Essendon win by 48 points
In a day of high drama during an otherwise ordinary match Mark Jackson was reported for striking Ron Andrews with a clenched fist to the face during the third quarter, claiming at the tribunal that he'd done it because he'd been struck in the testicles. Jackson had already had his nose broken in three places during the first quarter. He was banned for two matches.
The forward was lucky not to be sanctioned by the league for hurling a beer can which had been thrown at him back into the crowd, and giving the supporters a two-finger salute. He was however fined by the club.
The antics between the sides didn't end start and end with the three-cornered contest between Jackson/Andrews and the crowd. Shortly before the final siren Simon Madden and Peter Giles engaged in brawl which eventually ended up involving a Demon trainer.
Somewhere amongst all the chaos was a football match and after an encouraging run of performances Barassi admitted that his side were "due for a bad one" but labelled the tackling as "the worst I've ever seen".
Best were Healy, Wilson and Battiston. Flower (thigh) was replaced in the selected squad by Hutchison. During the game O'Donnell (fractured cheekbone), Battiston (calf) and Icke (ankle) all suffered injuries.
Essendon 25.16.166 d. Melbourne 12.11.83
Goals - Cordner 3, Castles 2, Catoggio 1, Elshaug 1, Gordon 1, McGlashan 1, Nettlefold 1, Sutcliffe 1, Tossol 1
Best - Seddon, Nettlefold, Light
Melbourne 25.22 d. Essendon 7.7
Goals - Philby 5, Clarkson 4, Withers 4, McDonald 3, Ruglo 3, Bamblett 2, Fisher 2, Bergman 1, Distefano 1
Best - Withers, R. Fisher, Bamblett