Melbourne win by 17 points
A win over the Hawks vaulted the Demons into the top five for the first time all year, a result nobody could have seen coming when they started the year 0-3. Ron Barassi was up to his old mind-games before the bounce, having David Cordner named in the side and run out onto the ground before not playing. He had been under a fitness cloud all week and was probably never going to play anyway but the master coach used his young forward as a decoy to confuse the Hawks.
It took the Dees first win over Hawthorn since 1973 - and their sixth straight for 1984 - to climb into the five, but the match was marred by a incident where Stephen Smith was knocked out and had his nose broken by Hawk captain Leigh Matthews during the third quarter. Matthews said after the match he regretted what had happened and that it had been a "spur of the moment" thing, but with no umpires picking up the incident he got away with it scot free.
The match was still in the balance when Smith went down, but even without his hard tag on Matthews the Demons were still able to hold on to win. Hawthorn had spent the entire season crushing teams in 20 minutes bursts of glorious football, so when they turned for home narrowly behind a big win was still a possibility, but they were playing their fourth match in 12 days and the Demons were made of stern stuff. Melbourne held on to their lead to send the red and blue part of the crowd into a frenzy.
Best were Gerard Healy, Stephen Icke and Peter Giles. The most pleasing aspect for the coach was that his usual trio of superstars Flower, Moore and Wilson had been well held and the side had still won.
Melbourne 17.16.118 d. Hawthorn 11.11.77
Goals - Fisher 4, McCarty 3, Hutchison 3, Ward 2, Boland 1, Hughes 1, Howard 1, Kol 1, O'Donnell 1
Best - Fisher, Boland, Wright
Hawthorn 18.14.122 d. Melbourne 7.9.51
Goals - Payne 2, Cheung 2, Lane 1, Marra 1, Edwards 1
Best - King, Marra, Peter McCarty