Melbourne win by 52 points
3 - Russell Richards
1 - David Allday
John Northey reacted savagely to his side's fifth straight loss and made seven changes - with six omissions - to the side that had lost to Geelong a week earlier. Ted Fidge repaid the coach's faith by kicking four goals despite starting the day on the interchange and Melbourne had their third win of the season.
At the end of the ground Paul Payne was thrashing Simon Beasley and along with Robin White was providing a handy springboard for the midfielders and forwards. Even David Cordner, former boom full forward, looked comfortable down back in his first game of the year after recovering from a shoulder injury while Jeremy Nichols had the best of Doug Hawkins on a wing in his first match.
The most surprising winner for the Dees was David Allday who was given the task of playing in the ruck so that Peter Moore could be at full-forward. He completely dominated Andrew Purser in the centre and allowed Moore to boot four goals.
Best were Payne, Allday and Lyon
Melbourne 17.16.118 d. Footscray 18.9.117
Goals - Stynes 5, F. Rugolo 3, Fordes 3, Bailey 2, Barclay 2, Lovett 1, Allardice 1
Best - Fordes, Lovett, Allardice
Footscray 15.13.103 d. Melbourne 11.8.74
Goals - Wilson 3, Lovett 2, Hewitson 2, Brodie 1, Normington 1, Taglieri 1, Opyrchal 1
Best - Smith, Hewitson, Martello