South Melbourne win by 26 points
Melbourne had thrashed South comfortably Round 12 courtesy of a 65 point to one last quarter but in the first ever finals battle between the two sides they found them too difficult a proposition and lost the opportunity to playCollingwood in the Grand Final.
South had strengthened their defence since the last meeting between the sides, and with Percy Beames clearly playing unfit, the Demons were unable to put together any scoring pressure, while South kicked eight straight into third quarter before finally blemishing their perfect record. Melbourne were wasteful at the other end and failed to take their chances, whereas South booted five goals in nine minutes at the start of the second term.
The Demon rucks and defence stood up well under the Swans' bombardment, but there was only so long that they could hold back the tide. Up front Melbourne's forwards were wasteful when they got the ball and were held up by South's defence more often than not. Bert Taylor was thrashed in the ruck, and Melbourne tried to free him with a move to the flank but his opponent followed. Without him as a target the Demon attack was impotent. They were only saved a bigger defeat by South blotting their impressive accuracy by booting 2.10 in the last quarter.
Best were Fischer, Wartman and La Fontaine. Frank Roberts was suspended for two matches for charging.