Melbourne win by 23 points
In the second half of a split round to coincide with the interstate carnival the Demons extended their club record unbeaten streak to 16 matches with a relatively comfortable win over the Swans.
South played determined football and were put away by a six goals run in the second quarter. The visitors won the second half and never gave in, but the 1956 Melbourne juggernaut continued as they further firmed as the hottest premiership favourites in living memory. It equalled their best ever start to a season, set the previous year.
Best were Beckwith, Williams and McMahen. McGivern (back) was replaced by Sandral and Dixon (shoulder) by Gleeson.
South Melbourne 7.19 d. Melbourne 3.10