Round 17, 1997
Collingwood vs Melbourne
Sunday, 27 July
Collingwood win by 52 points
Goalkickers: Sean Charles 3, Shaun Smith 3, Brent Grgic 2, Anthony McDonald 1, James McDonald 1, David Schwarz 1, Adem Yze 1
In his 235th consecutive game Jim Stynes completed ten straight years of football without missing a premiership match but the milestone was to be marked by yet another loss in the disappointing 1997 campaign.
After their best first half of the year Melbourne led by five goals at half time, but a stoush after the siren fired the Magpies up and they kicked nine unanswered goals to kill the contest. Adem Yze was reported for his part in the melee.
The trouble had started after quarter time when Paul Hopgood clashed with Paul Williams, but late in the second it flared after Matthew Francis was reporting for striking Stynes in the groin and then appeared to make contact with his leg while Stynes was on the ground.
Best were Brett Lovett, Glenn Lovett and Stynes. Adem Yze was fined his match payment and another weeks pay for wrestling. Shaun Smith suffered a cut face.
Collingwood 14.23.107 d. Melbourne 7.10.52
Goals - Bassett 2, Irving 1, Robertson 1, Gardiner 1, Winterton 1, DeCrespigny 1
Best - Lamprill, Irving, Robertson
"Demons left in shock by Magpie bounce-back" - The Age 27/07/1997
Football Record R18 1997