St Kilda win by 2 points
First Game as Coach
Melbourne started as favourites against the eventual wooden-spooners but fell agonisingly short in a thrilling match. Despite a strong performance in the ruck by Bob Corbett he was let down by his fellow centremen, with Alf Wilson in particular given a bath on the wing after a late start to training due to cricket commitments.
The visitors had a more settled side, with just one new recruit added while St Kilda had three including ex-Fuschia Harry Tampling. They dominated the first quarter but kicked poorly and only managed two goals from 10 scoring shots. Their accuracy was better in the second term and they went int othe third quarter with a 10 point lead.
Both teams peaked in the third quarter and Melbourne further extended their lead with a five goal to four term - with four of the majors coming through Elliman. St Kilda got a late goal to stay in touch but went into the final term 13 points down, and then kicked two goals in the first two minutes of the last term to slash the margin to a point. Three behinds to Melbourne left them four in front with a minute to play before St Kilda goalled with the last kick of the day to win.
Field umpire Jack McMurray was quoted as saying it was one of the "most pleasant matches" he had ever officiated and he dished out 54 free kicks to St Kilda and 31 to Melbourne on the day. The day was less pleasant for the father of St Kilda player W. Cubbins who suffered a heart attack in the crowd during the exciting finish and later passed away.
Melbourne's best were Mollison, Tulloh and Donaldson.
Melbourne 13.19 d. St Kilda 10.4
Goals - Parker 6, Davis 4, Atknson 2, Bowman 1
Best - Robertson, Parker, Brownbill