Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge is confident his side can put the clamps on Geelong power forward Tom Hawkins in Friday night's AFL clash at Metricon Stadium.
Hawkins has booted a competition-high 33 goals this season, while he was also the AFL's joint-leader in goal assists ahead of round 14.
Beveridge said the finals-chasing Bulldogs would draw on their win over Geelong in round 16 last year, when they kept Hawkins to two goals and eight disposals.
"He's having an outstanding year and for a player of his experience to find another level again in his performance is a real credit to him," Beveridge said.
"We feel the way we played against the Cats and the way we managed the threat of Tom Hawkins last time was probably a good template for us - so we've got some history to work from.
"We've seen other teams not necessarily do it so well.
"As usual, the pressure up the ground will really help our defenders, give them a chance to halve and win some footy in his area.
"But it's a great challenge because the Cats are playing well, and isolated there doesn't seem to be any better bear in the square at the moment than Tom Hawkins."
The 32-year-old has played all 13 games in a superb individual season.
Geelong coach Chris Scott said unlike fellow veterans Joel Selwood, Harry Taylor and Gary Ablett, Hawkins currently didn't need to be rested.
"Tom's different to those guys in his makeup - with his injury history with the position he plays," Scott said.
"The similarities are obvious - the age - but then we tend to look at the individuals and manage them on that basis rather than say 'you're in the older cohort so you'll all be managed the same way.
"Tom's in the best shape I've ever seen him in.
"So that doesn't guarantee that he will be in six weeks time by any means but we're certainly not seeing anything that's changing our plan with him as an individual."