Melbourne win by 27 points
Statistical categories led:
Highest score in Qualifying Final
Comfortably beaten by the Carlton in Round 12, it look as if more of the same was on the cards when the second placed Blues opened up a 13 point lead after eight minutes before Melbourne fought back, then went in front by 25 points during the second quarter. Knowing that a loss would automatically eliminate them under the new finals system it was then that Melbourne struck back with four quick goals to take a lead into quarter time. They even survived ex-Demon Earl Spalding running into an open goal - he missed. In the second quarter they repeated the trick, with four late goals cutting the deficit to two points.
The Demons only had five goalkickers, but between them they cut the Blues to ribbons. Andrew Obst and Brett Lovett combined to tag the dangerous Greg Williams out of the game, restricting him to 16 touches and one mark and David Schwarz booted four goals and helped set up others to help his side register what turned out to be a comfortable win. Five goals to two in the third quarter gave them the advantage and they held on the last term.
Keeping Greg Williams and Stephen Kernahan quiet also played a part in silencing the Blues. Andrew Obst and Glenn Lovett teamed up on Williams and restricted him to 16 touches, while Paul Prmyke took over Sean Wight on Kernahan in the second quarter and beat him.
The margin was exactly the same as it had been in Round 12, only the winning team was different and the Demons survived another week of the finals to earn a clash with Footscray.
Best were Schwarz, Lovell and Glenn Lovett. Darren Kowal bruised his arm.
"Demons in shock win over Carlton" - Canberra Times 12/09/1994
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