Hawthorn win by 67 points
Last MFC Game
The chances of suffering another wooden spoon season had eased in recent weeks after the Saints failed to take advantage of their shock round 13 victory over the Demons. They were still on one win and despite being thumped from pillar to post by most of the competition Melbourne were still three wins and a handful of percentage points in front of them.
A trip to Waverley to play the top of the table Hawks wasn't going to help, but at least they could be almost sure that the Saints would be losing elsewhere as well. Despite Hawthorn's lofty position on the ladder a crowd of barely more than 10,000 turned up to watch them win with barely a whimper from the opposition.
Throwing two first games into the mix the Demons were four goals down at quarter time and the game was over. Under regular circumstances teams could easily recover such a deficit, but when it came to the second last side playing the top side it was nearly impossible. The inexperienced Demons, fielding nine players with under 20 games experience, kept the margin respectable but they were in a different class to the 1985 Grand Final losers.
Best were Lyon, Healy and Stretch.
Hawthorn 16.18.114 d. Melbourne 9.20.74
Goals - Battiston 2, Rugolo 2, Giles 1, Williams 1, Bourke 1, Fidge 1, Stoney 1
Best - Williams, White, Eishold
Hawthorn 11.10.76 d. Melbourne 8.9.57
Goals - Roe 4, Hewitson 1, Hannant 1, McCarty 1, Normington 1
Best - Hannant, Martello, Smith