Melbourne win by 9 points
With Governor Lord Huntingfield looking on, the Blues scored first with a point and it was to tell the story of their day. Their next two scores were points as well, and they were missing out on a golden opportunity to steal an early lead in front of the big September crowd. They got the first 1.3 before Melbourne opened their account, but over the next 10 minutes the Redlegs replied with 2.4 to take the league.
The defence of both teams was sound early and the game became a physical struggle. It took until late in the quarter for Melbourne o kick away with three goals. The lead was out to four goals early in the second term before Carlton reduced the gap to 11, but for the second quarter all the late goals went with the Reds and despite losing Maurie Gibb to injury early on with a compound dislocation of the thumb they jumped to a 22 point lead at half-time.
Te Blues had more of the ball in the third term they were unable to capitalise and kicked just 3.7 to Melbourne's 3.4.
Harry Vallence kicked his 600th goal for the Blues in the last term, but the inaccuracy of his teammates found them 11 points down midway through the quarter. A Jack Mueller screamer which "brought down the house" seemed to fire the Blues up but they missed two more chances to cut the margin to under a goal and Melbourne held on. Muller took 16 marks for the day and was best on ground.
In a match which the Age described as "one of the grandest fighting finishes seen for years", the Carlton president was reported to have "almost burst into tears" at the final bell.
Jack Mueller and Harry Long attempt to spoil Harry Vallence with no luck
Labor Call gives the crowd as 54,693
Herald - 08/09/1936
Labor Call - 10/09/1936
Herald - 11/09/1936
Herald - 11/09/1936
Herald - 12/09/1936
Weekly Times - 12/09/1936
Age - 14/09/1936
Argus - 14/09/1936
Labor Call - 17/09/1936
Football Record 1936 Finals
Blueseum match report