Round 21, 1977
Hawthorn vs Melbourne
Saturday 20 August
Venue: Princes Park
Hawthorn win by 11 points
Goalkickers: Michael Byrne 3, Des Campbell 2, Robert Flower 2, Tom Flower 2, Gary Hardeman 2, Allan Davis 1, Graham Osborne 1, John Sparks 1
Last MFC Game
Michael Byrne (2nd game)
Minor premiership contenders Hawthorn faced a Demons side who had put in their best display of the season a week earlier and struggled to victory, with much of the credit for getting them over the line going to Leigh Matthews.
Matthews booted 7.4 from 34 possessions and was the only reason his side got over the line.
Melbourne were 33 points down five minutes into the last quarter until they kicked three goals in four minutes to tighten the margin. Hawthorn steadied and held on.
Bob Skilton said his side were better than their ladder position indicated and that the new coach would have plenty to work with in 1978.
Best were R. Flower, Grambeau and Denny
Hawthorn 15.9.99 d. Melbourne 11.18.84
Goals - Baldwin 4, Walters 3, Alves 1, Biffin 1, Fitzsimmons 1, Kelly 1
Best - Barkley, Cook
Hawthorn 21.9.135 d. Melbourne 15.7.97
Goals - Angelis 4, Zubin 3, Barnes 2, Caddaye 1, Keane 1, McKaige 1, McKenzie 1, Moncrieff 1, Mehrten 1
Best - Zubin, Thomson, Richards
The Age 22/08/1977
Football Record R22 1977