Melbourne win by 65 points
3 - Adem Yze
2 - Jeff Farmer
1 - Russell Robertson
Best and Fairest
30 - Jeff Farmer
28 - Russell Robertson
25.5 - Adem Yze
24.5 - Guy Rigoni
21 - Jeff White
Statistical categories led:
Highest score in Round 14
With their season on life support after the pounding they'd suffered at the hands of Carlton in Round 13, Melbourne entered their match against the old enemy knowing that a fourth straight loss could see them drop from the eight. The Pies, on the other hand, had suffered a remarkable turnaround and lost eight in a row after winning their first five.
Early on the game was tight, and Melbourne went to half time with a narrow lead. Russell Robertson had been one of the Demons best early on, running Scott Burns ragged on route to nine touches and two goals by quarter time.
There might have been some cause for concern considering their aggregrate second half losses of 143 points over the previous fortnight, but an amazing return to form by Jeff Farmer dragged them over the line and consigned the Magpies to their 9th straight defeat.
At the long break Farmer had barely had a touch, with just a single kick and handball to his name. After starting on the bench he was called back into action seven minutes into the term after Ben Beams suffered a broken arm. His first goal, ten minutes into the quarter, putting the Demons a game high 16 points in front. From there he kicked 9 goals straight in the second half before missing the easiest shot them all for his 10th.
Despite Farmer's heroics Adem Yze was the Dees best with 35 touches, numerous inside 50's and another one of his trademark goals off the ground. Farmer's second half earnt him plaudits, the luxury of most ignoring his rank first two terms, and he joined Yze and Robertson amongst the best players.
"Demons reap harvest as Magpies go hungry" - The Sunday Age 11/06/2000
"Wizard wises up after a lean spell" - The Sunday Age 11/06/2000