Footscray win by 1 point
John Tilbrook (2nd game)
After having watched Ross Dillon kick 11 in the reserves, seniors full-forward Ray Carr went goalless until he was replaced in the last quarter. Carr had only just been brought back into the side after earlier demanding a clearance to the VFA to play with Oakleigh, and on the strength of his performance he was lucky not to find himself given an open clearance right there and then.
With a more potent forward line the Demons could have won. John Tilbrook was potent late in the game as the Demons threw everything at the game to try and grab a victory. Time and time again the Bulldogs defenders repelled every forward thrust that the Dees managed.
Ian Ridley managed to urge a final supreme effort out of his players to try and overturn a 19 point 3/4 time deficit, and they nearly managed it as the Bulldogs began to switch off. Late on Melbourne levelled the scores before Bulldog reserve Bill Godridge kicked the winning point to deliver the four points for the visitors. There was controversy as many supporters believed Melbourne should have been paid a mark before Godridge's goal.
Best were Wells, Biffin and Callery. Alves (ankle) was replaced by Leary at half time and Carr by Sinclair during the last quarter.
The loss proved costly, dropping the Demons to fourth - just a game and percentage above fifth placed Richmond and sixth placed Carlton.
Melbourne 29.12 d. Footscray 11.6
Goals - Dillon 11, H. Ritterman 3, Lawrie 3, Collins 2, Colcott 2, Theodore 2, Honey 2, Lakes 1
Best - Dillon, McKenzie, Walker
Melbourne 16.10 defeated Footscray 9.7
Goals - Taylor 4, Dilnot 3, Anderson 2, Brewer 2, MacDonald 1, Moore 1, O'Kane 1, Williamson 1
Best - Dilnot, Kerley, MacDonald
"Demons could have done with Dillon" - The Age 28/06/1971
Inside Football - June 1971