Melbourne win by 48 points
The Demons stamped their authority as shock premiership contenders with a slashing victory over the reigning champions on a sunny day at the MCG. Six goals to two in the opening quarter gave them a match winning advantage, and Jeff Farmer made a mockery of the Crows and his wildcard opponent Andrew McLeod by kicking three goals in the first quarter.
The Crows put the brakes on in the second quarter but couldn't make any impression themselves, bringing the margin back to 22 points at their best. The dangerous Tony Modra was being well looked after by Jamie Shanahan, and nobody that Malcolm Blight threw forward could break through the tough Demon defence.
The forwards - Neitz, Schwarz, Lyon and Farmer - were at their dominant best and the Crows had no answers. Neitz and Farmer had booted five each against Richmond in Round 22 and they went one better. Jeff White was also amongst the best, as he smashed Shaun Rehn. Anthony Ingerson was also dominant in defence.
Midway through the third quarter the margin was out to 51 points and Demons fans were in disbelief at the way their side - wooden spooners less than a year earlier - was playing.
Melbourne's record improved to 6-0 when Neitz, Schwarz and Lyon all played.
Daniher said "It was a terrific day for the Melbourne Football Club against a quality team, last year's premiers, who were coming into some form. We have a fairly potent forward line and if we get it up there, our opponent might hold one or two of them, but can they hold four?"
Best were White, Farmer and Neitz.