Melbourne win by 9 points
1 - Mark Withers
After eight losses on the trot the Demons travelled to Moorabbin in 10th place, four games clear of the Saints - who were in turn three games clear last on the bottom of the ladder. St Kilda had suffered a dirty year and their third straight wooden spoon was assured, but even they sensed a chance at a win against the struggling Demons.
Halfway through the second quarter the Demons led by 35 points, but St Kilda chipped away at the lead and ten minutes in the third quarter they were in front. With the scores level at three-quarter time the locals crossed the fingers and hoped for the best in a last quarter played on the usual Moorabbin mudheap. Despite their local knowledge the Saints would fail to score in the last term and Melbourne's single goal was enough to get them over the line.
Facing a battle the next week with top of the ladder Essendon Ron Barassi said "We've played the bottom team and won, and now we'll play the top team and do the same". The victory at Moorabbin would be his last win as a coach until 1993.
Best were Battiston, Hughes and Greg Healy.
Melbourne 8.19.67 d. St Kilda 8.10.58
Goals - Wright 2, Bailey 1, Dickson 1, Lyon 1, McCarthy 1, O'Brien 1, Seddon 1
Best - Allday, Bailey, Dickson
St Kilda 9.17.71 d. Melbourne 9.9.63
Goals - Hannant 2, Roe 2, Stynes 1, Hay 1, Hewitson 1, G. Marra 1, Allardice 1
Best - Lane, Stynes, Theoharis