Collingwood win by 31 points
Last MFC Game
Last Game as Coach
With the wooden spoon already 'secured' Melbourne had nothing to play for against the finals bound Magpies other than pride.
The two sides played a freewheeling, high-scoring game which clinched the double chance for Collingwood and would, unbeknownst to him at the time, be Dennis Jones' last match at Melbourne coach. He described his first season as "constructive", but was swept out of the job when the Wayne Reid administration took office at the end of the year.
Melbourne's best were Hamilton, Baker and Norsworthy.
Collingwood 28.20.188 d. Melbourne 11.20.86
Goals - Besanko 2, Fitzsimmons 2, Maynard 2, Wallace 2, Code 1, Cunningham 1, Walters 1
Best - Thompson, Beck, Giulieri
Collingwood 31.35.221 defeated Melbourne 4.6.40
"Tom has Magpies firing" - The Age 04/09/1978