Round 18, 1990
Melbourne vs Brisbane Bears
Saturday 4 August
Melbourne win by 13 points
Goalkickers: Ricky Jackson 4, Darren Bennett 1, Tony Campbell 1, Simon Eishold 1, Greg Healy 1, Steven O'Dwyer 1, Jim Stynes 1
2 - Steven Stretch
After getting their season back on track over the previous fortnight the Demons welcomed bottom of the league Brisbane to VFL Park and struggled to get over the line in unimpressive fashion.
The Bears had 60% of the possession and broke a league record with 198 handballs but the tactic only kept them in the game, not giving them the chance to win a poor quality match. Only a seven goal to one second quarter separated the sides who were otherwise evenly matched for most of the day.
John Northey later accused his players of "bludging" their way through the game.
Best were Stretch, Healy and Jackson. Todd Viney suffered a season ending knee injury and Steven Febey a shoulder injury.
Melbourne 16.5.101 d. Brisbane 12.16.88
Goals - Heaver 3, Beveridge 2, Howat 2, Newport 2, Mahoney 2, Hogarth 2, Lovell 1, Seow 1, Ahern 1
Best - Grinter, Duursma, Ahern
Melbourne 11.12.78 d. North Melbourne 5.8.38
Goals - Stocker 4, Stroud 4, O'Sullivan 1, Robins 1, Lamb 1
Best - Tohill, Goldberg, Robins
Canberra Times - 05/08/1990
Football Record R19 1990