Round 7, 1995
Melbourne vs Brisbane Bears
Sunday, 14 May
Melbourne win by 7 points
Goalkickers: Jeff Hilton 3, Garry Lyon 3, David Neitz 3, Luke Norman 1, Peter Rohde 1, Todd Viney 1
3 - Garry Lyon
1 - Jeff Hilton
Melbourne finally won their first game of the year at the seventh attempt, but despite snapping his team's drought Neale Balme called it their worst performance of the season. "I'm relieved that we had a win, but I'm not relieved with the way we played" he said after seeing his side come from behind at three-quarter time to win.
When the side went into the huddle for three quarter time the tiny crowd booed the players. Neil Balme switched Garry Lyon from full forward onto the ball and he didn't disappoint in the late comeback. His strong performance even won praise from Brisbane coach Robert Walls. Despite being down to 18 men in the last quarter due to injuries, the home side finished better, including two quick goals from Jeff Hilton. The Demons fell over the line to win, meaning they'd still never been beaten by the Bears at the MCG.
Lyon, Hilton and Tingay were best. Sean Charles was a late withdrawal with complications from a previously broken wrist, Marcus Seecamp suffered a concussion, Darren Kowal hurt his knee and Shaun Smith bruised his back.
Reserves (played Friday 12 May at MCG)
Richmond 19.14.128 d. Melbourne 6.7.43
Goals - Doyle 4, Carroll 1, Farmer 1
Best - Molloy, Ruecroft, Irving
Age - 14/05/1995
Age - 15/05/1995
Canberra Times - 15/05/1995
Football Record R8 1995