North Melbourne win by 5 points
Last Game as Coach
In a dead-rubber match played without a great deal of intensity the Demons could have won had it not been for their dysfunctional forward line setup. 2.8 in the last quarter was no reward for the efforts of the midfielders and it consigned them to an eighth straight loss to round out the year.
Conspiracy theorists claimed the Demons were robbed though. Greg McDonald kicked a ball off the ground in the last quarter which was clearly a goal but paid a point, and not long after Robert Flower kicked a ball through the goals which hit John Clennett a yard behind the goalline but was paid as touched.
Best were Wells, Sullivan and Flower. Ian Ridley would be sacked as coach soon after. Brewer (illness) was replaced by Ritterman in the selected side. Parker (shoulder) was replaced by Delmenico during the third quarter and Swan by McDonald in the last quarter.
North Melbourne 14.13 d. Melbourne 5.16
Goals - McSpeerin 2, Mills 1, Owens 1, Payne 1
Best - Moore, Molloy, McSpeerin
Melbourne 12.9 d. North Melbourne 9.19
Goals - Ellingworth 4, McIllvenna 3, Lierich 1, McMullin 1, Maxey 1, Reed 1, Ross 1
Best - Lierich, Power, Potter