Footscray win by 37 points
Stung by criticism after a heavy defeat to Carlton the Bulldogs players took out their frustrations on a hapless Melbourne side who lost Hassa Mann before the bounce with flu and Ross Dillon after ten minutes with injury.
Without their best midfielder and forward they were never going to put a decent score on the board and only managed more than one goal in the third quarter when they put on four. The first time they had the opportunity to use the notorious Western Oval breeze in the first quarter Melbourne had managed just 1.2 - and conceded three.
The third quarter saw them get within ten points but the Dogs regrouped to kick the last two goals of the term and all but assure themselves of victory with the wind in the last.
Footscray 14.15 d. Melbourne 4.7
Goals - Smith 1, Lees 1, Osborne 1, Catlin 1
Best - Osborne, Aubrey, Williams
Footscray 9.13 d. Melbourne 8.7
Goals - Mitchell 2, O'Farrell 2, Callery 1, Colcott 1, Emselle 1, Martin 1
Best - Jennings, Curry, Stanton
Football Record R7 1968
"Critics hurt Bulldogs" - The Age 20/05/1968