Saturday 26 August - Saxon Paddock, Ballarat
Melbourne 1.7 (half time 2.5 - 1.3)
Ballarat win by 1 goal
Goalkicker: Stiffe 1
The Reds travelled with only 10 of their first choice players and six other fill-ins.
Ballarat turned back Melbourne's initial attack and scored several behinds in a row before Melbourne got their first. The locals then scored the first goal before Stiffe equalised matters.
After several more behinds Ballarat scored the second goal from a place kick.
No further goals were scored after half-time, and for most of the second half the locals had the better of the play but were unable to score.
Best were Murphy, Rannard and Longden.
Aitken, Booth. Longden, Morris, Morrison, McKenzie, McDonald, Duncan, Douglas, Carr, Nicholson, Power, Power, Pitcher, Rannard, Robertson, Sloman, Syme, Thewlis, Ulbrick
Some sources say Melbourne had 10 fill-ins. Murphy and Chalmers from Albion Imperial and two Ballarat players were amongst the fill-ins.