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With Melbourne and Parramatta both running second in their respective competitions it is interesting to recall that they both finished the season in second place in 1999 (I will have to check that!).
Interesting but not inspiring although their finals campaigns started well. In the major semi they each defeated the respective minor premiers (Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Broncos). Then it all went pear-shaped the following week when North Melbourne defeated the Demons at the MCG and the Canterbury Bulldogs beat the Eels in Sydney. Ultimately both minor premiers lifted the silverware, so Melbourne and Parramatta enjoyed the dubious pleasure of being the last teams to beat the premiers in that season.