Melbourne win by 22 points
First game and First goal
Garry Lyon returned after two months on the sideline with a broken thumb, during which he had travelled to Nauru as an AFL ambassador, and he helped lift them to a much needed victory. Coming off the bye, and before that a 107 point loss to Footscray, Lyon helped drag his side out of deep trouble in the final term to rescue victory. John Northey had given his side a rest during their bye the week before, and they were fresher in coming back from five goals down.
With the Lions well on top in the last quarter the game turned after Lyon was awarded a free kick, then a 50 metre penalty when Paul Roos failed to return the ball to him correctly. He calmly slotted the kick, and even though Lyon admitted the Fitzroy champion had made an honest mistake and botched his handball. From there Melbourne's comeback was on and they got the points.
Best were Viney, Lyon and Lovell.
Lion Richard Osborne became the first player to fall victim to a league crackdown on wrestling. The actual offence of wrestling was not introduced until the next year (snagging Demon Allen Jakovich as its first offender) but Osborne was booked for misconduct in that he grappled with Haydn Robins before the bounce.
Fitzroy 19.12.126 d. Melbourne 14.18.102
Goals - Howat 3, Bergman 3, Neitz 2, Doyle 1, Kowal 1, Williams 1, Smart 1, Nelson 1, Hayden 1
Best - Not available