North Melbourne win by 34 points
First MFC Game
The Demons finals aspirations had taken a hit with their loss to Footscray a week earlier, and they travelled to Waverley knowing that a loss to Ron Barassi and the Roos would all but end their year with two months of the season to play.
Ex-Bomber Ray Smith had a quick introduction to his teammates before debuting. Smith had trained at Windy Hill two hours before being named in the Melbourne side. His clearance went through on Friday and by Saturday he was lining up alongside his new teammates at Waverley.
By 5pm it was North who had enhanced their finals prospects and almost ended those of their opponents. Wayne Schimmelbusch cut the Demons to ribbons on route to five goals, and after Sam Kekovich had been beaten comfortably by Gary Hardeman at centre half-forward in the first quarter he went to centre half-back and played an important role.
After a poor start to the season, North was winding up towards a run at the finals. In a poor quality game, played on a slippery surface with frequent showers they were barely challenged, 21 points ahead at quarter time before winning by 34. With nine games to play it left no room for error if Melbourne wanted to overcome a two win and percentage gap to the five.
Best were Hardeman, Alves and Fowler. Hurst was replaced by Tilbrook at three quarter time and Dullard (groin) by Molloy in the last quarter. Carroll had a lacerated knee.
Melbourne 13.4 d. North Melbourne 12.9
Goals - K. Smith 4, Norris 3, Walley 3, Woodman 1, Chamberlain 1, M. Alves 1
Best - Chamberlain, Murray, Graham
North Melbourne 14.14 d. Melbourne 9.20
Goals - Campbell 3, Withers 2, Davidson 2, Young 2
Best - Campbell, Davidson, Withers