Hawthorn win by 49 points
1 - Adem Yze
With Melbourne having lost a Wizard Cup semi-final by a point, and the Hawks winless over the pre-season Melbourne went in slight favourites.
Hawthorn could have put the Demons away in the second quarter but kicked inaccurately. Brad Miller became the focal point up front with his captain up the ground, and when Paul Wheatley goalled ten minutes into the third term the margin was cut to 14 points. Simon Godfrey could have made the gap even less after marking 30m out, but attempted to play on and lost the ball. From there Hawthorn went on to win comfortably.
"Hawks thrash Demons" - The Age 27/03/2004