West Coast win by 24 points
1 - Jim Stynes
After getting their ailing season back on track with a win over Sydney a week earlier the Demons welcomed the league's top club to the MCG with the hope of edging back towards the top six. They didn't, but at least they did better than the first meeting between the two clubs that year where they only managed two goals.
Spearhead Allen Jakovich had five goals at half time but Bennett, Cuthbertson and Spalding were all having nightmares in the same forward line - too much was left to the first year player and somehow managed to lead by a point at the long break despite taking just four marks in the entire second quarter. He got his sixth goal early in the third quarter but was then held goalless for the rest of the day.
The Demons led at three-quarter time after the lead changed six times during the term, and it looked like they would be only the second side to beat the Eagles all season but West Coast kicked four goals to two behinds in the last quarter to win comfortably. Neither side scored a goal for 11 minutes until a poor John Howat handball was intercepted and Peter Sumich kicked a goal to start the avalanche.
Chris Lewis was cited by the AFL for biting the hand of Todd Viney during the first quarter. The league initially stated they wouldn't take action unless Melbourne, or Viney, made a complaint. However after Channel 7 footage showed Viney complaining to the umpire about being bitten then launched an investigation and Lewis was suspended for three games.
Allen Jakovich and John Worsfold were also involved in a heated confrontation in the players race, despite the fact that Worsfold wasn't even playing. The Eagles player had reached across the race during the argument.
Best were J. Stynes, Jakovich and S. Febey.
The loss left Melbourne in ninth, two games outside the six but with a superior percentage to sixth placed North Melbourne who they were still to play.
Melbourne 20.10.130 d. Hawthorn 17.9.111
Goals - Beveridge 5, Jackson 4, Gorozides 3, Wearne 2, Wilkins 2, B. Stynes 2, Grinter 1, Sullivan 1
Best - Stroud, Beveridge, Grinter
Hawthorn 24.14.158 d. Melbourne 8.13.61
Goals - Pinches 3, Merritt 2, Aubrey 2, Nelson 1
Best - Goonewardene, Mackenzie, Nelson
"Eagles keep firm hold on top spot" - Canberra Times 07/07/1991
"Eagles wear down Demons" - The Age 07/07/1991