VICTORS and vanquished declared the AFL grand final a huge success after stepping off the plane from Melbourne in Launceston yesterday.
Fremantle fan Simon Fraser, of Shearwater, said being part of the 100,000-strong crowd at the MCG on Saturday was the best.
He was impressed by how many other Dockers fans also turned up.
``(My highlight was) seeing all the Fremantle fans that came from Perth,'' he said.
``Just the effort they put in to come over, and it was a really good atmosphere.''
His son, Josh, 8, was waiting at Launceston airport for the plane dressed in Hawthorn gear.
He said he did not mind Fremantle but the win by the Hawks was ``magic''.
For Hawks fan Richard Rawlings, of West Launceston, the day's highlight was ``the ending'' - when the siren sounded on a 77-62 Hawks win.
``I liked the whole day, 100,000 people and the roar of the crowd straight after the national anthem,'' he said.
``The noise, the volume, the intensity (of the game) - it got the hairs on the back of the neck up.''
His 14-year-old son Dominic agreed, saying the MCG atmosphere was great.
``And how Hawthorn controlled the game from the start to the finish,'' he said of his highlights.
``Our backline kept pushing all day.
``Freo did not stop but we held them off.''
Another trio of Hawks fans were also impressed by the size and enthusiasm of the crowd.
``It was magnificent - the crowd and how the boys played,'' Susan Moran, of Legana, said.
Her partner, Rob Artis, said seeing the game live was so much better than on TV.
``When you are there you can see what is unfolding,'' he said.
``On the TV you just see the actual play.
``It goes so quick. You are captured by the game - it's the adrenalin of the day.''
Their friend Matthew Cocker, of Trevallyn, said the Hawks adapted to what was needed.
``We played them at their own game . . . and we beat them,'' he said.
``The AFL does a fantastic job. At the end of the game the purple army was there watching the (victory) ceremony.
``It was all friendly banter.''