South Melbourne win by 11 points
Having got to the edge of the top four after six consecutive wins the Demons blew their chance to replace Carlton with a surprise loss to a 6-8 Swans side who were coming off their lowest score in years the previously Saturday.
It was not to be Melbourne's day at the Junction Oval. South managed four goals into the wind, and Melbourne's followers weren't getting their hit-outs anywhere near the centre players - who were being well held by their opponents.
They took the lead with the breeze in the second, and held Melbourne well in the third to be just four points behind with the use of it in the last term. South hit the lead early in the 4th, but Fred Fanning - who had been well held all day - came to life and goes be he and Mueller kept the match interesting.
The two sides duelled through the rest of the term, but when Grossman kicked a late goal for South it was over.
Best for Melbourne were McGrath, Mitchell and Deans. 19th and 20th men were Byfield and Scanlan.
Luckily for the Demons their rivals for fourth place Carlton were also surprisingly beaten, leaving the two sides in the same position they had been at the end of the previous week's games.
Melbourne 16.18 d. South Melbourne 9.10