Sydney win by 63 points
In the week where it was revealed Melbourne and Hawthorn were discussing a merger, the Demons travelled to Sydney and were well beaten in the second half. In a tricky crosswind that affected the game's fluency, Sydney had too many winners. Their first eight goals were kicked by eight different players.
Best were Ingerson, Irving and G. Lovett.
Sydney 22.20.152 d. Melbourne 3.4.22
Goals - Howman 2, Gehling 1
Best - Doyle, McDonald, Davidson
Sydney Morning Herald - 05/08/1996
Football Record R19 1996