Melbourne win by 8 points
3 - Steven O'Dwyer
2 - Greg Healy
Andy Lovell goalled with his first kick in league football and then kicked the winning goal deep into the last quarter, but for once it was Gary Ablett who the Demons could thank for their victory.
With his side behind by less than a goal the champion full forward pulled in a screamer in the dying minutes but inexplicably missed the kick from 20m out directly in front. Both teams had kicked inaccurately, but Ablett's miss was crucial as the Demons swept the ball up the other end of the ground where Lovell kicked the sealer to give Melbourne their third straight win to start the season.
Best were O'Dwyer, Yeats and Dean
Melbourne 23.14.152 d. Geelong 15.10.100
Goals - Williams 8, Rohde 3, Sparks 3, Normington 3, Bayes 2, Lamb 2, Stoney 1, Smith 1
Best - Bayes, Duursma, Normington
Geelong 16.11.107 d. Melbourne 8.14.62
Goals - Putamorsi 2, Power 1, Passington 1, Hanlan 1, Williams 1, Hollingsworth 1, Williams 1
Best - Putamorsi, Peck, Taglieri
Football Record R4 1988
Age - 18/04/1988