Round 10, 1985
Melbourne vs Sydney
Saturday 1 June
Melbourne win by 17 points
Goalkickers: Sean Wight 3, Peter Giles 2, Brian Wilson 2, Mark Withers 2, Adrian Battiston 1, Ted Fidge 1, Gerard Healy 1, Alan Jarrott 1, Alan Johnson 1, Shane Zantuck 1
2 - Gerard Healy
1 - Alan Jarrott
After the Demons big loss the week before, Swans coach John Northey had predicted that his side would beat Melbourne by five goals in the wet and ten if it was dry.
His extraordinary confidence lasted until half-time when after the Swans got a jump with seven goals in the first term the scores were level. It took until the second quarter for Melbourne to get on top of the Swans forwards and to develop an effective half-forward line of their own.
With the Swans trying to play negative football Brian Wilson was switched onto the ball from full-forward, but it was Barassi's other tactical masterstroke which got his side over the line. With the scores level at the last break he switched Peter Giles from half-back flank to centre half-forward and Giles used to height to help guide Melbourne home.
After the match Barassi admitted he'd used Northey's prediction as part of his pre-match rev-up, and when a journalist tried to lure him into the same trap by asking about Melbourne's next clash with Richmond he said "a win by a point will do us".
Best were Zantuck, Gerald Healy and O'Sullivan
Melbourne 29.15.189 d. Sydney 10.17.77
Goals - Templeton 7, Wright 4, O'Brien 3, Newport 3, Ryan 2, Ward 2, Hutchinson 2, Yeats 1, Matthews 1
Best - Allday, Templeton, Ward
Melbourne 23.14.152 d. Sydney 6.8.44
Canberra Times - 02/06/1985
Age - 03/06/1985