Saturday 2 July - MCG
Essendon 3.12 (half time 2.8-0.6)
Essendon win by 1 goal
Goalkickers: Billy Stiffe 2
Unbeaten all-season Melbourne were leading in most of the unofficial premiership calculations before suffering a shock defeat. They started well, with Billy Stiffe getting both goals in the first half before Essendon stormed home in the second with three to win.
Best were Aitken, Rannard and Stiffe.
Australasian - 09/07/1881