Melbourne win by 33 points
The Demons won to level the ledger at 3-3 for the season, but in a sign of the increased expectations in 1983 Ron Barassi labelled the win a disgraceful display. The first quarter had been highlighted by a handball happy Demon defence turning the ball over to the Swans on multiple occassions only for the Swans (they were still not calling themselves Sydney, at least not in the Melbourne market) to miss the goals and fail to make it count.
Brownlow Medallists Moore, Wilson and Templeton were their side's best. Wilson's seven goals and 4.5 from Templeton were the scores that got the side over the line and Moore dominated in the ruck. Giles was replaced by Wright in the selected side due to a groin injury.
"You take any aspect of football and we buggered it up" Barassi said, "That's our worst performance for the year. It was disgraceful". His success started side had just won by more than five goals.
Melbourne 19.13.127 d. Swans 14.10.94
Goals - Barnes 3, Bergmann 2, Cordner 2, McCarthy 2, Philby 2, Sutcliffe 2, Tossol 2, Fisher 1, Gordon 1, Hutchison 1, Withers 1
Best - McCarthy, Sutcliffe, Cordner
Melbourne 20.16.136 d. Swans 13.13.91
Goals - Fidge 5, Ward 3, Oman 2, Howard 2, Yeates 2, Judd 1, Lawrence 1, Louttit 1, Rugolo 1, Mazurek 1, Thomas 1
Best - Ward, Bailey, Howard