The most polished, uplifting part of this game happened before the first bounce.
For Melbourne, the season has been reduced to mitigation of its margins of defeats.
Round 8 votes for the Age Footballer of the Year.
Jack Gunston's return to form reinforces why Hawthorn's forward line is rated so highly.
St Kilda is heading for its worst season since finishing 15th in 2002.
Carlton faces crunch games against Essendon and Hawthorn before bye.
St Kilda was a champion six nights earlier but this time looked a chump.
Have we really sung Lions champion Simon Black's praises loudly enough?
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praises all 22 of his players after win over Geelong.
The Demons did part of what was asked of them - they tried. The next question, of turning effort into victory, remains some time away.
AFTER a cosy Melbourne weekend getaway? We have it here.