Elimination Final 1989

Elimination Final, 1989
Melbourne vs Collingwood
Saturday, 9 September
Venue: Waverley
Attendance: 63,062

Match Statistics (external link)

Melbourne win by 23 points

Goalkickers: Darren Bennett 4, Brian Wilson 3, Tony Campbell 2, Greg Healy 2, Ricky Jackson 2, Stephen Newport 1, Earl Spalding 1, Todd Viney 1, Graeme Yeats 1


Having stumbled into the finals with five losses from their last six games most tipsters were picking the Demons to lose their third elimination final in three years against Collingwood. With Garry Lyon (thigh/groin) and Danny Hughes (strained groin) both missing it seemed even more likely that the Magpies would take the first step to winning their first flag in 31 years.

The Demons went in with David Flintoff, who injured strained his thigh at training, Garry Lyon and Danny Hughes. Collingwood sensationally dropped full-forward Brian Taylor despite the fact that he had kicked five goals the week before.

With the Pies on top in the second quarter, John Northey swung a change and replaced Steven O'Dwyer and Todd Viney with Ricky Jackson (pictured left celebrating a goal) and Graeme Yeats. The duo came off the bench and helped drag the Demons back into it. Jackson's pace burnt up the expansive Waverley surface and he helped himself to two goal after just two minutes on the ground.

The game was won in the third quarter. With Stynes taking control in the centre, and Jackson continuing to torch the Magpies, the Demons kicked five goals in five minutes as part of a nine goal to four avalanche.

Gavin Brown and Peter Daicos were shut down by Brett Lovett and Stephen Newport, and the mercurial Daicos spent much of the 3rd quarter on the bench.

An errant Shaun Wight pass which landed in the arms of Tony Shaw cut the lead to eleven points just before three quarter time but Brian Wilson's left foot snap at the 30 minute mark broke a run of three straight Pie goals.

Writing in The Age Gareth Andrews said ''"There is something special about this Melbourne side and they are starting to make a habit of winning finals matches. Tipping against them should not be taken lightly. In evaluating what further part they might play in the finals, careful attention must be paid to their fanatical desire to win. They won eight games in 1989 but less than two goals, and this can only happen with a team of character.

Steven Febey player of the day for his 27 possessions across half-back. Spalding and Wilson were also amongst the best. Luke Beveridge suffered a jarred knee.


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"Demons lose another key man" (external link) - The Age 07/09/1989
"September: Demons win, Magpies don't", "Demon 'Losers' do it again", "Bye bye Magpies" (external link) - The Age 10/09/89

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