Melbourne win by 65 points
Stephen McCarthy (2nd game)
After four straight losses, the Demons shocked premiership contenders Fitzroy with a seven goal first quarter. They had suffered honourable losses to the top three sides in consecutive weeks, and by unleashing their frustrations on the Lions they deliverd a performance to make the rest of the league sit up and take notice.
The Lions were still in touch at half-time, but their opponents delivered a third quarter worthy of any VFL team that year. And one which had fans asking why they couldn't see that sort of everything every week - or at least a few times a year. 10 goals to two gave them a ten goal lead at the last change and they coasted home to a popular victory.
Best on ground Adrian Battiston, who had been driven into the Waverley turf multiple times that day, summed up the feeling of victory by saying "It hurts a lot less when you win". O'Donnell and Johnson were also amongst the best. Giles was replaced in the selected side by McLean due to a knee injury while Robert Flower suffered a corked thigh.
After what would remain Melbourne's highest ever score at Waverley Ron Barassi said "I am a very happy man".
Melbourne 12.12 d. Fitzroy 11.15
Goals - McGlashan 4, Catoggio 2, Castles 1, Clayton 1, Elshaug 1, Seddon 1, Sutcliffe 1, Young 1
Best - Lawson, Tossol, McGlashan
Melbourne 22.13.145 d. Fitzroy 13.11.89
Goals - Bergman 6, Fidge 4, Rugolo 4, Philby 2, Howard 2, Dawson 1, Fisher 1, R. Howard 1, McDonald 1
Best - Connolly, Withers, Howard