Round 12, 1989
Melbourne vs Geelong
Saturday 17 June
Geelong win by 69 points
Goalkickers: Greg Healy 1, Steven Stretch 1
In horrendous conditions at the MCG, Melbourne's stars fell apart as Geelong handed the wet better to register a a big victory against a fellow finals contender. The condition of the ground was so poor that during the week the Reserves game had been moved to the Junction Oval.
The Demons were thrashed everywhere. They conceded a big score for a wet day, their forwards managed just two goals and the lauded ruck combination of Jim Stynes and Steve O'Dwyer were slaughtered. Twice in the third quarter Stynes received a free kick in defence and kicked it straight to the opposition. After the second time he was dragged.
Melbourne had beaten premiers Hawthorn in similar circumstances a week earlier, but were comprehensively thrashed. After they'd stayed with striking range at half time, six goals to nil in the third quarter for the Cats proved crucial.
Healy, Stretch and Johnson were Melbourne's best on a day they'd rather forget. Garry Lyon was struck in the face behind play by Geelong's Gary Ablett. He needed 12 stitches to three wounds on his mouth and chin. Ablett wasn't reported on the day but eventually admitted the charge and was suspended for three weeks.
It was the first time the Demons had been held to two goals since Round 15, 1978.
Reserves (Played at Junction Oval)
Geelong 14.9.93 d. Melbourne 9.11.65
Goals - Dean 2, Yeats 1, Kavanagh 1, Connolly 1, Bailey 1, Farrell 1, Flintoff 1, Ahern 1
Best - Yeats, Bourke, Rohde
Under 19s (Played at Junction Oval)
Richmond 5.12.42 defeated Melbourne 3.11.29
Goals - Lamb 2, Keipert 1
Best - Fedorik, Heaver, Putamorsi
Canberra Times - 17/06/1989
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Football Record R13 1989