Hawthorn couldn’t repeat the bright start to their hub life in Perth, with Alastair Clarkson’s side a shadow of the team that dominated Carlton at the same venue in round nine.
Apart from Tom Mitchell (32 disposals), the Hawks struggled to get clean hands on the ball, with Luke Breust (two goals) and James Sicily the only others to have any major influence.
Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir’s decision to push Nat Fyfe forward in the first term paid early dividends, the captain critical to his side’s first win over Hawthorn since round 21, 2014.
Luke Ryan was crucial again in defence, with ample help from the experienced Nathan Wilson, while Brennan Cox had 16 touches, importantly at 100 per cent efficiency.
Both clubs relished the drier conditions under foot, the Dockers creating paddock-like space for their tall attackers, while small forward Lachie Schultz led Fremantle’s forward pressure.
Hawthorn showed some fight in the final quarter to keep Fremantle goalless but their rollercoaster season leaves them – like the Dockers – with a 4-6 record but a top eight berth still in sight.
FREMANTLE: 3.1 4.4 7.4 7.6 (48)
HAWTHORN: 1.1 2.4 2.6 4.8 (32)
Fremantle: Taberner 2, Fyfe, Darcy, Colyer, Schulz, Bewley.
Hawthorn: Breust 2, Gunston, Sicily
Fremantle: Brayshaw, Cerra, Fyfe, Mundy, Wilson.
Hawthorn: Mitchell, Breust, Sicily, Worpel.
Fremantle: Colyer (hamstring).
Hawthorn: Smith (shoulder).
Margetts, Johanson, Mollison.
18,512 at Optus Stadium.
David writes about sports and lifestyle for WAtoday.