Geelong win by 49 points
Stephen Bickford (12th game)
The VFL's Sydney invasion saw a fast, open, exciting game but one which was riddled with mistakes. Both teams were bogged down on the short and wide SCG ground. Poor kicking by Geelong stopped them from building up a larger advantage from their superior play.
Ron Barassi and Brent Crosswell had a heated clash at quarter-time, leading to the coach banishing his wayward player to the bench for the second quarter. Crosswell had given away a free-kick and goal which had cost his side the lead at the first change. He was dragged from the ground and when the coach came to address his side and give Crosswell a piece of his mind the two clashed and the player stormed away.
Demon team managed Max Scales convinced Crosswell to return but Barassi sent him away again. If the Sydneysiders had known what to look for it would have been tremendous entertainment for them. Crosswell returned 10 minutes into the second quarter and later in the day broke his right thumb.
Geelong kicked away with 10 goals in the second quarter to set up a match-winning lead. A third quarter Demon revival was driven by Peter Maynard from the half-back line, and as the side started moving the ball down the middle of the ground instead of along the flanks they looked considerably better.
An early goal in the last term to Vin Catoggio gave Melbourne some hope of a comeback before the Cats kicked six in a row to kill the contest. It could have been worse, up front for the Cats Terry Bright kicked 5.7. It equalled the highest score Geelong had ever kicked against Melbourne to that point.
After the match Barassi said "It's as boring as hell going through this losing coach routine". His side had been thrashed in the ruck and the centre of the ground. "I would be happy if they showed they were learning" he snarled, "They're just not catching on quick enough".
Geelong 23.24.162 d. Melbourne 11.14.80
Goals - Hardeman 3, Barnes 2, Todd 2, Barham 1, Dullard 1, Hamilton 1, Young 1
Best - Barham, Pinnell, Dullard
Geelong 22.18.150 d. Melbourne 14.9.93
Goals - Whitworth 4, Bergman 3, Cordner 2, Hedger 2, Battiston 1, McKaige 1, Joycey 1
Best - Battiston, Bell, Connolly