Fitzroy win by 3 points
After earning their first win of the season a week earlier Melbourne faced a tough task against the Maroons in heavy fog but almost pulled off a surprise victory.
Despite the relative strength of the two sides they played out a high standard game. Riley got the first of the match for Melbourne, and they got the first three games of the match before Fitzroy struck back and cut the margin to two at quarter time.
Melbourne had slightly the better of the second quarter, retaining a narrow lead at half time. In the third quarter the visitors continued to play a tough brand of football, winning the ruck and in the air but conceded the lead and only won it back when Margitich kicked a goal on the bell to give his side a one point lead.
Fitzroy opened up a two goal lead in the last quarter, turning back many attacks by the opposition. Replacement Johnson, who had come on for an injured Vanthoff at the start of the quarter, cut the gap to two points with a goal.
In the dying seconds umpire McMurray failed to hear the bell and as Fitzroy supporters celebrated victory George Margitich had a shot on goal that would have won the match, but he missed. The umpire and players didn't realise that the game was over until they saw fans running onto the field. Melbourne claimed that the ball had gone through the goal and they should have won by two points.
Last minute addition Power was Melbourne's best, along with Ogden and Long.
Johnson replaced an injured Vanthoff early in the last quarter.
Melbourne 16.7 d. Fitzroy 12.12