Carlton win by 98 points
Best and Fairest
20 - Matthew Collins
19 - Shane Woewodin
16 - Peter Walsh
11 - Steven Febey
9.5 - Anthony Ingerson
After conceding a 34 point lead at half time against the Bulldogs in Round 12 and losing their previous three the Demons might have fancied their chances to beat a Carlton side who had won just eight from 23 at the MCG, coming off a six day break after a punishing class for West Coast. Melbourne were keen to get their title challenge back on track against the Blues at the MCG but by 5pm it seemed like their season was rapidly sliding out of control.
After a tight first quarter, albeit one where David Schwarz had gifted the Carlton a goal by giving away two 50m penalties for disputing the umpire's decision, the Blues started to pull away. As late as 17 minutes into the second term Melbourne were in front, but by three quarter time they were 44 down with worse to come - a ten goal to one last quarter destroyed the Demons who saw their stars go missing for the second week in a row, dropping to their fourth loss in five games. After having won every last quarter of the year until their round 12 loss to the Bulldogs, Melbourne were outscored ten goals to one in the same period this week.
Peter Walsh was one of the Demons' few winners on the day, tagging the dangerous Scott Camporeale. Whelan and Ingerson were also amongst the best on a terrible day.
Neale Daniher, who barred his players from speaking to the media after the defeat, said "We are a young side that has just lost its way. We are probably not that strong a club just yet to be able to win games week after week after week, but what we have to do is face the challenges that other clubs have."
Blueseum match report
"Blue murder at the G" - The Sunday Age 04/06/2000
"Dashing Dees lose their lustre" - The Sunday Age 04/06/2000
"Carlton gives Demons a big dose of the Blues" - The Sunday Age 04/06/2000