South Melbourne win by 34 points
First game and first goal
Despite being embroiled in a media controversy surrounding the potential appointment of Ron Barassi as coach in 1981 the Demons players ran a finals contender to the last few minutes for the second week in a row.
It took South until the final minutes of the game to slam on four goals and win comfortably, and Melbourne's good performance came despite Robert Flower being almost completely tagged out of the game.
Carl Ditterich was carpeted by the VFL for criticising the umpiring during the match. He suggested that Brent Crosswell had been unfairly dealt with on the day. Crosswell had received one free kick and given away four. The club were fined $500 for Carl's outburst.
South Melbourne 22.17.149 d. Melbourne 17.11.113
Goals - Coles 5, Woodman 4, O'Donnell 3, Fola 1, Hunnibell 1, Rowe 1, Seaton 1, Whitfort 1
Best - O'Brien, Coles, Seaton
Melbourne 14.12.96 d. South Melbourne 9.7.61
Goals - Tossol 3, Fanning 2, McCarthy 2, Battiston 1, Bell 1, Corrigan 1, Fidge 1, Kelly 1, O'Dwyer 1, Cooper 1
Best - McKissick, Ford, McCarthy