Collingwood win by 10 points
The Demons made three changes - only one unforced. Stephen Bickford and Tony Martyn were injured and Wayne Gordon was dropped against the match for his old side. Greg Wells, Graham Gaunt and Greg Hutchison came into the side and Andrew Moir became the latest Demon to try and fill the troubled full-forward position.
His ankle finally gave way in the last 15 minutes with the Pies a point behind and he was forced to retreat to the forward line. It was up to the rest of the side to deliver on what the old master had set up, they couldn't.
Anyone in the rooms after the game could see the toll the game, and a long career, had taken on Carl. More than 35-years-old Ditterich hobbled to the showers with swollen ankles covered in ice packs. His comment "sometimes I think I'm crazy" said it all. He wasn’t overly critical of players, saying “We had them on toast, but we stopped running. Lack of discipline and lapses at the end of each quarter cost us”.
Collingwood 17.24.126 d. Melbourne 11.11.77
Goals - Bunn 5, Hunnibell 1, O'Brien 1, Rowe 1, Sherwen 1, Whitford 1, Wingate 1
Best - Bunn, Hunnibell 1, Rowe
Melbourne 22.14.146 d. Collingwood 17.12.114
Goals - McCarthy 5, Kelly 4, Osiurak 4, Ellingworth 2, Fidge 2, Tossol 2, Battiston 1, Fanning 1, Ford 1
Best - Deakin, Tossol, Battiston