Sydney have responded to Fremantle's war cry by effectively telling the Dockers to catch us if you can after opting for blistering speed at selection on Thursday night.
The Swans have laid clear their game plan for Saturday night's preliminary final after recalling Gary Rohan and last year's heartbreak story Ben McGlynn.
Rohan and McGlynn have been cleared by Swans medical staff after they missed Sydney's brave victory over Carlton last week.
McGlynn had been considered a "touch and go" proposition last week, while Rohan topped off his preparation with a solid hit-out in the seconds. Both men missed out on the Swans' premiership last year because of injury.
Rohan joins fellow Road Runners Lewis Jetta and Harry Cunningham in the Swans' 22, which will be aiming to run the Dockers off their legs on the large Patersons Stadium arena.
The Swans' extra pace could be crucial if they can avoid death by asphyxiation from Ross Lyon's hard-nosed team and break into space. With Kurt Tippett out injured, Sydney, as expected, opted for a smaller forward set-up and will rely on the likes of McGlynn, Jetta, Rohan and their midfield brigade to provide most of their goal-scoring arsenal.
The Swans and Dockers have been the defence kings this year and, with a grand final berth at stake, know what to expect from each other. Dockers captain Matthew Pavlich said his team were preparing for "footy war", to which Swans veteran Ryan O'Keefe responded by forecasting a grim battle of attrition.
"The way they've played this year, contested balls have been really hard," O'Keefe said. "They've built their game on their defence so it's going to be a really tough game. Depending on what the weather does it could make it even more fierce and more contested with a slippery ball. That's what finals footy is all about – doing it for harder and for longer, and who can last the longest."
Pavlich said the Dockers held the Swans with the utmost respect because of their record over a long period.
"[They're] reigning premiers, their culture's strong they've got great leaders, they're going to be a very hard side to beat Saturday night and we know they are going to go right to the end," he said.
"You admire a lot of teams in the AFL but certainly Sydney, their culture, their leaders the way they go about their business [we] very much respect what they're about and that's why we're preparing ourselves for what we call footy war.
"They are contested big-body players and what they're about is exactly what we'd like to be about as well, we understand just how hard a game it's going to be."
Nothing separated the two sides when they met in round eight after the Dockers finished with a wet sail by booting the final four goals to salvage a draw.
"When you're playing the best sides if you have a little lapse for a five- or 10-minute period they'll jump you," O'Keefe said. "We let it go for a period of time and Freo are a really good side and they capitalised and made us hurt. In the end they probably should have won the game."
The trip west has generally been a daunting one for most clubs but not so the Swans, who have won their past four games at Patersons Stadium.
The Swans even flew their players over on business class in a bid to give them every chance to run out the game.