Footscray win by 23 points
2 - Jeff Hilton
The Demons horror start to the year continued as they dropped to 0-4 with a loss at their adopted home ground for the day. Footscray jumped them and were up to 40 points in front in the third quarter before a belated comeback cut the margin to just over four goals.
Melbourne were only kept off the bottom by having a far superior percentage in their four losses to St Kilda and Fitzroy. Neale Balme said: "We simply weren't able to kick it where we wanted to kick it or handball it where we wanted to handball it".
Best were Neitz, Smith and Lyon
Footscray 20.12.132 d. Melbourne 12.9.81
Goals - Clarke 2, Gaspar 2, Yze 2, Charles 2, Sampson 1, Polley 1, Grinter 1, Butterworth 1
Best - Rohde, Grinter, Ruecroft
Football Record R5 1995