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Round 21 1988

Round 21, 1988
Essendon vs Melbourne
Saturday 20 August
Venue: Windy Hill
Attendance: 19,163

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Essendon3.58.514.919.14.128
Melbourne5.28.810.813.12.90
Match Statistics (external link)

Essendon win by 38 points

Goalkickers: Brian Wilson 3, Ricky Jackson 2, Andy Lovell 2, David Flintoff 1, Alan Johnson 1, Garry Lyon 1, Earl Spalding 1, Steven Stretch 1, Sean Wight 1

Brownlow Votes:
1 - Steven Stretch

Milestones:
Nil

After four losses in a row the 1988 season was becoming the exact opposite of the 1987 run to the finals, it now seemed like the Demons were more intent on running away from the five than into it.

A trip to Windy Hill to play the Bombers, still a chance of making the five themselves, was almost the last place John Northey and his side wanted to be. Earlier in the season there had been talk of transferring the game to the MCG due to the large crowd, but when Melbourne's form started dropping off the VFL decided to leave the game at Windy Hill.

The Bombers were also riding a wave of emotion for Simon Madden's 300th game but by the end of the first quarter they were behind. The home side struck back and led in the second quarter before three time-on goals by the Demons gave them a three point lead.

It was a brilliant third quarter by Tim Watson which won the game for the Bombers. He had thirteen possessions and a hand in nearly every one of Essendon's six goals. At three-quarter time they were four goals in front and all but home.

Only losses by Footscray and Sydney kept the Demons in the top five, and their destiny in their own hands entering Round 22. West Coast won handily and vaulted over Melbourne into 4th on the ladder and the Bombers victory put them into contention as well.

Northey said "We're very fortunate to be in the position we're in. There are no tomorrows now. It's over and finished unless we make it happen".

Best were Stretch, Jackson and Grinter. Melbourne lost Steven O'Dwyer out of the selected side with a shin complaint, he was replaced by Tony Campbell. Garry Lyon and Doug Koop both suffered concussions.

Reserves
Essendon 26.10.166 d. Melbourne 7.4.46
Goals - Eishold 2, Febey 1, Fidge 1, Kennedy 1, Stoney 1, Aitken 1
Best - Eishold, Kennedy, Turner

Under 19's
Melbourne 14.23.107 d. Essendon 8.13.61
Goals - Hawkins 4, Suduki 2, Beveridge 2, Schwarz 1, Taglieri 1, Brook 1, Knight 1, Partington 1, Morey 1
Best - Hawkins, Beveridge, Peck

Media
The Age (external link) - 01/08/1988
Football Record (external link) R22 1988
"Dons catch a ride on wave of emotion" (external link) - The Age 22/08/1988


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