Mired at the bottom of the ladder without a win for their efforts, 1986 had been a long season for Graham Gellie and his Saints by the time Melbourne visited Moorabbin in Round 13. When Greg Healy kicked the first goal of the game for the visitors early in the first quarter, it seemed that the run of outs would continue. Nobody told Greg Burns, Tony Lockett or David Grant who became the driving forces in a Saints performance that warmed the hearts of the 11,242 fans who braved the elements to cheer them on.
Plugger, Bradley Gotch and Burns would answer Healy’s goal to give the home team the ascendancy by the midway point of the opening quarter but Alan Jarrott and Danny Hughes would keep the Demons in the contest. David Grant would kick his first for the afternoon before Healy would kick his second to close the margin to three points. It would prove to be the last time Melbourne challenged with the Saints kicking nine goals to one between time on in the first quarter and the three-quarter time siren. Phil Narkle (with two), Grant (with another three), Lockett (two), Andrew Manning and Burns doing the damage on the scoreboard.
The last quarter would see two goals a piece kicked with Plugger adding a fourth and Trevor Barker the exclamation point on a dominant afternoon for the red, black and white. When the final siren sounded the margin was 51 points, a fair reflection of a dominant afternoon for Gellie’s men.