Footscray win by 9 points
Robert B Johnson
Having been almost sure of finishing first three weeks before, the Demons had lost to Collingwood and drawn with Fitzroy. The draw hadn't hurt them due to Carlton losing elsewhere, and a visit to the Western Oval was a chance to further strengthen their position.
They were made heavy favourites by tipsets, but it wasn't to be, and for the third straight week Melbourne came out of a close game without a win.
With Demon captain John Beckwith absent due to a self-imposed exile to the Seconds where he hoped to find form, the lowly, young Bulldogs tore into their opponents with vigour and put them off their natural game. The Demons were disappointingly slow and lost confidence as the match went on.
Pinfold's three goals came in his only match for the season.
Melbourne 12.12 d. Footscray 7.5
Goals - Nilsson 4, Crompton 3, Brenchley 2, Buswell 1, Mann 1, Stevens 1
Best - Gleeson, Crompton, Beckwith
Melbourne 13.12 d. Footscray 2.9
Goals - J. Leahy 3, Bosch 3, Russell 2, Jeffrey 2, Miller 1, Anderson 1, Clarke 1
Best - Rolfe, J. Leahy, Edwards