Hawks do just enough to keep their winning form alive ahead of the AFL finals.
Hawthorn remain in the hunt to win the AFL minor premiership after they hung on to claim a hard-fought 14-point win over the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
In what was an at time bruising and brutal affair the Hawks climbed off the canvas several times to get back into a match that look destined to go the way of the Roos.
After leading at the end of the first term it took Hawthorn another 75 minutes for them to be back in front when Lance Franklin goaled in the 21st minute of the third term.
Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson will be hoping for a better performance when they face Sydney in the final round of the regular season next weekend.
North Melbourne will be looking to end their year on a high when they tackle the in-form Collingwood Magpies at the MCG.