Fitzroy win by 8 points
With star Fitzroy player Descrimes a late withdrawal after coming off second best in a tram accident their fans became nervous about the result, especially with three other good players out. Melbourne also had their issue with absences; Moodie, Moysey and Sowden all out of the side.
Luckily for the Maroons after a slow start they burst away to a three goal lead in the second quarter before losing another player to an injured ankle, and anotehr to a broken collarbone at three-quarter time. In the midst of the carnage they had manage to increase their lead by a point in the third quarter and despite playing with just 16 in the final term and failing to score they held on to win.
Melbourne couldn't break through the desperate Fitzroy defence in the last quarter for more than one goal and fell eight points short.
Best were McGinis, Wardill and V. Cumberland.
Despite the loss Melbourne remained in third place on the league ladder.
Argus - 31/07/1899