Live coverage: 2013 AFL grand final, Hawthorn v Fremantle
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AFL Grand Final 2013 Hawthorn v Fremantle
Hawthorn won the AFL Grand Final at the MCG in front of 100,000 fans over Fremantle by 15 points. Photo: Pat Scala
Jack Gunston celebrates kicking the first goal of the 2013 grand final. Photo: Getty Images
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The AFL has refused to pay the additional cost of a chartered flight that brought the Fremantle players and support staff to Melbourne.
It was so different then. There was no interchange, just one field umpire, and the goal umpires, in their long white coats and improbable hats, looked like off-duty laboratory assistants. The players, like just about everyone else involved, were part-timers.
Former Essendon star Anthony Daniher criticised James Hird for 'having the head in the sand'.
Hawthorn is one club that knows how to turn grand final disappointment into glory the following year.
Fremantle's midfield can get on top with tall, hard-working midfielders Mundy, Fyfe and Barlow.
The AFL grand finalists may have the league's premier coaches. But for all their good work they have only one premiership between them.
Hawthorn won the AFL Grand Final at the MCG in front of 100,000 fans over Fremantle by 15 points.
Hawthorn won the contested possession. It won the clearances. It won the tackle count. Unlike last year, when it also dominated most of the key statistical indicators but couldn't convert that edge into something more meaningful, this time it hit the scoreboard as well.