Melbourne win by 65 points
Melbourne's faltering start to the season took a turn for the positive with a huge win the Cats, their third straight away victory alongside two surprises losses at home.
After a first half featuring tight defensive and abysmal kicking for goal the low scores at the start of the third quarter seemed to indicate the crowd were in for a tight finish but the Demons ran riot in the second half to win comfortably.
Geelong flew out of the blocks in the third quarter before being swamped by a nine goal run on the way to a 16.11 to 6.4 Demon advantage in the second half.
They were helped by the inaccuracy of Geelong forward Doug Wade - who had turned his back on Melbourne to join the Cats - who only managed three goals from nine shots. Injuries to both Geelong's rovers also gave them an advantage, but victory was also delivered on the back of a strong performance by the Demons' half forward line.
Geelong 9.11 d. Melbourne 6.11
Goals - Thorpe 3, Groves 1, Turner 1, Urwin 1
Best - Leslie, Bourke, Leahy
Melbourne 6.18 d. Geelong 3.13
Goals - Mathews 2, O'Brien 1, T. Johnston 1, McCubbery 1, Emselle 1
Best - Edwards, Johnston, Russell
Reported - Ian Petty - (striking, six match suspension)