Melbourne win by 5 points
Despite losing Fred Fanning and Ted Cordner to interstate duty and Col McLean to injury the Demons extended their winning streak to six. Without Fanning the Melbourne attack was incredibly wayward, becoming only the second team all season to have more than 25 scoring shots against the Dons, but only managing nine goals from their 33 scores.
Melbourne were the more impressive side in the first quarter, using handball to play-on consistently. The lead was nine at half time, before extending to 23 at half time. They began the third quarter smartly and should have extended the margin further, but kicked six behinds in a row.
By the last change the margin was unchanged, but kicking 1.13 in the second half nearly cost them dearly. Essendon stormed home to level the scores before Mueller goalled to restore his side's lead. Bomber Jack Jones had a chance to level the scores with a late kick at goal but hit the post and Melbourne held on to win.
The win left the Demons in fifth place, still 7% behind Carlton.
Melbourne 12.9 d. Essendon 10.19