St. Kilda win by 52 points
First game and first goal
Desperate to rescue something from a terrible season which hadn't seen them win since Round 7 the Demons plucked 16-year-old Des O'Dwyer from Shepparton after just one training run with the senior squad and put him at full-forward in front of the baying Moorabbin crowd.
It looked like a master stroke when O'Dwyer goalled with his first kick in league football and Melbourne led 46 to nothing after 23 minutes of the first term. St Kilda got the last three goals of the first quarter but the Demons still took a five goal lead into the first change.
From there it was all the Saints, with Jeff Sarau moving from ruck to full-forward and kicking seven goals and the home side banging on 17.21 to 6.5 for the rest of the game.
St Kilda 20.15.135 d. Melbourne 7.10.52
Goals - Woodman 3, Cunningham 1, Hamilton 1, Maynard 1, Mills 1
Best - Marchant, Richards, Denny
Melbourne 14.20.104 drew St Kilda 14.20.104
Goals - Angelis 4, Todd 3, Bickford 2, D'Ambrosia 2, Mobbs 2, Hayes 1
Best - Love, Mobbs, Hayes