Footscray win by 80 points
Melbourne's disappointing season got even worse as they were beaten heavily at the Western Oval. It was a defeat reminiscent of some of the thumpings the Demons had suffered early in 1942, but if they had any excuse it was that 17 players were unavailable due to injury or war service.
After having more scoring shots in the first quarter the Demons were a disappointment in the second, and allowed another five goals to finish the match off in the third quarter before Footscray stormed to a huge win in the last game.
Despite having one win the loss dropped Melbourne to the foot of the table thanks to winless South Melbourne having earned four points for a bye and holding a better percentage. The last placed club would be excluded from the season after Round 11, so it was important for Melbourne to start winning soon.
Bradley, Dullard and Gibb were best.