Melbourne win by 19 points
In the week where Australian troops distinguished themselves in the Dardanelles, Alf George made his return after spending a year coaching North Melbourne and the Fuschias managed to equal their total wins of season 1914 by just the third week of the new year. Harry Brereton had a been a big loss when he'd sat out the 1913 and 1914 seasons after leading the league's goalkicking in three of the four previous years and his five goal haul proved crucial to the club's victory.
In an entertaining match Melbourne won with a superior aerial attack and ruck. The new look forward line was functioning superbly, and despite the visitors putting up a respectable score they were comfortably beaten. Geelong kicked the first three goals of the game, and at one stage in the second quarter were in front by six goals to two before the Fuschias took over to take a four point lead at half time. Geelong wasn't helped by injury woes, having to replace two players before the game, then seeing another two injure their ankles in the first quarter.
The rest of the game was well contested, with Melbourne never headed again but with the margin under a goal four times. In the second half Evans was sent to Geelong's Orchard who had been best on ground up then and quietened him. A goal after the siren to Baquie made the margin look even more respectable.
The victory lifted the Reds to the giddy heights of third on the league ladder.