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Grant Birchall – 7
Hayden Ballantyne went straight to him, and this was always going to make for a challenging night at the office. He finished with 22 disposals and nine marks.  

Luke Breust – 6
Breust was thrown into the fence by Sheridan late in the third term, but played on. A late first quarter goal helped put the Hawks in a commanding position early. He had 15 disposals.  

Shaun Burgoyne – 6
A couple of missed opportunities cost Burgoyne personally, but he played his role for the team with 20 touches, six of them contested. Was clearly tiring late in the game.

Taylor Duryea – 8
Having started on the pine, Duryea was forced back there early in the third quarter with aggravation to his already sore left shoulder. He returned and finished with 11 touches for the term, including an impressive contested mark against Matt Pavlich. His creative flare and presence took his contribution to close to a best-on-ground effort.

James Frawley – 7
Playing an important role in the Hawks defence, Frawley's first-half effort was crucial, stopping a potential Fremantle blitz. This continued in the second half as he held his ground. He had 18 disposals.

Josh Gibson – 7
Gave away a poor free kick early, allowing Chris Mayne to have a shot for goal. Luckily for Gibson and critically for the Hawks' momentum, Mayne missed. Gibson went on to gather 25 touches and finish a consistent contributor.

David Hale – 5
Hale crunched Ballantyne before the opening bounce, helping to set the tone for a fiery night. He was handed a gift of a goal after a free kick against Cameron Sutcliffe but finished the night on the pine, subbed out at the 17-minute mark of the final term.  

Billy Hartung – 4
The starting sub wasn't injected into the game until midway through the final term when he replaced David Hale. He had four kicks and one handball in his short time on the ground.

Bradley Hill – 7
Made use of his explosive pace before he began to tire late in the third quarter. He was everywhere though throughout the night, playing a key team role with 25 touches.

Luke Hodge – 8
When he hit the post at the six-minute mark of the opening term, fans must have feared this wasn't going to be Hodge's night. He was unlucky to be pinged for a deliberate out of bounds midway through the second quarter. His head hit the turn early in the fourth and he spent considerable time off the ground. He also received treatment to his leg. But the Dockers couldn't shut the Hawks skipper down. A hard-earned 25 disposals made for an effective night.

Brian Lake – 8
Looked rusty in the first five minutes, but once he warmed up Lake played a critical role down back, helping choke the Dockers forward line. With six contested possessions and 21 in total, he was dominant down back.

Jordan Lewis – 6
It was a four-quarter performance from Lewis, with his 20 disposals spread fairly evenly throughout the match. He did nothing wrong, but wasn't the star of the show.

Ben McEvoy – 7
Pulled out of a contest with Stephen Hill, allowing the Docker to kick a goal midway through second quarter, and was called straight to the bench. He regained some pride when he out-marked former teammate Zac Dawson in the third term and converted the goal. Important around the ground and took several vital relieving marks down back.

Sam Mitchell – 9
On the receiving end of boos from the crowd throughout the game, Mitchell didn't let it get to him, and didn't let the Dockers get near him. The clear best on ground, he had 35 touches including 13 uncontested possessions. With tagger Ryan Crowley watching from the stands, up to half a dozen Freo players spent time on the Hawks veteran, to little effect.

Paul Puopolo – 6
Puopolo's pace and finesse were on display throughout the night, including one passage of play in the second term where he took on three Freo players to set up a goal with a kick across to Rioli.

Cyril Rioli – 8
When Rioli is in the area you can't afford to make a mistake. It happened twice in the final term, and on both occasions he took full advantage.

His class was obvious throughout the game, delivering the ball inside 50 with ease, and kicking two goals of his own. He copped a knee to the ribs midway through the third quarter, and another heavy hit in the fourth, but stayed on the ground.

Jarryd Roughead – 8
After seven touches in first term, he emerged, living up to his name, with a bandaged head in the second quarter. He kicked a sensational goal from 45 meters out near the boundary to steady the ship just before half-time.  He finished the game with 22 touches and two goals.

Ryan Schoenmakers – 6
Kicked the Hawks' fifth goal of the first term and another in the second. He finished with 16 touches, but the question will be whether he's done enough to secure himself a Grand Final berth.

Liam Shiels – 7
With 12 disposals to half-time and 23 for the game, Shiels was a consistent contributor. Missed an opportunity to steady the ship seven minutes into the last term, when a high-pressure kick towards goal fell short.

Isaac Smith – 6
Smith hadn't had a touch up to 12-minute mark of first term. He finished the game with 24. He gave away a free kick, but then kicked a goal thanks to a soft free from off the ball contact. Docker Stephen Hill helped contain his influence.

Ben Stratton – 6
Almost non-competitive at times early, he gave away a silly free kick in the  second term. However, he redeemed himself in the third quarter, really taking it up to Ballantyne.  He was one of only three Hawks not to have double-figured possessions.

Matthew Suckling – 8
A high-pressure goal after the three quarter time siren elevated the importance of Suckling's contribution to the match, giving the Hawks a 17-point lead with a quarter to play. Add to that a skillful left-foot snap late in the first term, and he was there when it mattered. 

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