Demons snatch late win in thriller
MELBOURNE have rallied for a crucial five-point win over Hawthorn that gives their beleaguered AFL season a pulse.
After looking in big trouble during the first term, the Demons made an impressive comeback to beat the Hawks 11.13 (79) to 11.8 (74) at the MCG yesterday.
It was the second win for last year’s preliminary finalists, who have looked badly out of sorts this season.
Hawthorn were pressing forward with seconds left when Chad Wingard fumbled a sharp chance at half-forward and Melbourne shut down the game to confirm the win.
The lead changed twice in the last quarter, with the Hawks kicking four goals to two.
But majors to youngster Jay Lockhart and James Harmes gave the Demons a matchwinning break.
Sam Frost’s defensive effort in the last couple of minutes, keeping the ball in front of him when a turnover would have been devastating, was another massive moment.
Harmes gave away two 50m penalties that resulted in Hawthorn goals, including one in the frenetic last quarter, but he was outstanding with his tagging role on Hawks midfield ace Jaeger O’Meara.
Jack Gunston and Luke Breust kicked three goals apiece for Hawthorn. DEMONS HAWKS
James Harmes celebrates kicking a goal as his under-fire Demons turned around a poor first quarter to claim a vital win over Hawthorn at the MCG yesterday