Saturday August 12 - Narandera Park Oval
Riverina League 28, 48, 57, 8.20.68
Melbourne 25, 53, 80, 15.19.109
Melbourne win by 41 points
The match was played at a fast pace, but as the game went on Melbourne's superior training and teamwork showed out. The combined side blew many chances through individual play, but they start with a rush and kicked the first two goals before Roberts hit back for Melbourne. The league had a three point lead at quarter time, but Melbourne took a five point lead into half time. Riverina were as much as 13 points behind during the quarter before the Reds kicked two quick goals to cut the gap.
Class and conditioning finally came to the fore in the third, with Melbourne opening up a match-winning lead by kicking 27 points to nine behinds. The locals added more singles in the opening minutes of the last before the visitors ran away.
Five members of the Melbourne side travelled to the game by aeroplane, but Bob Johnson missed the game as he wouldn't fly.
Bill Adams (19th man), Noel Barnett, Reg Conole, Bill Deague, Rowley Fischer, Don Hooper, E. Jepson, Les Jones, Harry Long, Charlie Longhurst, George Margitich, Archie Roberts, Alan Ryan, Jack Sambell, Bill Tymms, Cliff Tyson, Ray Usher, Francis Vine, Ivor Warne-Smith
Warne-Smith was originally selected as 19th man.