It’s the time of year when the underachievers rise up and in the case of the Melbourne Demons, it was the league leading Hawks that felt the wrath of a Demons side that has yet to hit .500 for the season and offers no guarantees that they will be able to do so with three games remaining in the 2016 AFL season.
The Hawks did not go down placidly, heading the Demons early in the final quarter, but the Melbourne side kicked five goals for which the Hawks had no response to take the match 110 – 81.
For Demons skipper Nathan Jones, it was the first time his side beat the Hawks in 13 attempts.
The loss did not affect the Hawks’ position atop the ladder, but the loss could prove costly from other perspectives, as Ben Stratton could not take the ground in the second half due to a bruised shoulder.
They also could face the prospect of being without the services of Cyril Rioli if a bump he laid on the Demon’s Clayton Oliver in the first quarter is suspension-worthy. Rioli kicked four goals in the losing effort.
The Demons ended a scoring drought by kicking 100 points for the first time since the bye week.