Melbourne win by 1 point
The Hawks had four shots in the last eight minutes to win the match but kicked three points and booted one out on the full. They had kicked eight straight goals to start the match but when it counted their inaccuracy came back to haunt them and put a gigantic dent in hopes of winning back-to-back premierships.
One of the most pleasing sights for Demon fans, and coach Ian Ridley was the strong performance of John Tilbrook. "Diamond Jim" had been booed by sections of his own supporters a few weeks before, but in the words of his coach he "looked like a league footballer for the first time since he's been in Victoria". He kicked the second last goal before laying the winner on for Greg Parke.
Best were Bourke, Biffin and McKenzie. Callery (concussion) was replaced by McSpeerin in the first quarter. Williamson was an unused reserve.
Hawthorn 17.17 d. Melbourne 12.11
Goals - Harrold 4, Payne 2, Davis 1, Dillon 1, Giampaolo 1, McDonald 1, D. Reid 1, Taylor 1
Best - Queay, Clark, Harrold
Melbourne 14.17 d. Hawthorn 12.11
Goals - G. Macdonald 3, R. Macdonald 2, Pikington 2, Tesoriero 2, Giampaolo 1, Harrold 1, McMullin 1, Perrett 1, Williamson 1
Best - Manson, Giampaolo, Moore
One Point Games