Melbourne win by 33 points
With the axe expected to fall after a humiliating loss to Carlton in Round 7 coach and commitee decided to try something different, and they were rewarded. Instead of making wholesale changes Melbourne went in with the same side a week later and were comfortable winners.
The Cats on the other hand were the side in crisis. They hadn't won a game all season, and at one point were 55 points behind. The Cats reigned the margin in to 36 points at half-time, but under pressure Geelong coach Bill McMaster was still moved to deliver a spray and to his relief some of his players responded.
Five minutes into the last term they were within ten points with all the momentum, but their experienced players couldn't help them get over the line and Melbourne sent them back down the highway without the points. Ian Ridley took responsibility for his side's fatigue, saying "I've been training the boys extra hard in recent weeks. I'll have to go lighter on them now".
It was Melbourne's highest score against the Cats since 1957.
Melbourne 14.17 d. Geelong 10.10
Goals - Osborne 5, Dilnot 3, Carr 2, Burgmann 1, Gallus 1, McSpeerin 1, Morgan 1
Best - Osborne, Dilnot, C. Anderson
Melbourne 16.14.110 defeated Geelong 10.9.69
Goals - Curry 4, McGuinness 4, Tesoriero 3, Watts 3, McIlvenna 1, McMullin 1
Best - McGuinness, Giampaolo, Williamson