Hawthorn win by 19 points
Goalkickers: Andy Lovell 3, Garry Lyon 3, Darren Bennett 2, Greg Healy 2, Allen Jakovich 2, Matthew Febey 1, Glenn Lovett 1, Andrew Obst 1, Haydn Robins 1, David Schwarz 1, Steven Stretch 1, Todd Viney 1, Graeme Yeats 1
1 - Andy Lovell
Last game as coach
Haydn Robins (14th game)
Statistical categories led:
Biggest loss in Round 24
After a disappointing season where they missed the finals for the first time in five years the Demons put in a respectable performance against Hawthorn, entering their 11th straight finals series - equalling a record jointly held by the Demons and Carlton.
Melbourne trailed at quarter time, and reduced the gap to five near half time before Hawthorn ran away with a burst during the third quarter. They got to 40 points in front before Melbourne got a late goal, and in the last quarter the Demons got to within seven points 23 minutes into the final term.
During the curtain raiser Reserves match Dermott Brereton responded to a spectator's derogatory comments by walking up the man and taking his glasses off him before handing them back.
Best were Yeats, Lovell and J. Stynes.
Speaking about what would be his last game as Melbourne coach John Northey said: "It was a fitting match for a final, and the way our boys came back at the opposition was terrific. The pressure we put on them really made them work."
Melbourne 30.12.192 d. Hawthorn 17.12.114
Goals - Williams 8, Cuthbertson 7, Kowal 4, Neitz 3, Taylor 3, Beveridge 1, Eishold 1, Keogh 1, Hopgood 1, Nelson 1
Best - Doyle, Dyson, Williams
Highest losing scores