Melbourne win by 15 points
With the last match between the two being the slaughter of the 1988 Grand Final Melbourne were desperate to go some way to atoning for that performance on a Princes Park mudheap against an injury and suspension depleted Hawthorn side. In terrible conditions the two sides played a match of a terrible standard where players would struggle to kick more than a few metres and would rarely find a teammate when they did.
Steven Stretch, especially, was desperate to make amends. He had famously been worried into fumbling a ball out of bounds by the sheer presence of Robert DiPierdomenico during the Grand Final. On this Saturday, with the game well and truly in the balance early in the last term, it was Stretch who took the ball out of bounds again - this time however he had heroically fought to win it before being bumped out of bounds.
In a game that never went more than a couple of goals either way it was a crucial moment. The Demons kicked the first goal of the last quarter and locked the game down. John Platten kicked the Hawks only point of the last term in the first ten minutes and the brakes were firmly applied.
Best were Newport, Eishold and Lyon.
Melbourne 9.13.67 d. Hawthorn 8.7.55
Goals - Farrell 3, Morey 2, Wilson 1, M.Febey 1, Connolly 1, Rennie 1
Best - Turner, Rohde, Wilson
Geelong 24.7.151 d. Melbourne 8.11.59
Goals - Putamorsi 2, Morey 2, Grehan 1, Solyom 1, Sullivan 1, Keipert 1
Best - Morey, Keipert, Solyom