Saturday 8 February
Venue - Bulleen Park
Fitzroy win by 25 points
The teams played at Fitzroy's summer training venue with a strong northerly wind behind them. It favoured the Lions in the first quarter, but they only managed two goals from 11 scoring shots and held a slender lead. The Demons were not much better in the second, booting 2.6 to lead by a goal at half time.
The Lions then turned the game on its head in the third term, kicking 8.3 to 1.2. Melbourne narrowly won the final term but the damage had already been done.
Speaking of the result, John Northey suggested players were still feeling the effects of a tough training camp at HMAS Cerberus, but suggested "the results come back at the end of the year."
Best were Obst, Lovett and Stretch. Garry Lyon missed the second half, with what was variously described as a hamstring strain or a stomach upset.
An eight goal third quarter set up victory for the Lions. Garry Lyon strained his groin and missed the second half.
Some sources have Melbourne's score as 10.14.74, and suggest Lyon had a strained groin.
Canberra Times - 09/02/1992