September 1 1956
Melbourne 2.5, 4.9, 5.14, 7.23.65
South Melbourne 4.2, 4.6, 6.8, 8.11.59
Melbourne win by 6 points
Goalkickers: Crameri 2, Longney 2, Collopy 1, Bull 1, Atkinson 1
Despite absymal kicking for goal the Demons managed to hold off a last quarter charge by the Swans to join their senior side in going straight to the Grand Final.
South had been the better side in the first half, and despite having limited attacking opportunities they made the best of them. The Demons wrested back a slight lead at quarter time then kicked 1.5 into the wind in the third quarter. Even with the aid of the breeze they were inaccurate in the final term, and scores were level until a string of six straight points got them over the line.
Best were Kerr, Pinfold and Bull.
B: Pinfold, Hayes, Jones
HB: Thorogood, Lord, Case
C: Dunkerley, Kerr, Brenchley
HF: Lay, Cook, Collopy
F: Mountain, Crameri, Longney
Foll: Wilson, Atkinson, Bull
INT: Tossol, Dunsford
EMG: Williamson, Boyle, Clay, Fitzgerald