Melbourne win by 4 points
In a low scoring match on a heavy surface Melbourne were never more than a goal in front at any of the changes, and couldn't get off the leash in the last quarter. They spent the last few minutes of the match dug-in inside their own defence, defending grimly.
One point separated the sides with eight minutes to play, after which St Kilda scored four behinds to Melbourne's decisive 1.1. In the end Melbourne's ruck dominance and match winning wing play by Brian Dixon contributed to the result.
The win left Melbourne a game clear at the top and three games inside the top the top two with five games to play.
St Kilda 7.17 d. Melbourne 4.10
Goals - Eastgate 2, R. Rolfe 1, Carroll 1
Best - B. Leahy, Hicks, Strachov
St Kilda 8.11 d. Melbourne 6.9
Goals - Anderson 3, Predl 1, Leahy 1, Hancy 1
Best - Mooney, Weidlich, Anderson