Melbourne win by 13 points
3 - Alan Johnson
2 - David Allday
Melbourne had played a terrible season and had followed a much overdue win over Fitzroy in round 14 with three straight losses. Still, the chance to mess up the finals aspirations of the old enemy Collingwood was as good an excuse as any to play one of their best games of the season.
The Pies led first but two goals in two minutes to Alan Johnson and another from David Williams where the umpire missed the ball being touched gave them the advantage and they led to quarter time. The Pies struck back and were within a goal in the second term but when they kicked the first goal of the third quarter to take the lead it was the last time they were in front all day.
Leigh Matthews shuffled the deck on his team in the last quarter in an attempt to pull back a 20 point deficit but they could only shave seven points from the margin and Melbourne had a much needed win.
Best were Williams, Battiston and Connolly. Nigel Kol suffered a hamstring injury.
Melbourne 25.16.164 d. Collingwood 13.10.88
Goals - Ryan 5, Dickson 4, Dale 3, Bailey 2, Eishold 2, F. Rugolo 2, Withers 2, Nichols 1, Giles 1, T. Fidge 1, Jackson 1, White 1
Best - Wight, Stoney, Bailey
Melbourne 9.18.72 d. Collingwood 9.13.67
Goals - Lawrence 2, Dann 2, Roe 2, Brodie 1, McCarty 1, Hewitson 1
Best - Hewitson, McCarty, Dann
Robert Flower was chaired off the ground in what was considered his 250th game, but official records only show him on 248 at the time.
Canberra Times - 03/08/1986
"Flower's loyal example lifts Demons to fighting win" - The Age 04/08/1986
The Age - 08/08/1986
Football Record R19 1986