Melbourne win by 35 points
During the first quarter Essendon were as much as five goals in front but the margin was slashed to one at half time and they went into the last change four goals behind.
Six goals in thirteen minutes during the third were the difference, but Bob Skilton could be credited with several tactical wins. Ross Brewer kicked his four goals after being thrown to full-forward while Gary Hardeman moving to ruck-rover from the backline was a winner.
Best were Ray Smith, Hardeman and Wells. Baker had a dislocated finger and Keays a groin injury.
Essendon 15.16 d. Melbourne 12.9
Goals - Giampaolo 2, Wilkins 2, Mills 2, Carroll 2, Guy 1
Best - Wingate, M. Alves, Sullivan
Melbourne 14.21 d. Essendon 9.7.61
Goals - Frazer 7, Hutchison 2, Tippett 2, Arundale 1, Zubin 1, Fergus 1
Best - Hutchison, Davidson, Ough