Melbourne win by 118 points
Statistical categories led:
Highest score in Elimination Final
After more than twenty years without a finals appearance, and the dramatic circumstances under which they qualified, the Demons might have been expected to be nervous going into an elimination final. After all they were without the suspended Steve O'Dwyer and Rod Grinter, while Garry Lyon had broken his leg the week before and Brian Wilson - the only player on the list with finals experience - was out with an ankle injury.
Even Robert Flower who had battled his entire career to play in the finals entered the match under an injury cloud. He was forced to hide it and go through a regime of painkillers during the week but Flower was sporting a broken little finger. He played and was first through the banner, then proceeded to dominate the forward line on the way to a near career best five goals.
35 seconds in Todd Viney snapped a miracle goal from the boundary to bring the huge crowd to their feet, and the Demons barely let up again. It was the first Demon finals goal since Neil Crompton had won the 1964 Grand Final, and while North held them for the first quarter, from there on in it was a procession.
Amazingly, every single one of the 20 Demons in the side that day were playing their first VFL final. You'd never have known watching them boot 19 goals to 2 after quarter time.
John Northey was reported to have said "Let's destroy" at three-quarter time, and his side duly deliverd - pushing the margin well over 100 points in a remarkable return to the finals.
Appropriately enough it was Flower who led from the front. Having gone seconds from seeing his finals dream unrealised, the Demon legend was taking centre stage on the biggest day for the club in 23 years. When he trotted off the ground in the last quarter, the job almost done, the ground went wild as he received a standing ovation.
The players, stunned and worn out, entered the changing rooms and it took a group of supporters to start singing It's A Grand Old Flag before everyone joined in a rousing rendition.
It remains the Demons' biggest win in a final and booked a Semi Final against Sydney, the side who had sacked Northey just two years before.
Best were Flower, Stynes and Yeats. Dean Chiron was reported for striking and suspended for one match.
The Age - 07/09/1987