Sydney win by 8 points
3 - Robert Pyman
First game and first goal
Coming off a thrashing the previous week, the Demons looked set for more of the same when they were 41 points behind during the second quarter. They then launched a fightback which saw them cut the margin to four goals at half time, and one point at the last change.
The fightback started when Shaun Smith was carried off during the second quarter, and was led by Garry Lyon who was the driving force behind five straight goals which helped Melbourne take the lead early in the last quarter before Sydney recovered to fall over the line against a Demon side who ended the game with no fit players left on the bench.
Stephen Tingay was replaced in the selected side by Adem Yze after suffering a rib injury, while Shaun Smith (knee and concussion), Nick Pesch (thigh) and Andrew Leoncelli were injured during the match. Former Demon Kevin Dyson was a late withdrawal to face his old side due to a work commitment.
Newton's goal came with his first kick in league football.
Best were G. Lovett, Stynes and B. Lovett. Jeff Farmer was suspended for two weeks for striking.
Sydney 12.16.88 d. Melbourne 13.5.83
Goals - Nicholson 4, Bradly 3, Robertson 2, Irving 1, Kowal 1, Cockatoo-Collins 1, Gardiner 1, Physick 1
Best - Irving, Bassett, Nicholson
The Age reports Dyson as having missed the game due to flu
Age - 11/04/1997
Football Record R4 1997