Melbourne win by 70 points
Goalkickers: Adem Yze 5, Cameron Bruce 4, Jeff Farmer 3, Brad Green 2, Travis Johnstone 2, David Neitz 2, Stephen Powell 2, Russell Robertson 2, Brent Grgic 1, Andrew Leoncelli 1, Guy Rigoni 1, Shane Woewodin 1
3 - Adem Yze
2 - Shane Woewodin
1 - Stephen Powell
Best and Fairest
36 - Adem Yze
30 - Daniel Ward
30 - Jeff White
23 - Stephen Powell
15 - Guy Rigoni
14 - Cameron Bruce
With a top four spot sewn up all the interest for Melbourne fans in Guy McKenna's last match was whether they could win and avoid a first up final against the rampant Bombers.
The Eagles had suffered a disappointing season but the scale of their surrender in Guy McKenna's last game was immense. A nine goal slaughter in the second quarter put the game away and meant fans started preparing for Carlton rather than the Bombers. The Eagles had booted for the first two goals of the game to give some indication that they might be ready to spring an upset, but with Ken Judge allowing his midfielders to go one-on-one with the Demons his side were outclassed easily. His side led by ten points, then conceded nine of the next 11 - including a stretch where they booted 10 straight - to blow the game away.
Shane Woewodin was inexplicably handed two Brownlow votes for his one goal, 17 possession game. The votes would break a tie with Scott West and win him the medal outright despite Yze, White, Powell and Rigoni being the standout Demons on the day. White had 47 hitouts, including 32 in the middle that helped Powell to rack up eight centre clearances.
The score is the 12th highest any Melbourne team has ever kicked in VFL/AFL competition.
"No-fuss Demons crush emotion" - Herald Sun 07/08/2000