Melbourne win by 26 points
Melbourne's loss to Essendon the previous Saturday had ruined their chances of playing in the finals unless they could kick a record score to bridge the percentage gap, but it was all academic as the Dons won anyway - and the defending premiers missed out on the top four.
With the use of a strong breeze Melbourne made the most of their chances in the first and third quarters, while Hawthorn hurt their chances by kicking 1.6 in the second term. Six goals to one opened a 33 point lead at quarter time, and they outscored their opposition two goals to one before half time.
Hawthorn changed tactics for the third quarter and kicked low to avoid Melbourne's high marking players. This helped them to be competitive but they lacked a forward to convert chances and conceded three goals to two. The game was well won in the last quarter, and with the end of the season rapidly approaching the Demons let Hawthorn cut the margin with six goals, but kicked the last two to win comfortably.
Best were Collins, McGrath and McKenzie. Reserve players Lock and Carlon replaced Toyne (ruised ribs) in the third quarter, and Rodda (bruised thigh) in the last quarter respectively. McKenzie also injured his ankle, leaving his team to finish the game with 17 men.
Melbourne 19.15.129 d. Hawthorn 9.8.62
Goals - Arnold 8, Unknown 11
Herald gives the crowd as 6000.