Practice Match, 1982
Melbourne vs Hawthorn
Saturday March 6
Melbourne win by 51 points
Ron Barassi admitted his side was "staring down the barrel at half-time" when Hawthorn led by 14 points, before a devastating third term burst carried the Demons home. The second half featured a number of players from the Under 19 premiership side, and the new-look side kicked 8.1 to nothing in the first 19 minutes of the third term. Hawthorn also had a reduced team, with 20 players either injured or unavailable including Leigh Matthews.
Best were Wilson, Flower and Byrne. Gerard Healy injured his knee.
Battiston, Byrne, Cordner, Elshaug, Flower, Gaunt, Icke, Jackson, Johnson, O'Donnell, O'Sullivan, Wilson