Hawthorn has kept its faint finals hopes alive with a routine 31-point win over Fremantle in Launceston.
A week on from amassing 2.19 (31) in the Western derby, Fremantle looked like dishing up something similar to a UTAS Stadium crowd of 13,006 as the Hawks kicked the game's first five goals.
It took a huge Nat Fyfe contested mark 17 minutes into the second term for the Dockers to register their first major, and the Brownlow Medallist followed it up with two more before half time.
The Dockers wrestled the deficit back to one point midway through the third term before the Hawks kicked away through two quickfire goals from emerging forward Mitch Lewis.
The margin hovered at the three-goal mark for much of the last before Chad Wingard slotted his second tough set shot, allowing the Hawks to run out 12.12 (84) to 8.5 (53) winners.
The match sealed Hawthorn's first successive wins of the season, and Fremantle's 10th unsuccessful meeting with the Hawks in Launceston.
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"The game was right in the balance halfway through the third quarter," Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said.
"We were able to break away with three quick goals and that was the margin from that point on.
"Freo are a good side they've been able to win on the road this year .... and even though their record isn't great down here, they're still capable of playing some pretty good footy."
Fremantle kicked five consecutive goals during a 30-minute patch during the second and third terms, but frustrated coach Ross Lyon with basic skill errors.
Lyon bemoaned his side's poor finishing in front of goal but refuted suggestions they were out of the finals race.
"We're really disappointed, we came down with a real purpose, I thought we were well in the game," he said.
"I thought we had real momentum in the third and we were getting on top, and then inexplicably some real basic fundamentals of not getting off the mark and kicking into the man on the mark or turning the ball over [cost us].
"They kicked three quick goals off some poor execution and it became 21 points quick."
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