Melbourne win by 46 points
A then all-time record home and away crowd poured into the MCG and saw a cracking match that ebbed and flowed for three quarters before Melbourne stormed to victory with a ten minute burst in the final term and assured themselves of a double chance with three matches to play.
With a semi-final atmosphere in front of the big crowd Collingwood held their own throughout the first half. The first quarter was a nervy one and neither side had a goal until the Pies slammed on three in quick succession at the last few minutes to take a comfortable lead into the break.
The visitors then tired in the third quarter and let the Demons off the leash for that withering burst. Melbourne had been lucky to be just seven points down at the break considering Geoff Tunbridge and Ian Ridley had been their only clear winners.
It had long been suspected that the Magpies were more suited to wet conditions while Melbourne were better on firm ground. The wet weather specialists had destroyed their opposition earlier in the year, restricting Melbourne to just two goals but back in good conditions the Demons got the job done.
Melbourne finally hit the lead through Tunbridge at the 24 minute mark of the third quarter, before another goal to Nilsson extended the gap to 10 at the last change. They then made sure of victory by kicking 5.3 to nothing in the first nine minutes of the last quarter to win comfortably and stamp themselves as premiership favourites.
Tunbridge, Ridley and Barassi were best. Nilsson and Case were replaced by Crompton and B. Leahy respectively during the last quarter.
Collingwood 12.14 d. Melbourne 11.15
Goals - Sheppard 3, Turner 2, R. Rolfe 2, Milner 2, Rowarth 1, Bourke 1
Best - Massey, Bourke, Leslie
Collingwood 15.25 d. Melbourne 6.10
Goals - Anderson 4, Leahy 1, Ingwersen 1
Best - Leahy, Wicks, Innes