Melbourne win by 4 points
Having beaten the Hawks comprehensively for three quarters, Melbourne nearly lost the match with just seconds to play.
Melbourne were the better side on the day, but it counted for little as they periodically let the Hawks back into the game. Hawthorn had a purple patch in the middle of the second quarter before tiring at the end of the half and allowing Melbourne a 20 point break.
In greasy conditions they extended their lead by a goal in the third quarter. Only the Hawks defence was stopping the game being over.
Then in the final quarter the first game Coverdale kicked two for Hawthorn to spark the match into life. Hawthorn started to attack in waves but their kicking for goal for wayward. Peck kicked two to make the margin less than a goal.
It was then that Hawk reserve Rod Olsson had the chance to punish the Demons for failing to put the game away, but when he took a mark within range in the last quarter he booted a point and Melbourne held on for victory.
Best were Barassi, Lord and Adams.
Hawthorn 13.9 d. Melbourne 5.13
Goals - Thiessen 2, Jacobs 1, Jenkinson 1, Matthews 1
Best - Anderson, Hill, Nilssen
Melbourne 11.12 d. Hawthorn 9.15
Goals - Schultz 4, Mitchell 2, Harrison 2, Warren 1, Brewster 1, Dale 1
Best - Millard, Harrison, Stone