Round 18, 1998
Melbourne vs Brisbane Lions
Saturday 1 August
Melbourne win by 95 points
Goalkickers: Jeff Farmer 6, Garry Lyon 5, David Neitz 2, Todd Viney 2, Anthony McDonald 1, James McDonald 1, Russell Robertson 1, David Schwarz 1, Stephen Tingay 1, Jeff White 1, Shane Woewodin 1
3 - Stephen Tingay
2 - Jeff Farmer
1 - Darren Kowal
Statistical categories led:
Biggest win and highest score against Brisbane Lions
Best and Fairest
38 - Stephen Tingay
27 - Garry Lyon
21 - Jeff Farmer
19 - Andrew Leoncelli
17 - Todd Viney
17 - Shane Woewodin
In a match transferred by the AFL to the MCG from Waverley, Stephen Tingay was dominant in the best of his eight games for the season to that point. He torched four opponents on the way to 28 touches.
Garry Lyon was also dominant, booting five and demolishing first gamer Nigel Wirth. Jeff Farmer too had a field day playing on the more experienced Steven Lawrence.
39 points in front at the first change the Demons were already home, but nine minutes into the second term the margin was 63 and commentators were scrambling for the record books.
The Lions steadied briefly before half-time and stemmed the bleeding, but they couldn't stop the Demons careering to a near 100pt victory. Jeff White made the highlight reel with a screamer of a mark just before the final siren.
Neale Daniher said "We are about 10 or 15 minutes away from being a top-four side."
Melbourne 17.15.117 d. Western Bulldogs 17.8.110
Best - Brown, Longmuir, Gaspar
Goals - Nettelbeck 3, Cann 3, Anderson 2, Beams 2, Bruce 2, Johnstone 1, Collins 1, Brown 1, Smith 1, Longmuir 1
Age - 02/08/1998
Football Record R19 1998