Collingwood win by 6 points
With Melbourne surprisingly having won two consecutive games in the league's second round after just six of 14 in the first stage they went into the clash against the Pies on neutral territory knowing that they could lose but as long as the margin was kept respectable they'd still qualify. They had to do it without Parkin and Lewis, and were further weakened when McGinis was hurt during the game.
While Collingwood attacked to try and force a significant win, Melbourne defended and deliberately kept the scores low. After the first quarter they spent the majority of the remainder of the game trying to retain possession. Rain and a greasy ball helped their cause.
The defence came into its own in the last quarter when they kept the otherwise dominant Pies scoreless. Despite defeat the margin was not enough for Collingwood to overcome Melbourne's percentage advantage in the sectional round ladder and the Reds progressed to the Semi Final.
Best were Moriarty - who was also reported for striking and suspended for two matches - Gardner and Wardill.
Australasian - 15/09/1900