Essendon win by 35 points
Last MFC Game
The Demons bounded out onto the VFL Park turf with energy, looking like they were ready to play a big game but within fifteen minutes of the first bounce the Bombers had made their superiority clear and were never headed again.
Only Essendon's wayward kicking stopped the result from blowing out into a massacre. Matched up against Steven Smith, Paul Salmon booted 4.7 and rover Tony Buhagiar racked up 4.5 en route to a solid head-to-head victory over Adrian Battiston. Salmon's first goal came after three behinds and one out of bounds on the full.
The Essendon defenders cleared the ball out of their backline easily, and it was often these unchecked runs to the centre which set up their scores. Kelvin Templeton was dragged at three-quarter time for letting his opponents run off him easily time and time again.
A debutant, 17-year-old John Fidge was the highlight for the Demons, booting four goals on debut.
Best were Fidge, Flower and O'Donnell
Essendon 15.13.103 d. Melbourne 11.10.76
Goals - Cordner 4, Healy 2, Hutchison 2, Kol 1, Castles 1, Williams 1
Best - Healy, Cordner and Louttit
Melbourne 12.13.85 d. Essendon 3.13.31
Goals - Howard 3, Payne 3, Nichols 2, Edwards 2, Grinter 1, Lyon 1
Best - Mazurek, K. Cross, Nichols
Age - 23/04/1984
Football Record R5 1984