1980 Escort Cup Round 1
Melbourne vs Swan Districts
Tuesday 4 March
Melbourne win by 82 points
Goalkickers: Brent Crosswell 6, Elshaug 3, S. Smith 3, Flower 2, Byrne 2, Nettlefold 1, Whitfort 1, Martyn 1, Barnes 1, Woodman 1, Rowe 1
Played as a qualifying game for the main tournament, as the 7th - 12th placed VFL teams played off against SANFL/WAFL and interstate sides.
Best were Crosswell, Barnes and Byrne. In his first game for the club Brent Crosswell kicked six goals but was reported for striking and received a four match ban. Michael Byrne was also suspended for one match for striking, and Garry Baker was also reported for striking acquitted.
The 31/03/81 edition of The Age suggests Crosswell was only banned for two matches. It's not known what Baker was reported for.
Age - 08/03/1980
Age - 10/03/1980