from him and from Ross has been pretty constant. It is just about preparing really well and not mentally relaxing or thinking too far ahead.
"It is great the support we are getting from our members and the community and it is pleasing to be in this kind of position, but realising that if our focus wanders we will be out pretty quick and it will all evaporate."
The Dockers will be hot favourites in the preliminary final.
"We didn't really speak about perceived underdogs leading into the Geelong game and we definitely don't talk about it during the regular season," Mundy said.
"We realise whoever comes over, whether it's Carlton or Sydney, will come over red hot and try and bring their best effort.
"We recognise it is going to take our best."
Mundy dismissed Fremantle's home-ground advantage.
"If home-ground advantage was an actual thing we would be playing this weekend," he said.
"Our win in Geelong proved that it is about your mindset going in, not external environments."
"Our win in Geelong proved that it is about your mindset going in, not external environments."" *David Mundy *dismissing home-ground advantage * *