Geelong win by 73 points
2 - Jim Stynes
Melbourne's disappointing season was well over by the time they travelled to Kardinia Park to take on the best attacking side in the competition. With Gary Ablett out of the side, and Bill Brownless held to two, it was former West Coast defender Geoff Miles, playing just his ninth game of the season and recalled due to injuries, who kicked a career best seven goals in an easy win.
Conditions in Geelong weren't conducive to good football, but in rain and freezing wind, Melbourne dominated the first 15 minutes but were inaccurate. They held a three point lead at the break but wasted the wind by only registering two goals from 12 scoring shots. Then Geelong took over, kicking 13 goals to two over the next two quarters, including seven in heavy rain against the wind during the third term.
Melbourne only managed one more goal as a team than Miles, and that was thanks mainly to four goals in the last quarter. Jim Stynes entered the game under an injury cloud after playing for Victoria during the week, but was the only player who went close to beating his opponent on the day.
Best were J. Stynes, G. Lovett and Obst.
John Northey blamed his side's wasteful start, and said: "It seemed to just drain every player that we had out there and we had nothing until the last 15 minutes".
Melbourne 17.14.116 d. Geelong 16.15.111
Goals - Jakovich 3, Bennett 3, Eishold 3, Wight 3, Mahoney 1, Beveridge 1, Doyle 1, McKay 1, Bouw 1
Best - White, Burgmann, B. Stynes
Reported - Lemon (striking)
Age has the attendance as 19,769