Melbourne win by 16 points
With their position at the top of the ladder suddenly looking shaky going into a two week break for the interstate carnival to played at the MCG, the Demons went to Princes Park needing to win in order to sure up their season. Norm Smith shook the side up - adding to the loss of captain John Beckwith by dropping Clyde Laidlaw, Denis Jones and Alan Rowarth. Defender Bob Turner was swung forward to try and add marking power.
Carlton had been the better side in a low scoring first half, winning in most position, but had wasted chances up front. After a forceful half-time address by Norm Smith the Demons showed improvement early in the third quarter before Carlton took over for the next 15 minutes. They kicked 1.4 including three misses from within 10 yards before Melbourne exploded, booting seven goals - including 6.4 to 0.0 in a 15 minute burst - to take a lead of over five goals. Ron Barassi - acting as captain in Beckwith's absence - was the best player during their run.
Carlton steadied in the last and made some inroads but their poor third term had sunk them. The Blues had attempted to use several of the methods employed by Fitzroy in the upset a week earlier. Bob Johnson was nullified by ex-Demon Kevin Clarke - who had been sacked and reinstated by the Blues during the week - and Ron Barassi was tagged heavily by Serge Silvagni.
Best were Williams, Barassi and Fenton-Smith. Lord (cartilage) was replaced by Rowarth in the last quarter.
Melbourne 14.15 d. Carlton 11.11
Goals - Crompton 3, Gleeson 3, Atkinson 3, Unknown 6
Best - Wilkinson, Atkinson, Gleeson
Carlton 6.17 d. Melbourne 4.2
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