Melbourne win by 32 points
Stephen Kerley (15th game)
With a scheduling kink the only the way the Demons played in September 1972 they took on the Lions on a day Fitzroy farewelled Kevin Murray - for the first time - and spoiled Murray's party with a comfortable five goal win.
After a close first quarter the Demons took the ascendancy in the second and never looked back. Murray took a lap of honour around the ground at the end of the day but with both sides missing out on finals it was Ian Ridley who looked toward 1973 with more positivity, naming Greg Wells, Greg Parke and Ross Brewer as important players for the next year.
Best were Wells, Alves and Davis
Melbourne 20.23 d. Fitzroy 11.11
Goals - Sinclair 3, Dilnot 3, Collins 3, McSpeerin 3, Anderson 3, Clark 2, Queay 1, MacDonald 1, Taylor 1
Best - Clark, Sinclair, Collins
Melbourne 26.22 d. Fitzroy 11.14
Goals - McLean 4, Potter 4, Slade 4, Tesoriero 4, Giampaolo 3, Curry 2, Flower 2, McMullin 2, R. Macdonald 1
Best - R. Macdonald, McGuinness, Giampaolo
Age - 04/09/1972
Inside Football - 09/09/1972
Football Record 1972 finals