Melbourne win by 21 points
3 - Jeff Farmer
2 - Todd Viney
Melbourne's fourth win in the first seven weeks marked the high point of their season. In a top quality game, Matthew Lloyd kicked seven and Jeff Farmer six but the Demons won with a larger spread of goalkickers. Lloyd also collected teammate Blake Caracella with an elbow that was intended for Shane Woewodin.
Each team kicked six goals in both of the first two quarters, and Melbourne took the lead with five to four in the third term before restricting Essendon to a solitary major in the last. The Demons would win just two more games for the year.
Melbourne 18.12.120 d. Essendon 13.8.86
Best - Robertson, Lamb, Godfrey
Goals - Robertson 6, Frost 3, Williams 2, Ottens 2, Smoker 2, Johnstone 1, Speers 1, Smith 1