Saturday July 28 - Erskineville Oval
New South Wales 3.1, 9.8, ?, 14.12.96
Melbourne 3.4, 5.5, ?, 10.14.74
New South Wales win by 18 points
Goalkickers: Harker 5, Elliman 3, Lord 1, Taylor 1
Melbourne entered the game having lost six league games in a row, while New South Wales fielded 16 players who had recently represented the state against Victoria.
The visitors were better in the air, but the home side were faster to the ball and superior in play around the ground. A six goal to two second quarter was the difference. Melbourne were seriously hampered by missing rovers Haines and Moore.
Best were Elliman, Lord and Tulloh.
Allen, Abernethy, Chadwick, Coy, Collins, Dunbar, Elliott, Elliman, Flanagan, Lord, Makin, Mollison, Peck, Harker, Shelton, Taylor, Tulloch, Thomas, P. Wilson (c), A. Wilson
Listed as a "Sydney Combination" team in some sources, and some sources give Melbourne's score as 10.13.73.