Melbourne win by 45 points
2 - Todd Viney
In a bizarre day at league headquarters Mil Hanna kicked eight for the Blues and Jon Dorotich six but their side were still beaten comfortably by a side that finished with 16 fit men.
Carlton kicked away to a five goal lead with the use of the breeze in the first quarter, but Melbourne struck back to reduce the gap to five at the long break. The Blues only extended the margin to 14 at the last break and were rumbled by a storming last quarter - led by Earl Spalding who would join the Blues at the end of the year. Melbourne booted 11 goals to two to rack up their third straight score of over 140 points.
It was a gutsy win considering they'd lost Garry Lyon (back) and Steve O'Dwyer (concussion) during the first quarter and had been forced to send Simon Eishold back on despite the fact that he had broken his thumb, and Steven Stretch who had suffered a broken nose. Despite the fact that Eishold would go on to miss several matches with his injury he was still throwing himself into tackles during the final term avalanche.
O'Dwyers injury meant that Jim Stynes moved into the centre permanently and was dominant, negating the influence of Justin Madden and giving his midfielders the chance to run riot with two thirds of the centre clearances. The Demons kicked the last 10 goals of the game
John Northey bemoaned his side's habit of losing from good positions and winning from bad ones by saying "If you're a psychologist you can work it out for me, but I don't know".
Carlton 18.15.123 d. Melbourne 12.11.83
Goals - Jakovich 5, Sullivan 2, Lovell 1, Egan 1, Flintoff 1, Heaver 1, Schwarz 1
Best - Lovell, Ford, Heaver
Melbourne 11.10.76 d. North Melbourne 9.10.64
Goals - Coote 3, Robins 2, Hopgood 2, O'Sullivan 1, Merritt 1, Siderellis 1, MacKenzie 1
Best - Robins, Hopgood, P. Goldberg
Canberra Times - 14/04/1991
Age - 14/04/1991
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