Essendon win by 38 points
Best and Fairest
30 - Marcus Seecamp
29 - Andrew Leoncelli
24 - Shane Woewodin
24 - Adem Yze
9 - Todd Viney
Essendon also welcomed James Hird back from injury, and while the Demons took a slender lead into quarter time the Bombers kicked four unanswered goals in the second quarter to take the lead. With Todd Viney leaving the ground after suffering an injured hamstring it allowed the Essendon midfield to take control.
The Demons were still in touch at the last change but Essendon kicked away to win comfortably.
Neale Daniher said "We just need to step back from this and have a think about it. It's disappointing, there's no doubt about that. But we were disappointing against the Tigers and we regrouped."
Melbourne 21.8.134 d. Essendon 15.12.102
Best - Nicholson, Bishop, Williams
Goals - Williams 6, Robertson 4, Bishop 4, Cann 2, Oram 2, Cockatoo-Collins 1, Murray 1, Henderson 1