Melbourne win by 29 points
Last MFC Game
Needing to win almost every game for the rest of the season to make the finals, Melbourne were almost assured of victory against South - who had just one victory all season - but needed to significantly boost their percentage so that it would play a factor in any tiebreaking required at the end of Round 18.
They got the result they required, but not by the margin they'd have hoped for with South gamely holding on all day to avoid a thrashing.
The win pushed Melbourne back inside the top four, in front of Richmond, but with three difficult games to be played to end the season and an inferior percentage which they had failed to boost against poor teams it was still going to be a tough call to qualify for the finals.
Melbourne 15.9 d. South Melbourne 4.10
Goals - Fanning 7, Alsop 2, Anderson 2, Barton 2
Best - Benjamin, Neenan, Fanning
Football Record R16 1938