Melbourne win by 10 points
Best and Fairest
34 - Jeff White
31 - James McDonald
30 - Adem Yze
25 - Travis Johnstone
19 - David Schwarz
5 - Shane Woewodin
Last MFC Game
The Demons racked up their third consecutive win to positively end a season which had been such a disappointment. With both teams well and truly out of the finals race they threw defence out the window and engaged in a 40 goal shootout instead.
Eight minutes into the last quarter Melbourne were seven goals in front before hanging on grimly in the face of a blistering comeback. The Demons held on for their first win over the Bulldogs since Round 14, 1996.
White, Johnstone - playing his finest game for the year - and McDonald were the best for Melbourne in their last hit-out for the year. Much like the crash from 1998 to 1999, 2000 to 2001 had promised a lot but delivered very little. At least three straight wins to end the year was something to build on. Simon Godfrey tagged the dangerous Nathan Brown out of the game, restricting him to three touches.
Alistair Nicholson suffered an ankle injury, and Steven Febey hurt him hamstring in what ended up being his final game. David Neitz and Craig Ellis were reported for wrestling each other, but by the start of the next season they would be teammates. Neitz was fined $5000 on one charge, had another withdrawn and was found not guilty of striking.
"Demons end on a high" - The Age 03/09/2001
"Top Dog meets his match" - Herald Sun 03/09/2001