Geelong coach Chris Scott says it will be impossible for his players to avoid the hype and expectation surrounding Friday night's preliminary final as they prepare to face Hawthorn for a place in their fifth grand final since 2007.
The Cats and Hawks have built an incredible rivalry since the 2008 grand final won by Hawthorn.
The Hawks haven't beaten Geelong in any of the next 11 meetings between the two clubs.
The Cats won a qualifying final in 2011, but this will be the first time since 2008 that they've played in a cutthroat encounter.
Seven of the past 18 preliminary finals have been decided by 10 points or less and Scott said the hype and anxiety surrounding the occasion made this game even more intense.
"It's different to any other game bar that one because of the consequences," Scott said.
"I don't know of any team that's gone into a prelim final with nothing to lose.
"The prize is so great and when it gets tight towards the end of the game, your nerves are frayed in the coaches' box and you're hoping that your players are cooler than the opposition.
"That's almost as good as footy gets, with the exception of the week after.
"Don't think for a second that players and coaches are immune to the hype and the build-up that accompanies these games because it's really what we're involved for."
The Cats yesterday accepted Norm Smith medallist Paul Chapman's one-match suspension for rough conduct, forcing at least one change to the team that beat Port Adelaide.
Scott said five-times All- Australian Corey Enright (knee) wouldn't play unless he was clearly fit.
Former South Fremantle forward Shane Kersten would be in the 25-man squad after another stellar performance in the VFL preliminary final last weekend.
Geelong and Hawthorn's reserves team, Box Hill, play in the VFL grand final on Sunday, but Cats pair Billie Smedts and Jordan Murdoch are possible inclusions in the senior side.
Scott said Geelong had shown in the past that they don't rely on a handful against the Hawks.
"It was Jordan Murdoch and Jesse Stringer last time and it's been Jimmy Bartel and Harry Taylor in the past," Scott said.
"I think the 22 we put out on the park will be a pretty accomplished team and capable of getting the job done.
Hawthorn will be fresh after having last weekend off, but Scott said Geelong had been buoyed by their second half against Port Adelaide last Friday night.
He said the Hawks were entitled to be confident but his team was ready for the challenge.
"The second half of footy was the best footy we've probably played for at least a month," Scott said.
"Don't think for a second that players and coaches are immune to the hype and the build-up ""Geelong coach *Chris Scott *