Matthew Pavlich kicks Freo to an important victory thanks to his five goals.
Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich made a welcome return to form as the Dockers put a major dent in Hawthorn’s top-two hopes with a 19-point victory in Sunday’s grand final re-match at Subiaco Oval.
Pavlich booted five goals in the 17.8 (110) to 13.13 (91) win, with the result breaking Fremantle’s six-game losing streak against the Hawks.
Hawthorn started the round in top spot, but is now a game adrift of both Geelong and Sydney ahead of Saturday’s showdown against the Cats at the MCG.
Fremantle remains a win ahead of Port Adelaide in fourth as the jostling for positions heats up.
Pavlich entered the match having kicked just two goals in his previous three games.
But the 32-year-old veteran wound back the clock in style, taking a series of contested marks and booting some clever snaps to