Melbourne win by 18 points
Coming off the bye, Melbourne's flawless start to the season continued as they withstood a last quarter challenge to defeat the reigning premiers - and condemn Essendon to their third straight loss early in the season.
In a week where Collingwood President Allan McAlister had suggested Melbourne should merge with North Melbourne and Richmond the Demons showed that any lingering issue off-field were not affecting them. They gave up a three point lead at quarter time then led at every change.
Essendon closed to within five points in the last quarter after kicking two goals in a row, but missed two more chances only for Allen Jakovich to kick a steadier at the other end.
Essendon 21.13.139 d. Melbourne 10.11.71
Goals - Charles 2, Norrish 2, Fields 2, Norman 1, G. Lovett 1, Clarke 1, Carroll 1
Best - G. Lovett, Dyson, Norrish