Collingwood win by 13 points
Both teams were still a chance of making the top four, but where Melbourne's chances were very slim, Collingwood were right in the thick of the battle with a game advantage and they earned a much needed victory.
With the Governor, his wife and the Chief Justice all in attendance the two sides put on a good quality game. Melbourne got the first goal from a free kick, and had the second as well before Collingwood dragged one back at the end of the quarter. Two goals each saw Melbourne extend their lead by one point at half time.
Despite the loss of Fitzpatrick, who was injured, Melbourne attacked first in the third quarter but were kept out by Collingwood's strong half-back line. Down the other end the Pies kicked six behinds in a row before finally taking the lead through a goal.
Collingwood were the better side in the last quarter, kicking a goal in the opening seconds. For the first three quarters Melbourne had been the better side in every aspect other than the ruck, but now the Pies took over. They kicked 2.1 to 0.1 and clinched the game with a goal shortly before the bell. The loss ended Melbourne's finals hopes.
Best were Wright, Pearce and Nolan.