Best attack versus best defenders Enjoy the Buddy show

NEXT season Josh Drummond will be charged with trying to stop Hawthorn juggernaut Lance Franklin as North Melbourne's new defensive coach, but for now he plans to sit back and enjoy the Buddy show.

The retired Brisbane Lion believes "Buddy" Franklin is poised to deliver a long-awaited monster game in today's grand final against the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG.

Franklin's 59 goals this season is his worst haul since his 31 goals for the Hawks in 2006 and is 10 goals worse than his 2012 tally.

Drummond said he had agonised over trying to pick a winner today, but felt a Hawks offence led by Franklin and Jarryd Roughead could be decisive.

"I think (Cyril) Rioli, Roughead, Franklin and even (Jack) Gunston have the ability to kick bags of goals and really take the game away from the opposition," the ex-Maroochydore Roo said.

"So in what could be a really intriguing contest, I think that could be the determining factor.

"I think either he (Franklin) or Roughead might break out. It's pretty tough to keep both of those guys down at the one time."

ROUGHEAD is the AFL's leading goal-kicker this season with 70, while Gunston has 42 and Rioli has 18 in 14 games.

Drummond retired last season after an injury-plagued career and took on a development coaching role at North Melbourne.

He has received a promotion for 2014 and will look after the Kangaroos' defence.

Known as a skilled defender, Drummond said while it was unlikely the Dockers could match Hawthorn's offensive weaponry, they had the defensive resolve to test last season's beaten grand finalist.

He said the successful implementation of Fremantle's pressure style would result in it getting cheap goals.

"Freo probably don't have as many goal-kicking forwards, but their game is built more on pressure and keeping the opposition under the pump," he said.

"I think it's going to be a really good game to watch.

"There's no doubt Fremantle's ability to pressure and put Hawthorn under the pump is going to be crucial for them."

Hawthorn was the leading attacking side in the regular season with 2523 points, while Fremantle were the stingiest defenders (1518 points).

The Hawks, with 10 grand final wins in the bag, are chasing their first premiership since 2008.

Fremantle is chasing its first premiership after entering the competition in 1995.

Topics:  afl freemantle dockers hawthorn hawks

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