Sunday 22 October - The Oval, London
Melbourne win by 36 points
Goalkickers: Darren Bennett 5, Unknown 7
In greasy conditions Essendon went in with a tall team, and they were unable to break through Melbourne's strong defence.
Luke Beveridge was reported for unduly rough play during the second quarter but was cleared.
Best were Bennett, Mahoney and Jackson.
Essendon's Tony Antrobus was reported for striking Sean Wight, and he wasn't cleared until the case was heard on Thursday 1 February 1990.
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