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Grand Final 2013
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Grand Final

Sat Sept 28 2:30pm* MCG
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*Time shown is Perth time

Freo beaten in Grand Final

Saturday September 28, 2013

HAWTHORN has won its 11th premiership, defeating Fremantle by 15 points in Saturday's tough and scrappy Grand Final at the MCG.
 
On a cool, wet and windy afternoon, the Hawks started with the sort of manic intensity for which the Dockers are renowned, and they led by 23 points at half-time after restricting their opponents to just one goal.
 
Freo surged back into the contest in the third quarter, closing to within three points, but Hawthorn held firm, winning 11.11 (77) to 8.14 (62).
 
Fremantle will rue a horror day in front of the big sticks, wasting several easy chances throughout the game.
 
Hawthorn defender Brian Lake was best on ground after producing a masterful performance.
 
Forward Jack Gunston and backmen Luke Hodge and Grant Birchall were among the other heroes for the victors, who avenged their defeat at the hands of the Sydney Swans in last year's decider.
 
Gunston kicked three of Hawthorn's five goals in the first half and finished with four.
 
Lake did a superb job in restricting Freo skipper Matthew Pavlich to two third-quarter goals and one in the last.
 
In addition, Lake took a number of intercept marks, while Hodge and Birchall were rock solid across half-back.
 
Jordan Lewis had a huge second half in which he won a stack of the ball and curbed the influence of Fremantle midfielder Nat Fyfe.
 
Midfielders David Mundy and Fyfe, defender Michael Johnson and tagger Ryan Crowley flew the flag for Fremantle, which was competing in its first Grand Final since joining the AFL in 1995.
 
As expected, Crowley picked up Sam Mitchell, and he managed to restrict the star Hawk to just six possessions in the first half and 12 for the game.
 
The victory secured Hawthorn its first premiership since 2008, and the team that beat the Dockers included nine members of the '08 side – Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis, Mitchell, Brad Sewell, Birchall, Hodge, Brent Guerra, Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli.
 
Midfielder Shaun Burgoyne, who played in Port Adelaide's 2004 flag, has also become a two-time premiership player.
 
The win for sweet relief for Hawks boss Alastair Clarkson, whose coaching record at the club now reads: nine seasons, six finals series and two flags.
 
It was similarly sweet for Lake, a veteran of 218 games, who played in three losing preliminary finals during his long stint with the Western Bulldogs.
 
However, the result was another bitter pill for Fremantle coach Ross Lyon, who notched his third Grand Final defeat, having previously led St Kilda to a loss in the 2009 decider and a draw then a loss in 2010.
 
It was also another big blow for Freo defender Zac Dawson, who was at the Saints with Lyon during that period and was playing in his fourth Grand Final.
 
Similarly, Pavlich was hoping to win his first flag in his 291st game, but he will have to wait another year.
 
 

GOALS
Hawthorn: Gunston 4, Roughead 2, Franklin, Rioli, Smith, Breust, Hill
Fremantle: Pavlich 3, Walters 2, Mzungu, Mayne, Pearce
 
BEST 
Hawthorn: Lake, Gunston, Lewis, Rioli, Hodge, Birchall
Fremantle: Mundy, Fyfe, Crowley, Johnson, Barlow
 
INJURIES 
Hawthorn: Nil
Fremantle: Nil
 
SUBSTITUTES
Hawthorn: Jonathan Simpkin replaced Max Bailey at three-quarter-time
Fremantle: Lachie Neale replaced Zac Clarke in the fourth quarter
 
Reports: Nil
 
Umpires: Rosebury, Nicholls, Meredith
 
Official crowd: 100,007 at the MCG

 

Freo's Grand Final line-up

Thursday September 26, 2013

The Fremantle Dockers have selected the first ever team to represent it in an AFL Grand Final, and it’s the same 22 that got the club there by winning the prelim.
 
Ross Lyon and the selectors made no changes for the clash with Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday.

Alex Silvagni, Tom Sheridan and Kack Hannath were named as the emergencies and will all travel to Melbourne.
 
Freo general manager of football operations Chris Bond said it was pleasing to enter the Grand Final with a stable line-up, but he spared a thought for those who will miss out,including Garrick Ibbotson and Clancee Pearce, who sustained season-ending injuries close to the finals.
 
“Garrick and Clancee are both really important players to our team and they will be offering a great deal of support this weekend,” he said.
 
“We have been able to get some significant wins throughout the year without key players and that's our aim again this weekend.”
 
Bond labelled Freo’s Grand Final opponents as a great team, and one that would provide as big a challenge as the club had faced this season.
 
Hawk Jordan Lewis said earlier in the week that his side’s defensive pressure was similar to Fremantle’s, and Bond agreed with him.
 
“They’ve been the best team in the competition all year and that's only one aspect of their ability that they've got,” Bond said.
 
“They are very strong in all areas.”
 
One of those areas is the forward line - Hawthorn scored the most points in the competition this season.
 
Coleman Medallist Jarryd Roughead and Lance Franklin spearhead the Hawthorn attack.
 
They can expect to be matched up by Fremantle key defenders Luke McPharlinand Zac Dawson, but Bond said it would take a team effort to quell the gun Hawks.
 
“I think it’s a big test for all our key defenders and all our defensive players,” he said.
 
“They (Roughead and Franklin) are both outstanding players and, once again, it's another strength of theirs.”
 
Bond said Hawthorn’s midfield was also incredibly deep and talented, meaning aRyan Crowley-Sam Mitchell match-up was not set in stone.
 
“They’ve got some really exciting players all through there, players who have done the job before in the big games,” he said.
 
“There are going to be a number of players who he'll (Crowley) get the chance to go to.”
 
As for the message Fremantle’s coaching staff would be giving the players before they run out onto the hallowed turf on Saturday, Bond said it would be the same as it was in any round throughout the season.
 
“We prepare the same way and the guys really have the same messages throughout the year,” he said.
 
“Ross and the coaches have been able to work with the leadership group and the players to make sure that it's common messaging and common themes, so that wont change.
 
“It's obviously a huge game with a lot of external noise, and we respect that and appreciate that it's a grand final.”
 
Bond acknowledged the tremendous support the entire club had received during Grand Final week, and will get on Saturday, when thousands of Freo fans descend upon the ‘G’.
 
“It's fantastic,” he said.
 
“It's a grand final, so it's significant for everyone; players, coaches, staff, supporters, sponsors.
 
“It's a great day for the club and lets hope it's a good day.”

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Grand Final Team v Hawthorn
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Johnson McPharlin Sutcliffe
 C Mundy Barlow Hill
 HF de Boer Mayne D Pearce
 F Ballantyne Pavlich Walters
 R Sandilands Fyfe Crowley
 Interchange
Mzungu Clarke Suban Neale
 Emergencies
Silvagni Hannath Sheridan  

 

In: Nil

Out: Nil
 

 

 

 

 
                     
 
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The AFL Ladder after Round 23
    P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 22 19 3 0 135.72 76
2 Geelong 22 18 4 0 135.64 72
3 Fremantle 22 16 5 1 134.06 66
4 Sydney 22 15 6 1 132.47 62
5 Richmond 22 15 7 0 122.81 60
6 Collingwood 22 14 8 0 114.99 56
7 Port Adelaide 22 12 10 0 102.45 48
8 Carlton 22 11 11 0 106.68 44
9 Essendon* 22 14 8 0 107.25 56
10 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 119.53 40
11 Adelaide 22 10 12 0 108.12 40
12 Brisbane 22 10 12 0 89.65 40
13 West Coast 22 9 13 0 95.28 36
14 Gold Coast 22 8 14 0 91.73 32
15 Western Bulldogs 22 8 14 0 85.15 32
16 St Kilda 22 5 17 0 82.59 20
17 Melbourne 22 2 20 0 54.07 8
18 GWS 22 1 21 0 50.97 4
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