Melbourne win by 15 points
The 18th and last win of the club's longest ever streak of victories - dating back to Round 15, 1955 - was not entirely comfortable but after the first few minutes the Demon defenders and rovers managed to keep Carlton at arm's length through the day and do enough to stay unbeaten.
The Blues were in a battle for fourth, and in conditions that were not conducive to quality football the two teams played out a surprisingly good match. Melbourne got the first break of the match in the third quarter, extending the margin to 34 points, before Carlton struck back. In the last few minutes of the third and the first 10 minutes of the fourth they kicked six goals to one to reduce the gap to three.
With the momentum Carlton looked like they were going to snap Melbourne's losing streak, but the Demons dug in and steadied. In stark contrast to the third term they kept the visitors scoreless in the last 15 minutes of the game, before finally breaking through for two goals to remain unbeaten.
It was still the highest score kicked against Melbourne in almost a year, and the victory had come despite full-forward Athol Webb being completely blanketed. The rovers and resting ruckmen contributed most of the team's 14 goals.
The victory left the Demons three wins and percentage clear of second placed Geelong.
Best were Spencer, Ridley and Marquis. Dixon (shoulder) was replaced by Laidlaw. Ridley also suffered a bruised thigh.
Melbourne 15.18 d. Carlton 9.9
Carlton 9.10 d. Melbourne 5.11
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