While the Hawks did apply good pressure and put the Dockers under the pump, much of Fremantle's problems in the first half came from perceived pressure of being in their first grand final leading to poor shots on goal, missing targets all over the ground, fumbling and dropping marks.
The majority of Hawthorn's team had played in last year's grand final loss to Sydney and a host of them in the 2008 win over Geelong so playing on the big stage with the premiership on the line was nothing new to them, and that showed with the Dockers overawed by the occasion early on.
Only two players, Zac Dawson at St Kilda and Danyle Pearce at Port Adelaide, played for Fremantle who had tasted an AFL grand final before and Hawthorn took full advantage of a disjointed Fremantle line-up particularly in the first half.
The Hawks kicked the only two goals of the first quarter and five of the six in the first half to lead by 23 points at half-time, and even though the Dockers lifted after the main break to get to within three points, Hawthorn steadied to kick the first three goals of the last quarter.
Fremantle did get the last two of the game to keep things interesting, but it wasn’t enough with Hawthorn winning the grand final 11.11 (77) to 8.14 (62).
Key defender Brian Lake was awarded the Norm Smith Medal after being judged best afield for his job in defence where he spent time on Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich, and it's a terrific reward for the 31-year-old who previously played 197 matches and in three losing preliminary finals for the Western Bulldogs.
Lake's biggest rival for the Norm Smith Medal was his teammate up the other end of the ground. With Jarryd Roughead and Lance Franklin relatively quiet, Jack Gunston was outstanding booting a game-high four goals for the Hawks.
All eyes at the opening bounce were on where the AFL's top tagger, and No. 1 villain, Ryan Crowley would go to and the Fremantle niggler went to former Hawthorn skipper Sam Mitchell as most expected.
Like Cameron Ling did in 2008, Crowley was able to shut down Mitchell and hold him to just 12 possessions but ultimately it was in a losing cause.
While Lake and Gunston were outstanding for Hawthorn at either end, Jordan Lewis was tremendous in the middle with 26 possessions and eight clearances while across half-back, Grant Birchall had 26 disposals and captain Luke Hodge 21.
David Mundy was Fremantle's best on the day in the midfield with 28 possessions, eight tackles and seven clearances while Nat Fyfe worked hard with 28 touches, six tackles and five clearances but his early missed shots on goal were crucial in the end.
Michael Barlow also finished with 23 touches, Stephen Hill 21, Tendai Mzungu 19 and Pavlich finished with three goals after a quiet first half.
Aaron Sandilands dominated the ruck as well for the Dockers with 13 touches and 44 hit outs.
Dawson had a mixed bag in his grand finals for St Kilda in 2009 and 2010, and he gave away a needless free-kick to Gunston early in this year's decider to allow the Hawks to boot the opening goal.
Fremantle was able to wrest some control after that opening goal, though, and Fyfe took two strong marks to earn shots on goal, but both ended up out of bounds on the full.
The Dockers then continued to miss opportunities with Nick Suban missing another gettable shot and Franklin made them pay up the other end. He missed his shot from outside 50, but Luke McPharlin was harshly penalised for going over the mark and that gifted the Hawks the second goal.
Hawthorn went into quarter-time still having kicked the game's only two goals and then opening up the second term with Gunston booting his second, and the Hawks' third with the Dockers still goalless and in growing trouble.
That trouble grew further when Lee Spurr was called for holding the ball directly in front of goal and Cyril Rioli goaled as a result and the Hawks were up by 24 points.
Fremantle's horror first half then continued when Hayden Ballantyne marked 40 metres out and had Michael Walters running into an open goal square only to ignore his fellow small forward and then miss his shot altogether.
The Dockers might have eventually got their opening goal midway through the second quarter through Mzungu, but the Hawks and Gunston responded immediately with his third major putting Hawthorn back out to a 23-point advantage.
Fremantle continued to miss chances and if anything summed up its first half it was two set shots to its captain Pavlich – the first a bad miss from directly in front and the second a mis-kick from just outside 50.
The Hawks led by 23 points at half-time with the Dockers having just one goal on the board but it was a different Fremantle team that came out after half-time.
It started with a goal to Pavlich and then after Hawthorn answered through Roughead, Pavlich added a second and Walters got one as well and then when Mayne drilled one from outside 50 suddenly the Hawks lead was only three points.
Hawthorn did a get a steadier when Roughead got a lucky free-kick against Dawson but the Dockers refused to go away with Walters again bringing the margin under a goal before Gunston's fourth just before three quarter-time saw the Hawks remain 10 points up at the last change.
A thumping goal from Isaac Smith and then a snap in close from Luke Breust to start the last quarter put Hawthorn back out to a 24-point advantage.
The grand final was then sealed when Brad Hill ran into an open goal and the lead was out to five goals and the Hawks were able to get the premiership they missed out on in 2012, and to have now won two flags in the last six years.
HAWTHORN 2.3 5.5 8.8 11.11 (77)
FREMANTLE 0.3 1.6 6.10 8.14 (62)
Goals: Hawthorn – Gunston 4; Roughead 2; Smith, Rioli, Franklin, Breust, Hill. Fremantle – Pavlich 3; Walters 2; Pearce, Mzungu, Mayne.
Best: Hawthorn – Lake, Gunston, Lewis, Birchall, Gibson, Hodge, Smith. Fremantle – Mundy, Crowley, Fyfe, Johnson, Sandilands, Barlow, Mzungu.
Umpires: Simon Meredith, Mathew Nicholls, Brett Rosebury.
Official Crowd: 100,007 at MCG.