Melbourne win by 6 points
Jim Veal (3rd game)
The home side got off to a fast start in a poor quality first quarter, rising above an error strewn game to kick five goals straight and take a 21 point lead in the break. Melbourne reduced the lead to under a goal at half time before putting themselves in a winning position with a five goal burst in the third term.
Essendon had suffered two defeats in a row, and entered the game short on confidence but favoured by the breeze they scored five goals in a row. Melbourne cut the margin back to under a goal at half time and Essendon were never on top again. In comparison to Essendon's recent issues Melbourne had twice had big leads at quarter time, so coming from behind had been a different experience for them.
The Redlegs were faster and more determined than their opponents in the third quarter. Early in the quarter neither side showed any great form before Melbourne exploded with a burst of four goals in five minutes. It forced Essendon to recast their defence, and despite losing Davidson until midway through the last quarter after falling heavily, Melbourne opened up a ten point lead. Essendon had steadied late in the quarter and got a late goal to keep the opposition within range.
Essendon rallied again in the last quarter, and when Taylor injured his ankle and was reduced to limping about the field the home side started to gradually overhaul the lead. Veal was also left limping and the dual injuries forced Davidson back into the game despite still being dazed.
The margin got back to a point before Melbourne's defence held firm, and the attackers managed another goal. Taylor had limped back onto the ground forward, but down the other end Essendon missed a number of simple chances.
With the gap seven points on the bell Essendon kicked a point, making the final margin one straight kick and giving the Fuschias their first four game winning streak since 1915.
Best were Warne-Smith, Wittman and Moyes.
Melbourne 12.17.89 d. Essendon 10.6.66