Melbourne win by 2 points
Melbourne's up and down form continued on the narrow Glenferrie Oval, a ground which they had traditionally had trouble winning at. A week before they had obliterated Collingwood in the victory of the season, but were forced to rely on a superior amount of scoring shots to beat the Mayblooms despite kicking one less goal.
As well as the irreguarly sized ground the weather was also a great leveller, with pouring rain adding to windy and cold conditions to rob the match any chance of being a spectacle. Players were forced to adopt soccer style tactics in the slush which hit all six league games on the day.
The injured Wartman, hobbling around the forward line, got the winning goal in the last couple of minutes.
Lock was Melbourne's best. Ron Barassi was reported for striking and suspended for 4 matches.
Hawthorn - and the weather - stopped Melbourne's VFL record streak of century scores at 10. Despite the narrow victory Melbourne remained top of the ladder.
Melbourne 16.18 d. Hawthorn 6.5
Other sources have the Seconds score as 6.4.40
Football Record R12 1939