Fitzroy win by 125 points
The undermanned Melbourne side, cobbled together after the war from the players who were left from 1915 and anybody else they could get their hands on, had been brave all season but as the rest of the year wore on the makeshift team started to struggle terribly, beginning to resemble the old University teams for being uncompetitive.
It seemed like the season had hit rock bottom a week earlier against Collingwood when they were thrashed by 105 points, but Brunswick Street it became even uglier. Their biggest ever loss at the ground came courtesy of Bob Merrick booting 12 for the winners as Fitzroy attempted to boost their percentage in the battle for the top four. In the end their attempts to feed Merrick were counter-productive as they missed several good chances on goal.
Unlike the Collingwood game when they had at least been competitive until quarter time Melbourne were destroyed from the word go, and a five goal deficit at quarter time became 13 after a scoreless second quarter.
Not surprisingly it was Fitzroy's biggest ever league score at the time. It was Melbourne's lowest since they kicked 0.8 against South Melbourne in 1912.
Best were Tonkin, McKenzie and Boddington.