Melbourne win by 24 points
Another win, and another step closer to the five for the Demons who were embarking on one of their periodic false dawns. At the Lake Oval Norm Smith was having a torrid time of his own, clashing with the committee amidst speculation that he would soon be asked to stand down as Swans coach.
His old side, now seven years on from his first sacking, did Smith no favours. Only a handful of players remained who had been coached with him, and even though his old mate Brian Leahy had quit as South recruiting officer during the week there were still more Smith men at the Swans than who remained with Melbourne.
George Lakes was playing against his old side after being cleared just a fortnight earlier, but he was easily beaten by captain Frank Davis and a rare four quarter performance from Graham Molloy in his 50th game helped get his side over the line.
The only thing that took the shine off the victory was that half of Melbourne's goals had come from free kicks in front of goal.
Best were Hardeman, Molloy and Brewer. Biffin (thigh) was replaced by Dillon in the third quarter.
Melbourne 13.16 d. South Melbourne 13.11
Goals - Harrold 4, McSpeerin 2, Osborne 2, Clark 1, Delmenico 1, McDonald 1, Rollinson 1, Yeo 1
Best - Clark, Osborne, Yeo
Melbourne 18.17 d. South Melbourne 6.11
Goals - McIlvena 4, McLean 4, Tesoriero 4, Flower 2, Giampaolo 2, R. Macdonald 1, Perrett 1, Peters 1
Best - Giampaolo, Tesoriero, Watts