The Hawks pulled off the surprise grand final win by upsetting a wasteful Geelong in the 2008 grand final and with stars like Lance Franklin, Jarryd Roughead, Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell and Cyril Rioli still young enough and not even in their prime in some cases, more success seemed inevitable.
However, Hawthorn failed to make it back to another grand final until 2012 when the Hawks lost a thriller to Sydney and that meant that this year's chance against Fremantle was a premiership needed to avoid Hawthorn being considered the great underachievers of the last six years.
The Hawks took their chances in the grand final and the Dockers didn’t, and the result was Hawthorn winning by 15 points for a second flag in six years, and 11th overall in the VFL/AFL and coach Alastair Clarkson feels every single person at the club deserves to be acknowledged for the success.
"We've had to work really hard as a footy club. We won a flag in 2008 which probably the whole footy world and our footy club thought was a little bit quicker than we thought we were going to win in," Clarkson said.
"We were obviously delighted to win it, but it has taken a lot of hard work to win this second one. We have changed a lot of things at our footy club and it's really rewarding for our club, our board, administration, coaches and our players to sit here saluting once again.
"It shows that we are a really strong footy club. Our Box Hill side won last week too and I'm really pleased that right throughout the club we've had a really good year."
Perhaps the biggest factor in Hawthorn being able to win the 2013 flag was the smart recruiting of players over the past five years from rival clubs.
First came Port Adelaide premiership player Shaun Burgoyne and North Melbourne defender Josh Gibson in 2010 before David Hale came from the Kangaroos in 2011, Jack Gunston from Adelaide in 2012 and then Brian Lake crossing from the Western Bulldogs this year.
The five were all crucial in Hawthorn's grand final win with Gunston (four goals) and Lake (22 possessions, 10 marks) the two best players on the ground with Lake claiming the Norm Smith Medal.
Burgoyne was the most instrumental player in Hawthorn's come from behind preliminary final win over Geelong with Gibson has been a pivotal member of the defence and Hale crucial as a tall forward to help out Franklin and Roughead, and by also helping out in the ruck.
"There are some really good stories and we have a really good list manager in Graham Wright and Chris Fagan with Mark Evans prior to Chris in the football manager role. They are really good people and so is Andrew Russell our head of fitness, and they all contributed significantly to making assessments on the type of players we need," he said.
"We've had to turn over our list since 2008 and do it with a different group of players even though there were eight or nine who played today from that flag. That is still a fair change since that time and part of that was to go and recruit players from other clubs who we identified as being needs for us.
"Lakey was one of them, Shaun Burgoyne was one of them, David Hale was another, Jack Gunston was another and Gibbo was another obviously from the Kangas. They have been all first class for us but everyone comes into your footy club in a different type of way whether it's by the draft, via the rookie draft or some we have traded for.
"It's all about trying to get the chemistry right to put together a side that we think can win on the last day in September. It says a lot about the way we go about it that we won two flags in the one year, it's a pretty special effort."
Hawthorn's premiership captain from 2008 Mitchell might have only picked up 12 possessions in the grand final after being heavily tagged by the AFL's No. 1 villain Ryan Crowley, but Clarkson felt he played a crucial role for the team still.
"Ryan does a great job negating pretty important players in the opposition side, but Sam's role was multi-functional for us. He had to do some work in the middle of the ground and we moved him to half-back at different stages as well," he said.
"Despite the fact that Mitch had a hard run-with, it does give the opportunity to manipulate an opposition in terms of your structures and where you run and stand.
"Despite Sam not having a prolific day in terms of touches, the importance of him playing his role for our side is certainly not underestimated by us. He had to sacrifice an enormous part of his game and we love the sacrifice he made for the footy club, and ultimately that's why he is a dual premiership player now."
While Hawthorn was in control of the grand final with a 23-point lead at half-time with Fremantle wasteful in front of goal and kicking just the one goal in the entire first half, but Clarkson knew that the Dockers would always make a run at some point.
That came early in the third term as Hawthorn's lead became just three points, but the Hawks did well to steady and he was always confident that would happen.
"They are just a really good football side and you are never going to get the game on your terms for the whole four quarters when you are playing against quality opposition," Clarkson said.
"We found that last week with Geelong, we found it in the qualifying final against Sydney in the first half when it was a real arm-wrestle and when you play quality sides you can't have it on your terms all the time.
"Fremantle are a great side and are very well coached, and we knew they were going to come at some point in time and Mundy and Fyfe were really strong in that third quarter but we kicked important goals at important moments that kept them at bay. I'm just really pleased that we were able to hold them off in that last part of the game."