Essendon win by 12 points
1 - Brett Lovett
The sides met in perfect conditions but put on a terrible, error-strewn game. Essendon's goalkicking was particularly awful, with spearhead Scott Cummings kicking 1.5 and one out on the full from his six shots on goal. Even his goal was a gift, intercepting a handball from Paul Hopgood to walk into an open goal.
Melbourne kept the margin close, perhaps undeservedly considering a gulf in the scoring shots. By half time they were four points down but from nine fewer chances. Melbourne narrowly had the best of a nine goal third quarter and cut the margin to three at the last break but Essendon held their nerve and hung on to win.
Neil Balme said "We're not happy with losing but at least we had a go." His side remained last on the ladder.
Best were Kowal, Stynes and B. Lovett
Essendon 19.14.128 d. Melbourne 11.10.76
Goals - Bradly 3, Charles 2, Corrigan 2, McDonald 2, O'Brien 1, D. Yze 1
Best - McDonald, Corrigan, Charles
Age - 26/05/1996
Age - 27/05/1996
Football Record 1996 State of Origin