Melbourne win by 32 points
Goalkickers: Gibb 4, Walsh 4, Adams 1, Smith 1, Niven 1, Spicer 1, Feltscheer 1
Melbourne captured their fourth straight Seconds flag in the VFL Grand Final curtain raiser, running away in the last quarter to win comfortably. They got off to a great start, with two early goals from Gibb before Geelong scored. They added another four behinds before their opponents kicked a behind of their own. Geelong's recovery began with the last goal of the term, counter-attacking after intercepting the ball in defence, leaving them just nine points down.
Geelong shot out of the gate in the second quarter, kicking two quick goals. Melbourne's retaliation initially only generated a behind, but they came out on top of a high scoring term by using the wings to score seven goals to five. The game turned again in the third quarter, with Geelong adopting direct tactics and launching a comeback that cut the margin to eight at the last change.
With the game on the line in the last quarter, Melbourne quickly killed the contest. Three consecutive goals at the start of the quarter gave them an insurmountable lead, and the clubs another lower grade premiership.
Best were Walsh, Smith and Adams
B: Spicer, W. Power, Harrison
HB: McNamara, J. Power, Kinnear
C: Davidson, Sambell, Sweeney
HF: Pemberton, Vanthoff, Smith
F: Walsh, Gibb, Niven
Foll: Adams, Deague, Feltscheer
Also in the squad but not picked - A. Oswald, F. Morgan, P. Cheffers, R. Wilson, A. Kendall, H. Tannner, J. Young, L. Loughran