Melbourne win by 15 points
The Dons started freely and were better than their lead at quarter time. It was then that John Beckwith gambled with moving Greg Parke into the centre. It paid handsome dividends - Parke raked in 28 kicks and 24 marks throughout the day. Ross Dillon moved to centre half-forward at the same time and the two dominated.
Rollinson, Sullivan and Walker were named alongside Parke and Dillon as the best Demons. Campbell (bruised hip) was replaced by Weekes in the last quarter, McKenzie was replaced by Wells - also in the last quarter.
Melbourne 25.23 d. Essendon 15.15
Goals - Osborne 5, K. Clarke 5, Mitchell 3, McSpeerin 3, Sinclair 2, Jones 2, Aitken 1, Powell 1, Jennings 1, D. Clark 1, Colcott 1
Best - Osborne, Jones, Sinclair
Essendon 12.18 defeated Melbourne 9.8
Goals - Williamson 3, Dilnot 2, Roberts 2, Allan 1, Tepper 1
Best - Kerley, Dilnot, Martin