Collingwood win by 33 points
3 - Bernie Vince
The Demons entered the midway mark of the season with a record of 3-7, but coming off an encouraging performance against league leaders Port Adelaide a week earlier the clubs drew the largest Kings Birthday crowd since 2011 - and the second highest since 2007.
Melbourne got off to the perfect start courtesy of a Nathan Jones goal after 22 seconds of the first quarter, but managed just two more for the entire match. It was one of their lowest scores since 1980, but in contrast to the last time they had scored 28 - against North Melbourne in Round 18, 2013 they restricted Collingwood's score and remained in the game until the third quarter.
With James Frawley and Cameron Pedersen both taking a number of marks in the first half, and Lynden Dunn holding the dangerous Travis Cloke well in Collingwood's forward line, Melbourne were competitive in the first half despite only kicking two goals. They attacked a number of times but their forwards were doing all their best work outside of the attacking 50 and nobody could capitalise on the chances.
Collingwood began to kick away in the third quarter, but Melbourne would have cut the margin to four points late in the term if what would have been their fourth goal of the day hadn't be disallowed. Bernie Vince received a handball from Neville Jetta and seemingly goalled from 50 but Jetta was forced to repeat the trick with Dunn who only managed a point.
With seconds to go in the third substitute Jay Kennedy Harris - who had just come on the ground to replace Mark Jamar - spilt a mark in defence and gifted the Pies a goal to extend the margin to 16. They more than doubled their advantage in the last as the Demons failed to kick another goal.
Best were Dunn, Cross and Jetta.