St. Kilda win by 85 points
Best and Fairest
25 - Adem Yze
21 - Shane Woewodin
18 - Paul Hopgood
17 - Andrew Leoncelli
14 - Anthony Ingerson
14 - Jim Stynes
Running on heavy legs in their third straight game played in soaking wet conditions Melbourne were once again thrashed, this time by the top of the table Saints.
The loss saw them tumble out of the eight and many critics thought it was the end of the line for the young Demons. Injury and suspension had destroyed Daniher's side and the next game saw them forced to travel to Perth to play West Coast where they hadn't won since 1990.
After a goalless first quarter the Demons managed two in the second, but the match was already out of their grasp as the Saints opened up a lead of over nine goals at the long break. On average the Demons side was heavier and taller, and had just 13 games less experience than the Saints but the stats were misleading as Melbourne had eight players with less than 20 games experience against St Kilda's two.
Jim Stynes injured the medial ligament in his left knee and was expected to miss six weeks. In the end he was back after missing one game.
Best were Yze, Leoncelli and Smoker.
Melbourne 14.14.98 d. St Kilda 9.13.67
Best - Tingay, Cockatoo-Collins, Ottens
Goals - B. Willams 5, Tingay 2, Beams 2, J.McDonald 1, Nicholson 1, Anderson 1, Nettlebeck 1, Robertson 1
"No miracles for boy Demons" - The Age 22/06/1998
"When key men goes missing, Melbourne fails to measure up" - The Age 22/06/1998
Football Record R14 1998