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 a string of injuries and 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.
Best were Fidge, Flower and O'Donnell. Gerard Healy was carried off with a knee injury in the last quarter. It was a bruised knee and he recovered to play the next week.
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