Melbourne win by 45 points
Playing for the chance to go straight through to their fifth straight Grand Final, the Demons outpaced Collingwood and survived their violent tactics to put a match winning lead on the board in the first quarter. Melbourne kicked four open goals in the first term, and won their fifth from a needless free kick.
After weeks of anti-umpire criticism in recent weeks, umpire Alan Nash was in the firing line with both sets of fans venting their displeasure at his selection to control the important match - and he was handed a potentially volatile clash as the Pies tried to 'go the knuckle' to put Melbourne off.
Despite settling down to normal football in the second term the Pies were well beaten all day, their woefully outmatched and top-heavy forward line managing a single goal in each quarter - all from speculative snaps out of the pack - and it was advantage Melbourne going into the Grand Final.
Collingwood were forced to face North Melbourne in a knockout preliminary final the next week.
Best were Fenton-Smith, McLean and Williams. Laidlaw was replaced by Crompton in the second quarter after suffering a pulled muscle, and Ridley by Carroll in the final quarter due to concussion.