Melbourne stunned the Western Oval faithful by opening up a 35 point lead at quarter time, but as would so often happen at Footscray all the scoring was to one end of the ground and by half time the Tricolours had struck back to take a five point lead.
From there the scoring died down, and the margin was cut to a single point at the last change of ends. Each team was inaccurate and lost chances to win in the last quarter, but both kicked poorly and the game ended in a tie.
Footscray had been the better side of the middle two quarters, but their diabolical showing in the first had cost them maximum points.
Best were Usher, Collins and Wittman. Tymms and Davidson suffered injuries.
Melbourne 12.12 d. Footscray 10.12