Melbourne win by 15 points
3 - David Neitz
2 - Jeff White
1 - David Schwarz
Best and Fairest
31 - David Neitz
20 - David Schwarz
18 - Daniel Ward
11 - Russell Robertson
7 - Steven Febey
7 - Jeff White
7 - Andrew Leoncelli
6 - Adem Yze
After another week of turmoil off the field, David Neitz looked set to have a day out on it with the first two goals of the match and four in the first twelve minutes, but the Swans hit back to lead at the first change. Melbourne then wrested the momentum back with six goals to one in the second term to take a handy lead into the long break. Jeff Farmer kicked three goals in the quarter before injuring his hamstring. Nathan Brown also suffered a hamstring injury, but not as serious as Farmer's.
Sydney kicked four goals to three in the third quarter to be just fifteen points down, and early in the last quarter they had hit the lead. Their comeback didn't last long though as Russell Robertson came from the bench and kicked three goals in five minutes - including one from a huge mark - amongst four for the quarter to give his side the lead. Neitz kicked his sixth for the sealer and the Dees were home.
Jeff White and David Schwarz were the Demons best, while Anthony Ingerson was strong in the backline. White smashed his opponent, the inexperienced Simon Feast but the Swans were so desperate for a tall ruckman to take on White that even though Feast suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter and had to undergo a painkilling injection he was required to stay on the ground where he didn't have a kick for the day.
In a week where it was suggested that he might be challenged for the presidency by Ron Walker, Joseph Gutnick played a political masterstroke by taking his bodyguards to sit with the cheer squad at three quarter time.
Neale Daniher said "If they didn't have what they've got, we could easily be one-and-four. What do you say? It's just the beauty of a collection of human beings who decide they want to do something."
"The president becomes an average Joe for a day" - The Age 30/04/2001
"Dees are blooming marvellous" - The Age 30/04/2001
AFANA News 2001