Hawthorn win by 9 points
Melbourne had already assured themselves of a top four position courtesy of a three game gap and sizeable percentage advantage over third place, but they had not yet wrapped up the minor premiership and were shocked by Hawthorn, clinging on to hopes of sneaking into fourth place.
Hawthorn had a better record at the MCG than most teams, and they won the day with fierce play and superior pace. They jumped the Demons in the first quarter and held on despite kicking just two points in the final term. Melbourne got no closer than nine points. It might have been different if they hadn't hit the post three times, but they were the second best side all day.
Much of Hawthorn's advantage came from their rovers sharking the many taps won by Demon ruckmen Bob Johnson and Terry Gleeson. Positional changes in the last quarter which put Laurie Mithen and John Lord onto the ball contributed to the belated comeback.
Despite the loss Essendon's defeat on the same day meant that the game between the two sides the last round would be almost meaningless because the Demons had a two game break, a significantly higher percentage and a winnable game against Richmond in Round 17.
Tassie Johnson, Mithen and Beckwith were best.
Bob Johnson was suspended for two matches after being reported for obscene language towards umpire Nunn in the fourth quarter. He denied using an "obscene expression", but the tribunal held that he not only did that but aggravated the offence by calling the umpire a "foul name".
Hawthorn 10.12 d. Melbourne 7.11
Goals - Crompton 3, Milner 2, Turner 1, Rowarth 1
Best - Strachov, Crompton, Leslie
Melbourne 13.5 d. Hawthorn 5.12
Goals - Groom 5, Anderson 3, Leahy 2, Edwards 1, Ingwersen 1, Petty 1
Best - Leahy, Weidlich, Predl