Melbourne win by 29 points
The 1986 Grand Finallists, though, were a different proposition and the Hawks started warm favourites. Melbourne though played like men possessed and their physicality shell shocked the Hawks early. Each Demon had been given a job to chase a particular opponent, inspired by research into Hawthorn's 1986 losses by John Northey which showed they were vulnerable if their running game failed.
Alan Johnson, Robert Flower and Warren Dean were amongst Melbourne's best early as they opened up a seven point lead at quarter time. Dermott Brereton, sporting a pair of bright green boots for St. Patrick's Day, suffered a heavy bump early and was beaten comfortably by Earl Spalding from then on.
John Northey was a happy man in the changerooms after the match, saying "It's great for football. It lets the supporters know that maybe Melbourne are a chance".
Best were Dean, Johnson and Todd Viney.
The win moved Melbourne in a semi final against Geelong.
Flower (c), Lyon, Moore, B. Lovett, O'Dwyer, Giles, Wilson, Turner, Campbell, Yeats, Johnson, Koop, Spalding, Hughes, Viney, Williams, Battiston, Newport, Healy, Stretch, Payne, Connolly, Cordner, Rugolo, Dean, Bailey, Eishold