Melbourne win by 64 points
Another day another false dawn for the Demons. A wind-assisted seven goal to one first quarter set up a thumping win which renewed faith in the famous 'five year plan' of Ron Barassi. The start was especially heartening with a side containing three debutantes.
The Cats had romped to a 92 point victory at Kardinia Park earlier in the season but had lost their way in the interim, and by five minutes into the second term when the Demons had four goals into the breeze the margin was ten goals and fans could scarcely believe it. Geelong were down on their luck but had played in the last two preliminary finals and were still one of the league's perennial contenders.
The fans who had mercilessly booed the side a few weeks ago treated them like rockstars. The rooms after the match were packed with jubilant supporters treating the result like the opening salvo of the second coming.
Steven Icke had been one of his side's best but couldn't remember much of it after the match after being knocked cold in a legal bump by Cat Paul Jeffreys. When he came to in the rooms after the match the first question has asked was "did we win?"
Very few Demons failed to have an impact, Wilson and Johnson joined Icke amongst the best. Shane Zantuck was reported for striking Rod Waddell with left and right fists to the head during the second quarter. Both he and the player he was accused of striking during the incident were suspended for two matches despite claiming that neither had landed a blow.
A number of players suffered injuries, including Icke (concussion), Smith (ankle), Zantuck (cut eye-brow, bruised cheek), Giles (knee) and Dickson (cork thigh).
Geelong 27.26.188 d. Melbourne 5.8.38
Goals - Catoggio 1, Cordner 1, O'Donnell 1, J. Tossol 1, P. Tossol 1
Best - P. Tossol, Hutchison
Geelong 14.20.104 d. Melbourne 9.18.72
Goals - Clarkson 3, Bamblett 2, Bailey 1, Hutchinson 1, Reynolds 1, Rugolo 1
Best - Bamblett