Melbourne win by 77 points
The Demons entered a virtual elimination final against Hawthorn with their chances of playing finals hanging on by a thread, but after an even first term they ran away with an easy victory and took fourth place on the VFL ladder.
For neutrals it was an uninteresting game with much of the play on one wing due to a cross-wind, and with Hawthorn unable to break through Melbourne's defence. Down the other end they conceded their first score of over a hundred all season. The difference was aggressive pace and better teamwork from the home side.
Melbourne had to come from behind to take a slender lead into quarter time but from there they kicked 12 goals to two. Only resolute defence by Hawthorn stopped them from conceding an even larger score.
Best were Melville, McMahen and Marquis. Lane replaced the injured Spencer during the last quarter and Christie replaced McGivern also in the final term.
Melbourne 14.11 d. Hawthorn 10.10
Best - Ferguson, Case, Johnson
Melbourne 12.6 d. Hawthorn 2.6