Melbourne win by 20 points
A more efficient Demon attack got the club's second win for the year on the board and seemed to right the ship of last season's runners-up. After narrowly avoiding dropped to 0-2 in Round 2, the Demons were far better in dispatching the Cats.
The Demons had conceded four late goals in the first quarter to turn a two goal lead into a two goal deficit, but despite being behind, Melbourne were still the better side and by the long break they had wrested the lead away from a wasteful Geelong. The Demons defensive rebound saw them running out of danger in numbers, and they had 33 handballs in their defensive 50 opposed to 3 for Geelong. Brent Grgic and Anthony Ingerson had thirteen defensive rebounds between them.
The dangerous Ronnie Burns was held to three goals by Peter Walsh, but at the other end Burns' mate Jeff Farmer, returning after suspension, was well held by Brenton Sanderson despite managing to bob up for 1.5.
Just over two goals in front at the last break, the Demons outscored Geelong by a goal in the final term to win. Cameron Bruce kicked the sealer with an impressive finish from the boundary line.
Shane Woewodin bounced back to his Brownlow Medal winning best, and he was joined in the best players by Yze and Ward. Ward blanketed Peter Riccardi and picked up 23 touches of his own to play a key role in the victory. Jeff White suffered a wrenched knee. On the Geelong side Jason Snell suffered a horrific broken leg which ended his season - and which caused the third quarter to run for 37m 33s.
Neale Daniher said "In a way our credibility was probably a question mark - and that's fair enough - but I thought we won a bit of credibility today. We played pretty good footy in the second half."
David Schwarz had a controversial day, first criticising Cat skipper Ben Graham for his performance, then being alleged to have racially abused Cat Justin Murphy during the game by calling him a 'coconut'. The case was settled in mediation when Schwarz apologised.
Daniel Ward was reported for abusive language but the charge was withdrawn.
Age - 17/04/2001