North Melbourne win by 1 point
The careful build-up play that Barassi had taught his troops in 1985 went awry against a North side that they had the edge over in size and experience. A week earlier his side had won with just 60 handballs when 130+ was the norm, but the same tactics fell flat against the young Roos.
Melbourne kicked a goal within the first minute of each quarter, and several times throughout the day had leads of four goals or more. They were five goals up before North had even entered their forward fifty for the first time, three of them to Brian Wilson, but slackened off and allowed North to whittle the lead back to just two goals at the end of the first term.
The Demons were still leading at the 30m mark of the last quarter before Wayne Schimmelbusch dashed down the members wing and kicked the goal which put them in front just before the siren. It was the last kick of the day.
Best were Wilson, Johnson and O'Sullivan
Melbourne 20.16.136 d. North Melbourne 17.15.117
Goals - Cordner 6, Williams 3, Yeats 3, Fidge 2, Wright 2, Armstrong 1, Ryan 1, Seddon 1, Matthews 1
Best - Bourke, Cordner, Fidge
North Melbourne 24.27.171 d. Melbourne 8.3.51
Goals - G. Marra 4, Lyon 2, J. Marra 1, Lyon 1 (Lyon listed twice)
Best - Styles, Brody, Smit
Football Record R7 1985