Melbourne win by 4 points
Tony Anderson, Chris Fowler, Geoff Whitton and Ted Lees were injured during training throughout the week. Anderson and Fowler hurt their ankles, Whitton his hamstring and Lees a knee. John Townsend, Stan Alves, Brian Dixon, Ross Dillon, Don Williams and Kelvin Clarke were already under an injury cloud and with the Demons having already lost two games in a row they were in danger of losing touch with the top four if they had another loss.
With seconds left in the game it looked like they were going to put in a brave, but ultimately futile performance. Best on Ground Ray Wilson had the ball in the Hawks backline with his side narrowly in front but he kicked out of bounds on the full, allowing Dixon - still playing despite his injury - to punt the ball forward where it bounced off the pack to the left boot of Barrie Vagg who kicked the winning goal. The final siren sounded as the ball was flying into the crowd.
It capped off a remarkable comeback where the Demons had kicked 5.2 to nothing in the last term. Four of the goals came in the last eight minutes of the match.
Tassie Johnson held Peter Hudson to three goals for the day and blanketed him in the last quarter when the game was on the line. In the third quarter Hudson was even seen performing a defensive spoil on Johnson.
Best were Johnson, Vagg and Parke. Clark (bruised thigh) was replaced by Rhoden in the third quarter. Stone (hamstring) was replaced by Hardeman at three quarter time. Alves sprained his back and Groom bruised his thigh.
Hawthorn 14.17 d. Melbourne 13.5
Goals - Fahey 6, Sampson 2, Dowsing 1, Watts 1, Catlin 1, Hodges 1, Langford 1
Best - Dowsing, Fahey, Campbell
Melbourne 8.11.59 d. Hawthorn 6.9.45
Goals - Mitchell 2, McLean 2, Colcott 1, Gough 1, Hill 1, O'Farrell 1
Best - Elliott, Mitchell, Gowdie