Australian Rules-Hawthorn Win 2013 AFL Decider Over Fremantle

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Reuters
The Hawthorn Hawks made up for the disappointment of losing last year's final with a 77-62 (11.11 to 8.14) victory over the Fremantle Dockers to claim the 2013 Australian Football League (AFL) title in Melbourne on Saturday.

A stoppage in an AFL game between the Hawks and the Bombers.

* Hawthorn stave off Freemantle rally in third quarter

* Hawks capture 11th title

The Hawthorn Hawks made up for the disappointment of losing last year's final with a 77-62 (11.11 to 8.14) victory over the Fremantle Dockers to claim the 2013 Australian Football League (AFL) title in Melbourne on Saturday.

The Hawks, who lost to the Sydney Swans in the previous Grand Final, secured an 11th premiership and first since 2008 in front of more than 100,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

For a team that had its attacking credentials hailed in the lead up to the match, Hawthorn's defence was showcased in the early stages of the match, ensuring the Dockers were unable to kick a goal until the second quarter.

The Hawks opened the scoring through a Jack Gunston goal in the fourth minute of the game and did not surrender the lead thereafter.

There were tense moments during the second half as Fremantle clawed back some of their 23-point halftime deficit to trail by just three points at one stage and 10 heading into the final quarter.

However, the Hawks were able to finish the stronger and hold on for the win on the back of a final quarter push that captain Luke Hodge said was something that had been their trademark.

"We've finished off last quarters really well this year but it wasn't just unexpected, the reason we finished off well is because we've worked hard," Hodge said in a post-match television interview.

Hawks midfielder Brad Sewell said the devastation of last year's loss to Sydney was in the mind of the players during the final quarter when Fremantle was attempting to mount a comeback.

"It's one hell of a feeling getting done the way that we did last year and it's something that nobody's prepared go to through again," Sewell said.

Veteran Brian Lake who joined the Hawks at the end of last year was awarded the Norm Smith medal for a best on ground performance, playing in his first Grand Final after 12 seasons in the AFL.