Hawthorn win by 7 points
2 - Adem Yze
Brad Miller (16th game)
Hawthorn's September hopes still teetered on the edge going into the Saturday afternoon match at the MCG. At half time it looked like the Demons were going to run away with the game, having booted four goals in the last five minutes of the second term to take a 24 point lead into the long break.
Melbourne lost David Neitz with concussion early in the game.
Ten points in front at the final change, Cameron Bruce booted for the first goal. Nathan Brown added another and when Bruce kicked his third Melbourne were out to a 28 point lead in the first five minutes of the last quarter.
For the second week the Demons had lost a thriller, but this time they had blown a lead rather than fallen short of a comeback.
Best were Ward, Walsh and Bruce.
Age - 20/07/2003