Sydney win by 124 points
John Northey and Melbourne's horror 1986 campaign reached it's nadir when the Demons suffered their third 100 point loss in two months, their 7th largest defeat ever in VFL/AFL history and 8th biggest score ever conceded.
Sydney was in off-field turmoil with Geoffrey Edelsten first resigning as chairman, then threatening to sue the major shareholder, then launching a takeover bid. Whatever ruptures were taking place behind the scenes it certainly wasn't affecting the football team.
Robert Flower was his side's only winner on a wing until being thrown to full-forward in the third term. He failed to kick a goal and it coincided with one of the Swans best periods of the game. When Flower went back to the wing in the last quarter he returned to being his side's only decent contributor.
It was a humiliating return to the SCG for Northey who had been sacked by the Swans at the end of the year before. With Sydney riding high on the ladder and the Demons sitting above just St Kilda at the other end it looked at the time like they'd made the right decision.
It also remains Melbourne's biggest loss against South Melbourne/Sydney and at the SCG.
Best were Flower, Connolly and Payne
Melbourne 21.19.135 d. Sydney 11.15.81
Goals - Williams 6, Rugolo 4, Battiston 3, Eishold 2, Fidge 2, Reynolds 1, Newport 1, Nichols 1, Giles 1
Best - Wight, Richards, Battiston