Melbourne win by 24 points
Allan La Fontaine
After conceding top spot to St Kilda a week before and losing vice-captain Jack Mueller to suspension Melbourne were not given much chance of being the first team to win at the Junction Oval in 1939, but they shocked everyone with a comfortable win. In addition to the suspended Mueller they went in with 12 other players under an injury cloud and their roving stocks down to a skeleton staff.
From the first bounce the visitors were fastest to the ball, their forwards dominated and St Kilda were unable to break through a strong defence.
Melbourne kicked two quick goals in the last quarter to set up a match-winning lead. In response St Kilda could only manage two points, before later launching a comeback. They couldn't sustain the pressure, or kick straight, and were beaten comfortably.
Keith Truscott was reported by the boundary umpire for elbowing St Kilda's Maslen, but was found not guilty when the field umpire testified at the league tribunal that he could not recall the incident. Maslen also gave evidence that he wasn't hit by Truscott.
St Kilda 18.22 d. Melbourne 17.11
Goals - Fanning 9, Unknown 8