Hawthorn win by 6 points
Going into a match against a the bottom side having won four in a row, kicking more than a hundred points in each match, Melbourne still had to contend with their abysmal record at Glenferrie Oval - and the curse of the tiny ground next to the railway line got them again as the Mayblooms recorded a shock victory.
In a poor, scrambling game Melbourne took Hawthorn lightly and by the time they realised they had a decent fight on their hands it was too late. After conceding the first goal, the visitors got the next two. When Hawthorn levelled the tally, Norm Smith kicked a goal to put his side ahead at the first break.
The Demons got the first goal of the second quarter, but the home side's tactics of negating their opponent's aerial advantage proved correct in the wind on the smaller ground. Melbourne's players were unusually listless, and were eight points down by the last change.
Several spirited challenges in the last quarter were rebuffed by the home side's defence and they held on to a slender victory.
Lock was Melbourne's best, while Atkins - playing in what would be his last game - also won credit as did second gamer Shane McGrath. Baxter replaced Truscott (injured foot) at half time.
Their first score under a hundred points for the year ruined any chance of beating their record set the previous season when they racked up nine in a row. It also saw them give up top spot to Richmond.
Melbourne 24.8 d. Hawthorn 7.12
Goals - Dowsing 8, Fanning 7, Unknown 9
Sporting Globe gives the crowd as 7000.