Hawthorn win by 24 points
1 - Steven Febey
Desperate to get back into winning form after two losses in a row Melbourne were dealt a blow at Thursday night training with injuries to Todd Viney (hamstring), Garry Lyon (groin) and Ricky Jackson (back). They joined Stephen Newport (knee) and Simon Eishold (ankle) as the week's training casualties.
Despite having 16 players, including up to eight automatic selections, injured the Demons had no excuse for the putrid first half performance which they served up against the Hawks.
Brian Wilson also helped spark the comeback, but when he was knocked out in a collision it seemed to put the brakes on the Demons.
Ten minutes into the last quarter they were within 10 points but when Jason Dunstall - who had been reasonably well held by Rod Grinter all day - broke free to kick his fifth and seal the deal. Grinter had forced Dunstall wide and up the ground all day but the Hawk spearhead found it easy to dish off to his teammates.
Their third loss in a row dropped the Demons to fourth. Three games inside the finals they were still nearly certain to play in September but once again a last season dip had cost them a double chance.
Hawthorn 10.13.73 d. Melbourne 5.11.41
Goals - Howat 2, Ford 1, Power 1, Putamorsi 1
Best - Lovell, Bailey, Ford
Melbourne 11.12.78 defeated Collingwood 10.7.67
Goals - Siderellis 3, Lamb 2, Keipert 2, Turner 2, Sullivan 1, Heaver 1
Best - Keipert, Keogh, Lamb