Collingwood win by 55 points
After a narrow loss to Geelong in their first final, the Demons went into the knockout Preliminary Final wracked with injuries, and suffered a disappointing loss which put them out in straight sets.
On a day where strong winds wreaked havoc across Melbourne and its suburbs, a 60mph breeze blowing across the ground made conditions difficult and ruined any chance of scientific football. With the ball impossible to judge in the air most of the action took place on the ground and it led to a brutal spectacle. The heavy players on both sides started the clashing from the first bounce when Lewis and Collier ran into each other.
With two flags on the grandstand being ripped apart by the wind, neither team scored for the first 15 minutes. Collingwood eventually broke the drought then went on to boot the first five goals of the game. Melbourne kicked the last of the quarter to stay in touch with the last two goals, including one to Allan La Fontaine who had recovered from being bumped heavily earlier in the quarter.
Rain threatened to add to the difficult conditions during the second term, but Melbourne kept up the momentum and managed to level the scores at 5.3 apiece before a wild brawl broke out. Collingwood added another point before half-time to take the lead into the long break.
Heavy showers finally fell during half time. The wet conditions favoured Collingwood and they ran riot in the second half while keeping the Demons to a single goal. By three quarter time the game was over, and Melbourne's season was finished.
Best were Truscott, Chandler and Roberts. John Lewis was charged with striking but found not guilty.
B: Ogden, Kinnear, Chandler
HB: G. Jones, Mueller, Roberts
C: McNamara, La Fontaine, Buckley
HF: Lock, Baggott, Truscott
F: Penberthy, Smith, L. Jones
Foll: Lewis, Fischer, Beames
Emg: Barassi, Foster, Emselle