Melbourne win by 17 points
A disappointing run early in the season meant that even though they had won four in a row, and it was only round 13, that Melbourne's final four chances rested on the result of the match. They went in as favourites and got the points - drawing level with the fourth placed Blues on points but still trailing on percentage.
The game was played in difficult conditions, with wind keeping the ball confined to one end of the ground and regularly tricking players trying to mark or contest throw-ins. The conditions worked against the high marking, long kicking game that the Demons favoured.
Carlton's wasteful performance with the wind in the first quarter cost them, kicking two goals from free kicks then adding only 1.9 for the rest of the quarter. Melbourne refused to adopt negative tactics and were rewarded with two goals into the breeze. They were almost as bad using the wind, kicking 5.8 but crucially keeping the Blues scoreless in the second quarter. Back at the scoring end, the Blues got back within a goal at three quarter time despite valiant play by Melbourne's backmen.
In the last quarter when the Demons were kicking with the wind Carlton kept them at bay for 22 minutes, before Melbourne kicked two late goals to confirm their victory. Melbourne's midfield was the most important factor in winning the match, with Dockett, Dowsing and Rule the best on ground.
Billy Deans was reported for charging but found not guilty. Reserves were Dullard and F. Kennedy.
Carlton 16.10.106 d. Melbourne 13.11.89
Blueseum match report