Footscray win by 27 points
Despite having lost to Hawthorn in the Semi Final, Melbourne were expected to comfortably account for the Bulldogs. It was not to bed the case, the Dogs were as much as nine goals in front before they took their foot off the gas and let the Demons make the score respectable.
Kicking with the wind in the first quarter the Dogs comfortably accounted for Melbourne, holding them goalless. When they had their turn with the breeze the Demons managed just two goals of their own and by the end of the third quarter they were being thrashed.
With the wind in the last quarter there was the merest chance that the Demons might storm home with a famous win from 42 points down, but when the Dogs kicked the first goal of the term just thirty seconds in their fate was sealed.
Bulldog Merv Hobbs took a gigantic grab over Trevor Johnson that was dubbed 'Mark of the Century'.
Melbourne won the free kick count 33-27 but lost on kicks and marks. Brian Dixon was Melbourne's top kick getter with 22 despite suffering facial injuries.
Dixon was Melbourne's best, alongside Kenneally and Trevor Johnson.
It was the first time Melbourne had failed to qualify for the Grand Final in six seasons.
Football Record 1961 Grand Final