Melbourne win by 46 points
Martin Pike (14th game)
Having plummeted to 11th after four losses in a row after being early pacesetters, the Demons needed to get back on track at the Western Oval and a win over the struggling Lions was the first step towards climbing back into the eight.
Kicking with a fierce breeze the Roys - who had lost by 104 points the previous week - opened up a 22 point lead at quarter time but found themselves behind at the half. They failed to take advantage of their turn to kick with the wind in the third - being kept at bay by a strong defensive performance by Graeme Yeats and Sean Wight.
Fitzroy 19.4.118 d. Melbourne 11.15.81
Goals - Campbell 2, Ridley 2, Sullivan 1, Carroll 1, Clarke 1, Eslick 1, Fraser 1, Grinter 1, Norman 1
Best - Carroll, Grinter, Hilton