Essendon win by 10 points
Norm McDougall (10th game)
A disappointing campaign ended with Melbourne's 14th loss of 18 matches for the year.
With both teams out of contention for the finals they turned on a limp affair. Both teams had turned in terrible campaigns. The defending premiers had missed out on the top four while Melbourne went backwards despite blooding a number of new players.
Essendon built up a comfortable lead throughout the day before the Reds, with nine players in their side who would never turn out for them again, launched a spirited comeback in the final term to give the visitors a fright.
Charlie Lilley played a fine game for Melbourne in the middle before hurting his shoulder and going forward where he bagged a pair of goals.
Watt was Melbourne's best follower and both Tomkins and Allan were creditable. Dimsey, in his last game, also all of Pearce, Evans, Lugton and Incigneri impressed in defence.