Ross Lyon
Ross Lyon

Fremantle will aim to become only the third team in AFL history to win a semi-final from an elimination final when they take on Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Friday night.

Only twice before has a top-four team been knocked out in straight sets under the current finals system after the AFL dumped the controversial McIntyre system for the 2000 season.

Hawthorn was the first to do it in 2001 when they defeated Port Adelaide 10.12 (72) to 10.9 (69).

And Collingwood became the second in 2007 when they knocked West Coast out in straights sets a year after their premiership success.

Ross Lyon said records like that would count for little would be when the ball is bounced on Friday night.

"History is a strong indicator, but we see possibility for ourselves and certainly it can be done," Lyon said.

"Luckily, we're not a group that's defined by the past because if we were all defined by the past we would have handed the cup to Geelong at the start of the year.

"But everyone has an opportunity in a new year and obviously for us it's another final."

The Dockers' task is made all the much harder with only a six-day break between the matches.

That difficulty is compounded by the fact they will travel two weeks in a row and only spend two full days in Perth, while Adelaide remain at home for the third week in a row.

Fremantle elected to stay in Melbourne the night after their win over Geelong and flew back on the Sunday at the advice of their conditioning staff.

Lyon said the group pulled up well.

"It's first time back-to-back travel, but it's irrelevant really, it's just being mentally tough, prepare really well and give yourself the best chance," he said.

"The conditioners recommended that it was just easier to just stay and come back the next day. I know personally I felt better for it.

"You come back in pretty good shape and you get a pretty good sleep because it's a key to recovery. Everyone looks pretty bouncy and healthy today."

Lyon would not speculate that Fremantle's strong form and Adelaide's significant loss presented them with a great chance to progress to a preliminary final against Hawthorn.

"The opportunity is a final to progress. I don't think it's anything more or less than that," he said.

"It's an exciting opportunity. Adelaide would see it the same way.

"The scrutiny and expectations really come to an acute point in these games. They're really coveted these results and you've got to work hard to get a hold of them."

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