GRANT Birchall will be hoping his engagement with Fremantle on Saturday is as fruitful as the last time he faced the Dockers.
That afternoon at Aurora Stadium in April was the Devonport defender's most prolific Hawthorn match for the season, collecting 37 disposals at a disposal efficiency rate of 81.1 per cent, seemingly without an opponent in sight.
The 25-year-old enters the grand final tracking towards that type of form after collecting 27 touches at a disposal efficiency rate of 85.2 per cent against Geelong in Friday's epic preliminary final win.
Birchall also took seven marks, had one rebound 50 and five inside 50s.
He has averaged 24 touches since returning from a knee injury in round 21, and collected 26 and 27 in his two finals.
The Tasmanian will also be hoping to avenge his quiet grand final outing from last season, when the Swans restricted him to just 14 possessions.
Birchall was yesterday cleared by the match review panel over his bump on Geelong's Matthew Stokes.
The panel said the contact was made solely to the body and there was no forceful high contact made.
Birchall is one of two Tasmanians on the respective lists of this week's combatants; however, if Derby's Jesse Crichton were to play it would be one of the great grand final selection shocks.
Crichton has managed just the one game, in the final home and away match when the Dockers rested half their team, and with none of its small defenders under injury clouds, it would be unlikely that Ross Lyon would make any changes to the defence that strangled Sydney.
There was a strong Tasmanian presence in the VFL grand final on Sunday, with Clarence's Sam Iles finishing among the best players for Box Hill.
The former Collingwood and Gold Coast midfielder defender collected 23 touches, took six marks and kicked 1.1 in the win over a Geelong team that featured Launceston's Jackson Thurlow and Hobart's George Burbury.
In the NEAFL grand final on Saturday, Glenorchy's Aaron Cornelius was held to just the one goal as Brisbane reserves defeated Sydney reserves.