Essendon win by 15 points
Last MFC Game
Having battled their way back to a position where they could mathematically still make the finals, Melbourne were gifted a golden chance to push the other contenders for fourth spot with a game against the bottom placed Essendon.
The match was marred by 'rough and tumble'. Phil Hunt was reported for striking and suspended for seven matches, he never played VFL football again. He had been thrown by Essendon's Martin and responded by striking him. For some time it looked as if the match would become a straight out melee between the sides.
When the game was restarted there was too much ill-feeling to allow a fair or friendly match, and the two sides played it in the spirit of a war. In the brief interludes when the match turned to football rather than players attempting to maim each other Essendon were the better side, and they won with a five goal last quarter.
Best were Pearce, Homan and Coutie.