Melbourne win by 36 points
Early in their clash at the MCG, North Melbourne looked to be more than a match for their opponents. With Wayne Schwass running riot the Roos even took a lead into quarter time. In the second term, Yeats broke even on Schwass whose teammates were unable to step up in his absence, and after the break the Demons kicked 14 goals to seven.
The Age said Melbourne simply had too many torches blazing, and its strengths were the Roo's weaknesses - like an open and functioning forward line, led by full-forward Darren Bennett, and including Warren Dean at half-forward and, naturally, the brilliant Garry Lyon on a flank
Earl Spalding suffered a strained hamstring, Darren Bennett a sprained ankle, Sean Wight a bruised shoulder. In his 50th game ((Steven O'Dwyer|Steven ODwyer)) was reporting for abusing an umpire but cleared.
John Northey said: "It was the best four quarters we have put in for a while. Once you start kicking a few goals it keeps the enthusiasm there and the players running for you".
North Melbourne 17.14.116 d. Melbourne 9.4.58
Goals - Farrell 3, T. Viney 2, Connolly 2, Mahoney 1, Beveridge 1, Howat 1
Best - Rohde, Campbell, T. Viney
Reports - Peter Rennie for striking
Melbourne 16.16 d. Footscray 6.4
Goals - Ahern 4, B. Stynes 3, Putamorsi 3, Lamb 3, Fedoruk 1, Fanning 1, Cuthbertson 1
Best - Putamorsi, Ahern, Solyom