Melbourne win by 4 points
A last-round dead rubber match between two sides out of finals contention was the last chance to gain something from a poor season.
Essendon had a chance to win the game in the last minute when Geoff Gosper kicked towards an open goal. His shot rolled left of the post, though, and the match was lost.
Best were Aitken, Williams and Leahy. Smith (bruised back and chest) was replaced by Hardeman in the third quarter. Townend (ankle) was replaced by K. Osborne in the third quarter. Alves pulled a hamstring.
Melbourne 16.8 d. Essendon 9.15
Goals - Dowsing 3, Parke 3, Hoper 2, Sampson 2, Clarke 2, Langford 1, Feldmann 1, Wells 1, G. Smith 1
Best - Dowsing, Stewart, Parke
Essendon 18.10 d. Melbourne 5.2
Age - 28/08/1967