Melbourne win by 6 points
3 - Travis Johnstone
1 - Adem Yze
Three straight losses had Melbourne's finals chances on a knife's edge, and they were not done any favours by the draw taking them to face West Coast in Perth where the Eagles hadn't lost all year.
The Eagles kicked their first goal 19 seconds into the match, and had jumped to a handy lead by the quarter time break. They were kicking to the scoring end though, as the Demons turned around and booted seven to one in the second quarter. West Coast got the first one of the term again, but from there it was one way traffic.
Once more all the scoring was done to the Subiaco end in the third term, as the Eagles booted five to two. The Demons though were coming home with the wind, and they delivered.
Held to one goal from six disposals in the first three quarters David Neitz booted three goals in the last term. He took a great one handed grab at the 20 minute mark to give his side an 11 point buffer, and added another four minutes later to make the match all but safe. The Eagles booted two late but Melbourne held on.
Best on ground was Travis Johnstone who played one of the best games of his young career, and kicked a brilliant goal in the last quarter when the game was well and truly in the balance. Wheatley and Brown were also amongst the best. Luke Williams was replaced in the selected side by Brad Miller.
Neale Daniher said "Tremendous spirit in the group and they were rewarded today, really happy the way they attacked the game in the second quarter" as his side were lifted back into the top eight.