Melbourne win by 21 points
Graeme Watson (7th game)
The fortunes of the top of the table game swung on the wind, with Geelong wasting opportunities in the first quarter that left them with 3.7, and also letting Melbourne kick two vital goals into the breeze to restrict the margin to two goals. Even in familiar surrounds they didn’t have the same luck in the second term, failing to score as the Demons kicked an unchallenged 4.4 to turn the tables and lead by 16. The Cats tried to use their superior pace to advantage, but were surprised when Melbourne matched their quick tempo. They were unable to regularly break past Demon half-backs Anderson and Roet.
The third quarter was Geelong’s best, with four goals to one restoring their lead, but their mistakes in the first half cost them. A three point margin was nowhere near enough to defend considering the advantage to one end of the ground, and for the second time they went goalless kicking against the wind. Melbourne booted three goals, including two for Barassi, for a total score of 54-2 to that end, and claimed top spot on percentage.
Best were Barassi, Johnson and Anderson. Adams (bruised hip) was replaced by Watson in the selected side. Robbie took Watson's place on the bench but was unused. Leahy (thigh) was replaced by McLean in the last quarter.
Barassi 3.2, Emselle 2.2, Jacobs 2.0, Townsend 1.3, Watson 1.0, Bourke 1.1, Vagg 0.2, Mann 0.2, Groom 0.2, Kenneally 0.1
Geelong 7.8 d. Melbourne 6.11
Goals - Bartlett 3, Carroll 1, Lord 1, Slade 1
Best - Leitch, Davis, Foster
Melbourne 11.22 d. Geelong 8.5
Age - 10/07/1964
Football Record R13 1964