Melbourne win by 11 points
Even though they hadn't been in top form the Demons had risen back to the top of the ladder in recent weeks, but faced one of their sternest tests against the Magpies on Queen's Birthday Monday.
In front of an all time record crowd for a home and away game, beating the previous record by nearly 41,000, Melbourne led at every change and strengthened their position at the head of the table. The two teams put on a game befitting the occasion, and nearing half time Melbourne had a lead of four goals. Collingwood bounced back to shave the margin to 11 points at the long break and had the momentum in the third.
The Magpies continued their improved firm early in the third quarter, kicking the first two goals of the term to take the lead. It sparked a Melbourne rally, and by midway through the last quarter they had taken the lead back and were four goals in front.
After struggling to attack all day the Pies came back at them again and hit the lead by a point entering time on, but the Demons failed to give up and used their immense physical strength to get in front again. A goal by Geoff Tunbridge with a minute left put Melbourne ahead, and they added another as insurance before the siren.
The win gave the Demons a two game break at the top of the ladder.
Seconds (played on Saturday)
Collingwood 4.12 d. Melbourne 4.5
Goals - Crompton 1, Wilkinson 1, Cook 1, Rankin 1
Best - Turner, Crompton, Melville
Thirds (played on Saturday)
Collingwood 10.13 d. Melbourne 6.11
Goals - Anderson 2, O'Toole 1, Crozier 1, Campbell 1, Butler 1
Best - McIvor, Butler, Campbell