Melbourne win by 15 points
Last MFC Game
With both clubs well out of finals contention, a surprisingly large crowd was treated to a free-flowing exhibition where defence was the last thing on anybody's mind.
With an $8000 bonus and a trip to America on offer if they won the match the Demons started to shake the Swans in the third quarter, by which time Gerard Healy already had four goals. He booted another three in the third and they were on their way to the US.
The ninth place finish was their best since almost making the finals in 1976 and supporters treated the result it as if they'd won something meaningful.
Melbourne 22.15.147 d. Sydney 13.15.93
Goals - O'Dwyer 8, Clarkson 4, McCarthy 4, DiStephano 2, Clayton 1, Fisher 1, Lawson 1, Sutcliffe 1
Best - Clayton, Gordon, McGlashan
Melbourne 25.16.166 d. Sydney 15.12.102
Goals - Connolly 7, Bamblett 6, Reynolds 3, Rugolo 3, Bergman 2, Philby 2, Fidge 1, Howard 1
Best - Connolly, Bamblett, Muir
Some sources suggest that instead of the "Grand Old Flag" Chris Connolly led the players in a rendition of "LA International Airport" after the match in celebration but he was an Under 19s player at the time.