Contrasting styles take Hawks and Freo to grand final
Rohan Connolly and Greg Baum review the preliminary finals and look ahead to what could be a classic grand final.PT6M30S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2u9dy 620 349 September 23, 2013
Hawthorn star Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks won't get sucked in by Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley's trash-talking and close-checking tactics in Saturday's grand final.
And Burgoyne has warned Crowley that the Hawks are ready and willing to give Sam Mitchell plenty of assistance if he is tagged by Fremantle's shut-down king.
Crowley is in grand form after his blanket job on Sydney's Kieren Jack, who had only 11 possessions in last weekend's preliminary final loss to the Dockers in Perth.
Fremantle's Ryan Crowley is tackled by Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis during Fremantle's finals win over Hawthorn in 2010. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Burgoyne says if Crowley goes to Mitchell at the first bounce on Saturday, he will find his niggling tactics won't ruffle the feathers of the in-form Hawk, who had 38 disposals in Friday night's win over Geelong.
''That's just his game. He's made a career of tagging players and being very good at it,'' Burgoyne said on Monday.
''You can't get sucked into those mind games of trash-talking, niggling. Mitch is pretty accustomed to those types of tactics. I've no doubt he'll deal with it very well if it comes his way.''
Burgoyne says Hawthorn's former skipper Mitchell knew exactly what to expect from Crowley and so did his teammates. ''It's up to us guys to help him. I have no doubt he [Mitchell] will have an influence on our game,'' Burgoyne said.
''It's going to take 22 players to win this week and we need the player who's getting tagged to have an influence on the game. So we'll definitely go out of our way to help out whoever he goes to.''
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said his players would be just as determined to help Crowley.
''Players that get tagged break the tag and the team tagging a player helps cover that player when he gets out,'' Lyon said. ''It's a team defence.''
Lyon said sending Crowley to Mitchell was one of his tactical options. ''He [Mitchell] is a good player. We'll have a think about it,'' Lyon said.
Lyon says Crowley's mental strength is one of his major assets. ''He's got very good concentration. He's a running machine,'' Lyon said.