Melbourne win by 25 points
3 - Shaun Smith
2 - Garry Lyon
1 - Jim Stynes
Melbourne's fourth straight win after six defeats opened the season left them with some chance of making the top eight, but the story of the day was another serious knee injury for David Schwarz. He'd made a successful return the previous week just four months after surgery for an ACL tear but his leg collapsed under him as he tried to change direction midway through the first quarter and he was carried off.
Despite the injury drama Melbourne led at every change against a side who had given them trouble in recent meetings. With Tony Lockett held to five goals Garry Lyon was the difference with seven, while Shaun Smith added five.
Best were Smith, Lyon and Stynes.
Melbourne 15.10.100 d. Sydney 9.9.63
Goals - Clarke 4, Gaspar 3, Farmer 2, Nagle 2, Doyle 1, Hall 1, Heppell 1, Sampson 1
Best - Doyle, Lamprill, Bartul