Carlton win by 14 points
It was a tough enough task to beat the undefeated Blues, but with a makeshift side wrecked by injuries the job was even more difficult. Seven changes had been forced on the selectors from the Round 4 winning side.
O'Keefe's selection proved a problem as he was meant to be the best-man at his brother's wedding in Seymour that afternoon. He had fought back from three cancer operations to play so he had to take his chance - it would turn out to be his last game.
The Elliot brothers Glenn, Robert and Bruce who had all been cleared from St. Kilda were the first three siblings to play in a match together since Collingwood's Twomeys in the 1950s, and only the third in league history.
By the end of the four quarters they hadn't managed to take home the four points, but they did recieve the admiration of their opposition. Carlton coach Alex Jesaulenko admitted he didn't even know who half the players they were lining up against were.
The experienced Glenn Elliott teamed with youngsters like Moir, Healy, Walters, Byrne, first game Bruce Elliott, Whitford and O'Donnell to put the Demons ahead at three quarter time, and with a favourable breeze in the last. Unfortunately a side missing eight senior players, including the captain-coach couldn't get to the line.
Ditterich was disappointed, but as Mike Sheahan said when writing in The Age the next day "Coaches can't expect to solve the problems of five years in a few weeks".
Carlton 21.20.146 d. Melbourne 13.16.94
Goals - Fitzsimmons 3, T. Flower 3, Roberts 2, Biffin 1, Code 1, Clayton 1, Lockwood 1, Maynard 1
Best - Sullivan, Clayton, Code
Melbourne 13.9.87 defeated Carlton 9.11.65
Goals - Thorne 5, Bardoel 3, Cochrane 2, Burn 1, Denko 1, Love 1
Best - Bickford, Logie, Greene
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