Collingwood win by 42 points
With their hopes of playing in the finals already in tatters the Demons faced 2nd placed Collingwood knowing that not only did they have to win but they needed Geelong to lose and to seriously close the 17% gap between the sides if they were to have any chance of sneaking into the four in the last game of the year.
The problem was that the Pies had won ten in a row and were marching ruthlessly towards September. More importantly with memories of recent battles between the sides fresh in everybody's minds they were in no mood to do favours to their old enemies.
The Pies jumped to a handy three goal lead at quarter time and when they kicked the first of the second quarter the match looked beyond Melbourne. Only defenders Don Williams and Bob Miller kept the Demons in the match with their stirling stopping work.
Melbourne staged a revival and closed the gap to 17 points at the last change but with their season on the line Melbourne collapsed meekly in the last quarter and were beaten comfortably. The year from hell, relatively speaking anyway, had come to an end with one game to play.
In a speech to the Collingwood players and officials after the game President Donald Duffy joked that he hoped the Pies would leave a couple of their big men behind on their end of season tour to Fiji and Japan. His side had been slaughtered by Ray Gabelich and a lack of talls had been an issue all year.
Best were Williams, Townsend and Miller. Jacobs (ankle) was replaced by McLean in the last quarter.
Collingwood 12.14 d. Melbourne 3.5
Goals - Wynd 1, Vearing 1, Quirk 1
Best - Bromell, Vearing, Slade
Melbourne 11.12 d. Collingwood 8.13
Goals - Osborne 6, Marr 2, Collins 1, Escreet 1, Corrigan 1
Best - Osborne, Coutts, Stewart