Melbourne win by 19 points
On a rainy, miserable Sydney day Tony Lockett was a late withdrawal with a virus and without the league's best goalkicker to trouble them the Demons celebrated by kicking the first four goals of the game within 10 minutes.
After the burst Melbourne slowed, not kicking their next goal until five minutes into the second quarter. But another four goal burst at the start of the third term gave them another buffer of nearly 40 points.
With the Swans wayward kicking for goal and tendency to over-use the ball in the wet conditions Melbourne led all day, but Sydney mounted a charge in the last quarter when they got to within 13 points with 20 minutes left before the Demons steadied.
Melbourne's 5th straight win meant they had achieved more wins in those five weeks than they had in all of 1997. Neale Daniher said "We've got a club that's on a bit of a roll at the moment. It'll be interesting to see how we handle it. To actually beat the No. 1 side away means it was a very good win."
Sydney 14.13.97 d. Melbourne 8.11.59
Goals - Cann 2, Street 1, Donald Cockatoo-Collins 1, Walsh 1, Longmuir 1, Kowal 1, B. Williams 1
Best - Bradly, Bruce, L. Williams
Age - 04/05/1998
Football Record R7 1998