Round 21, 1999
Melbourne vs Brisbane Lions
Saturday 21 August
Brisbane Lions win by 55 points
Goalkickers: David Neitz 5, David Schwarz 2, Matthew Bishop 1, Matthew Collins 1, Matthew Febey 1, Andrew Leoncelli 1, Troy Simmonds 1, Todd Viney 1, Shane Woewodin 1, Adem Yze 1
Last MFC Game
Troy Simmonds (4th game)
In a week where Todd Viney announced his end-of-season retirement the Demons put in a limp performance against a Brisbane side who they had effectively swapped places with during the season. Their previous meeting at the MCG had seen Melbourne win by 95 points on route to a Preliminary Final while the Lions finished last.
In '99 Melbourne would avoid the bottom but were very ordinary - this was their 8th straight loss. Only during the second term did Melbourne look like they had regained some form. Against a Lions side trying to grab their 5th straight win they held a 17 point lead in the second term, but after a melee involving 20 players Brisbane sparked and kicked seven goals in 15 minutes.
A wasteful Melbourne had 33 more disposals but were still thrashed.
Best were Neitz, Leoncelli and Schwarz. Seven Demons were fined for their part in a melee - David Schwarz and Travis Johnstone ($2000 each), Matthew Bishop and Andrew Leoncelli ($1500) and Todd Viney, Daniel Ward and Guy Rigoni who paid $1000 each for their involvement.
Melbourne 15.17.107 d. Kangaroos 11.11.77
Goals - Robertson 4, Gibson 3, Ramsay 2, Ferraro 2, Beams 1, Godfrey 1, Frost 1, Bruce 1
Best - Peverill, Kowal, Godfrey
Football Record R22 1999