FOOTBALL'S most prolific goal-kicker fears inaccuracy could plague his old club's premiership tilt on Saturday.
Thirty-six years after retiring, Peter Hudson still holds the league record for the highest average of goals a game and was Hawthorn's leading goal-kicker for five straight campaigns but is concerned the wayward shooting that cost the club in last year's grand final could derail another campaign.
Hudson said when proven straight-shooters like Luke Breust, Jack Gunston and David Hale start misfiring, as they did in Friday's preliminary final nail-biter against Geelong, the alarm bells sounded.
``We have to kick straight,'' Hudson said.
``If we'd kicked straight against Geelong we could have won by six or seven goals but to have 32 scoring shots to 22 and only win by five points is a bit nerve-racking.
``Breust is a brilliant kicker but had an off night. Hale is one of the best kicks in the side but even he missed a couple.
``When you have players that you know can kick straight suddenly start missing it's normally a loss of confidence so I think if our guys go out with a positive attitude they will be OK.
``If we kick badly again, we've got no one to blame but ourselves. If we are missing from 15 or 20 metres out, that could cost us the grand final because Fremantle are the sort of side that will cash in.''
The 67-year-old Tasmanian, who bagged 727 goals in just 129 games and hit three figures four seasons running, said it was an ideal opportunity for the Hawks to maintain their record of a flag in each decade since the '60s.
``I'm very happy we're there because I was very worried on Friday night but now I think we're in with a helluva chance.
``If we play to our best Hawthorn should win but you can never underestimate Fremantle who are playing fantastic football.
``They've done a 19-year apprenticeship so probably feel entitled to some success.
Hudson was instrumental in negotiating Hawthorn's move into Tasmania more than a decade ago and admitted he would be disappointed if the club left the state when the existing contract expires in 2016.
``I hope Hawthorn hangs around because I'm a great believer in what Hawthorn has done for Tasmania.
``All I know is what I've heard on the grapevine and really I don't know enough about AFL Tasmania's perspective to comment.
``My impression is that Hawthorn would like to stay but the dynamics can change so quickly. Fifteen years ago we had nothing in Tasmania, now we've got six games and three years is still a fair while. A lot can happen in that time.''
Hudson said he had numerous speaking engagements in a hectic program leading up to the grand final which he would be at ``with bells on.''