In a match played in atrocious conditions the Demons staged a stirring last quarter fightback to hold the home side scoreless and snatch a draw but it wasn't enough to keep them competitive in the race for the top four.
Carlton's inaccuracy in front of goal kept Melbourne in the match, but the Demons couldn't capitalise on the opportunities they'd been given and ended up with exactly the same score.
Jim Wilson kicked the first goal of the last quarter, before behinds to Clarke and McLean drew the margin back to a single goal. Clarke snapped truly and the scores were level. Carlton attacked a last time but they were repelled and both teams left Princes Park with two premiership points.
Melbourne might have won if a Ken Albiston point kicked after the first quarter siren had been counted. The ball was in the air when the siren went and a Carlton player fumbled it through the goals while trying to stop it. Under the rules of the day a point should have been awarded, as it was in Melbourne's favour a few weeks earlier in similar circumstances, but no score was awarded.
With time running out Carlton attacked, but Melbourne defused their attack and were pushing forward towards their own goal at the siren. The score was Carlton's lowest against Melbourne for 20 years.
Best were Wilson, McGivern and Cordner.
Carlton 12.11 d. Melbourne 7.9
Melbourne 9.11 d. Carlton 5.8
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