Melbourne win by 7 points
With the Bulldogs in open revolt and players threatening a strike if their committee didn't resign it was hardly conditions conducive to a great performance, and at half time it looked like the Demons were going to have an easy ten goal victory.
The Dogs found pride in a third quarter fightback and they nearly won the game. Footscray were a different team in the second half and kicked 13.3 to Melbourne's 7.12. The Demons could have had more but botched multiple scoring opportunities - a tale repeated many times in their recent history.
Ted Whitten Jr kicked four goals in the last quarter and the Dogs got close but time ran out on them.
Dennis Jones said "The effort by the players was good. They maintained the pressure and are continuing to improve. So far though they are only babes in the confidence area. We should have won by 10 goals". Under the pump Dogs coach Don McKenzie could only offer: "My players were bone lazy in that first half. They refused to run and wouldn't pick up their opponents".
Footscray 23.17.155 d. Melbourne 16.19.115
Goals - Walters 8, T. Flower 3, Whitford 2, Clarke 1, Cooke 1, Hunnibell 1
Best - Walters, Code, Garrett
Melbourne 22.18.150 defeated Footscray 9.12.66
Goals - Sadauskas 4, Jullis 4, Quine 3, De Munk 2, Hayes 2, Maynard 2, Nobbs 2, Wallace 2, Elshaug 1
Best - Maynard, Wallace, Jullis