Melbourne win by 9 points
2 - Adem Yze
After losing the last three Queen's Birthday clashes by an average of ten goals it looked like another dirty day for the Demons when they trailed by five goals deep into the third quarter.
They might have had an excuse to shut up shop after travelling to Brisbane and Perth in the previous two weeks, and having overcome the Dockers in shockingly wet conditions.
The Demons could very well have had a bigger lead at quarter time but were wasteful. The Pies then got their act together and took over.
Nathan Brown had inspired the team by reappearing in the second half after taking a heavy bump before half-time from Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley. The head-high impact left Brown with tooth fragments in his cheek; the incident leading to a heated half-time address from Neale Daniher.
Seven of the last eight goals of the game delivered victory. David Neitz moved himself to centre-half forward and helped spark the revival with a big bump on Scott Burns, who had already been tagged out of the game by Phil Read. Adem Yze - who had been in a back-pocket - went to full-forward to boot two crucial goals.
20 tackles to three in the last quarter also helped. The Demons' intensity simply the blew the Magpies away, and the brilliance of Yze helped undo them.
SMH - 15/06/04