1 - Pressure
Never before has a team applied pressure like Fremantle. Their manic pressure gives the opposition no time or space to think, let alone use the ball efficiently.
2 - Defence
Freo have the most miserly defence in the competition, conceding the fewest scores of any club this season. Only twice did an opposition break the 100-point barrier (though one was the Hawks; the other was St Kilda in round 23 when the Dockers left their top dozen players at home).
3 - Matthew Pavlich
Already an all-time great, Pavlich holds the key to Fremantle's forward line. And he loves a big stage and the MCG: in 27 games there, he's slotted 72 goals.
4 - Tall, strong midfielders
Nat Fyfe (190cm), David Mundy (192cm) and Michael Barlow (189cm) are tall enough to hold down key positions, yet form a dominant midfield. All can run like the wind but, more importantly, keep cool heads and use the ball precisely.
5 - Ryan Crowley
The Fremantle tagger has more big scalps than any stopper. He's an antagonist, known to pinch his target, and he never shuts up. Every opposition says pre-match they won't get distracted by him. Then they spend the entire game trying to knock his block off.
6 - Ross Lyon
The Freo coach is a polarising figure but he's due a change of grand final luck. As St Kilda coach in 2009, he fell short because of a freakish Matthew Scarlett toe-poke. The next year, a bad bounce robbed Stephen Milne of the likely premiership-winning goal - they drew against Collingwood and then lost the replay.
7 - Aaron Sandilands
The 211cm-tall ruckman is as close to unbeatable as any player. He dominates the hit-outs, takes pack marks and also has an impact around the ground. Can also drift forward and kick a goal.
8 - Road record
Anywhere, anytime is the Dockers' mantra. And although they have won only 12 of 29 games at the MCG, they have won three of their past five at the grand final venue.
9 - Inexperience
While Hawthorn might be weighed down by expectation, and the disappointment of losing last year's grand final, the Dockers have a clean slate. They have never played a grand final, so have nothing to fear.
10 - Hawthorn can't kick straight
The Hawks haven't kicked more goals than behinds in their past four finals, including last year's premiership play-off, and Lance Franklin and Luke Breust are decidedly wobbly from set shots.