Round 19, 1972
Geelong vs Melbourne
Saturday 12 August
Venue: Kardinia Park
Melbourne win by 57 points
Goalkickers: Greg Parke 7, Paul Callery 3, Graham Osborne 3, John Clennett 2, Gary Hardeman 2, Greg Wells 2, Ross Brewer 1, Graham Molloy 1
With their season already over the Demons travelled down the highway looking for respect and got it with a comfortably win in what Cats coach Bill McMaster described as his side's "worst game in 20 years". Geelong were two games lower on the ladder and their performance justified the gap between the two sides.
Melbourne were only one spot above Geelong but for three quarters diced them up like they were at opposite ends of the table. At half time they were ten goals in front and had extended the lead to almost a hundred points at the last change. Only the Demons putting their feet up in the last quarter allowed the Cats some respectability and seven goals.
Best were Wells, Callery and Parke. Ray Biffin was reported for striking but found not guilty. Bourke (bruised arm) was replaced by Yeo and Davis (eye) was replaced by Williamson, both in the last quarter.
Geelong 14.20 d. Melbourne 10.14
Goals - Walker 4, Cumming 2, Clark 1, Dilnot 1, Gallus 1, Reid 1
Best - Walker, Dilnot, Clark
Melbourne 22.11.143 d. Geelong 13.13.91
Goals - Curry 5, McIllvenna 4, McNaught 4, McLean 3, Potter 3, Buzza 1, Flower 1, Slade 1
Best - Giampaolo, Watts, Slade
Age - 14/08/1972
Inside Football - 19/08/1972
Football Record R20 1972