Carlton win by 30 points
Already in crisis mode thanks to losing their first six matches the Demons had to contend with a lengthy injury list for their clash with the Blues. Not surprisingly they were handily beaten.
The Blues saw the return of Ron Barassi, who came out of retirement to play a final game for the Blues and take his game tally to 50 at Carlton. This was to qualify his son as a potential Blue under the father/son rule of the time. He was forced from the ground in the third quarter after tearing his hamstring.
John Beckwith had used his pre-match speech to whip up his players by telling them his old team-mates comeback was an insult to Melbourne, and at first it looked as if his side had paid attention. It took the coach leaving the game for the Blues to spark and run away with the game. Melbourne had matched them in the physical stakes and in the air for most of the day but they were too inexperienced to go on with it. Defenders Paul Rowlands and David Hone had been brave in defence all day before the Blues finally got on top, and if they had kicked better they could have won by more.
Best were Campbell, Fowler and Lakes. Biffin and Lakes were replaced by Vagg and Letcher respectively in the last quarter.
Carlton 11.19 drew Melbourne 11.19
Goals - Powell 2, Wells 2, Sinclair 2, Stone 1, Sampson 1, Hayes 1, Mitchell 1, Emselle 1
Best - Wells, Colcott, Anderson
Carlton 11.10.76 d. Melbourne 5.15.45
Goals - Stephenson 2, Missen 1, Cook 1, Walker 1
Best - Gowdie, McKenzie, Brown
Blueseum match report