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'It's really hard to take': Tears flow but Pav yet to decide on retirement

Are these the tears of a retiring Docker? Luke McPharlin lets his emotions flow after the match

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FREMANTLE champion Matthew Pavlich says he is yet to decide whether he has played his final AFL game.

Pavlich and fellow veteran Luke McPharlin were both visibly emotional as the Dockers' 2015 flag hopes ended in Friday night's preliminary final loss to Hawthorn at Domain Stadium.

Pavlich, 33, was in tears in the rooms after the game.

He then walked out onto the ground with his family for group photos just minutes before the lights were turned off at Domain Stadium.

"I don't know what the plan is for next year, so it was just a good opportunity to get out there and soak it up," he told the club's website.

Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge walked over while Pavlich was with his family to shake his hand.

Hawk coach Alastair Clarkson offers Pavlich a handshake after Friday night's match. Picture: AFL Media

"It's extremely raw right now and really hard to take," Pavlich said. He kicked one superb goal in the defeat but spent much of the second half on the bench. 

 

McPharlin did not play against the Hawks because of a calf injury but he was also very emotional following the match.

Both men are out of contract and have not signed on to play in 2016.

Pavlich played 22 of the Dockers' 24 matches this season, missing one due an Achilles problem and the other because he was rested.

He was limping significantly after the game and has had to be managed carefully week-to-week throughout the season.

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"The great thing about this team is we've got so many guys under the age of 25," Pavlich said.

"The future's extremely bright for this footy club and it's just an absolute privilege to represent this group and this club. I love it."

McPharlin, also 33, played 18 of the first 22 rounds, the most games he has played in a home and away season since his All Australian year in 2012. But he was rested in round 23 and missed both finals due to a calf injury.

He has played just three out of the Dockers' nine finals under Lyon and was sorely missed in defence on Friday night.