St. Kilda win by 9 points
Statistical categories led:
Highest score in Round 3
Two weeks after kicking two goals in a match and one week after booting a record score en route to massacring Fitzroy, the Demons split the difference by kicking 21 goals and still losing.
It was one of their former heroes doing the damage, with Brian Wilson playing his 250th senior match and best game as a Saint to boot six goals in the win. He had retired from football at the end of 1990 but was lured back to footy by the Saints and helped his fourth club to a memorable victory. Despite his suggestion before the match that he would always love the Demons the short tempered champion couldn't restrain himself from throwing a few gestures to the members stand when he kicked a goal.
It wasn't just Wilson who was dominant though, after the first quarter where Greg Healy had dominated the centre St Kilda's midfield cut the Demons to shreds with a free flowing game that saw them kick nine goals in the second term. Melbourne held Stewart Loewe and the Saints' talls well but beaten so badly in the midfield they had no chance of stopping them kicking goals eventually.
The Demons rallied late but just fell short, and ironically it was Wilson who kicked the sealer and gave his familiar arms to the sky pose. Melbourne had their chance but kicked themselves out of the game with wayward shots on goal at the end of the match.
Greg Healy was carried off with a serious knee injury and Rod Owen suffered a corked thigh, sparking more calls from league identities to expand the interchange bench from two to three players. Paul Bryce made his MFC debut as a late replacement for Garry Lyon who had a groin injury.
Best were Wight, Bennett and T. Viney
Melbourne 17.14.116 d. St Kilda 16.13.109
Best: Grinter, P. Foot, Spencer
Goals: Jakovich 7, Jackson 4, Lovell 3, Schwarz 2, Hickmott 1
Melbourne 26.15.171 d. Geelong 16.16.112
Best - Robins, Francis, Lamb
Goals - Lamb 4, Sullivan 4, Francis 4, Wilkins 3, O'Sullivan 3, Shannon 2, Neitz 2, Pannoza 1, Pinches 1, Aubrey 1, Hartman 1
Highest losing scores
"Midfield runners win it for St Kilda" - The Age 08/04/1991
Canberra Times - 08/04/1991