Hawthorn win by 1 point
1 - David Neitz
Last MFC Game
The so-called Merger Match was played against the backdrop of the two teams impending union. David Neitz kicked four goals in the first quarter to get his side off to a fast start, but a seven goal to two second quarter put the Hawks in front at the long break.
Jeff Farmer booted three goals in a five minute burst during the third term, and by the last change the gap was under a goal. In a tense, dramatic last quarter Jason Dunstall - who had already booted six in the second quarter - kicked his 10th goal, and his 100th for the season which prompted a crowd invasion that held the game up for six minutes. Dunstall had a night out against undersized defenders Luke Norman and Andrew Lamprill, who were forced to play on him due to the Demons' lack of tall defenders.
The Hawks needed to win to qualify for the finals and ensure that it wouldn't be their last match ever and they held on to win by the narrowest of margins.
Melbourne 18.11.119 d. Hawthorn 10.8.68
Goals - Bradly 3, Corrigan 3, Gehling 3, Molloy 3, Parker 2, Doyle 1, Grant 1, McDonald 1, Yze 1
Best - Corrigan, Bradly, Grant
100th goal against
Football Record 1996 finals
The Age 01/09/1996
"Best game I ever saw" - Herald Sun 21/04/2001