Collingwood win by 9 points
Frank Williams (5th game)
Melbourne had put themselves back in the race for fourth place with a shock victory over top of the table Carlton a week earlier and now only needed to topple the Magpies on their home turf to sneak back in to the September action. In front of the Governor of Victoria Lord Huntingfield, the two sides put on an epic encounter with the prize of a spot in the finals on offer to the winner. Even a wind that often kept the ball congested on one side of the ground didn't detract from the spectacle.
It wasn't to be, but Melbourne gave a good account of themselves, never more than a few goals behind at any point during the day. They broke down across the half-forward line, and Gordon Jones struggled to get a kick at half-back. Towards the end of the first quarter scores were level, with Collingwood 1.7 to Melbourne's 2.1 before the home side kicked two quick goals - including Ron Todd's 100th of the season. The margin was out to 18 points late in the quarter before La Fontaine set up Baggott.
Firebrand speeches by the coaches ensured a tough game after the break, and the margin was down to six when Baggott kicked two. A melee broke out after Jack Mueller was felled, and shortly after scores were levelled. The gap extended to 19 again by the end of the quarter, and with the atmosphere inside Victoria Park at fever pitch, Melbourne slowly clawed their way back until they were just six points behind with a few minutes left - knowing that a draw wouldn't be good enough to see them qualify for the finals.
As time ticked away Melbourne kicked three behinds, including one to Percy Beames which landed in the goalsquare but bounced through for a point. Collingwood went down the other end where a split Ron Todd mark allowed Des Fothergill to crumb the winning goal. Beames was wasteful, kicking 1.6 and another on the full.
Best were Mueller, Wartman and Lock. Truscott was 19th man.
Collingwood 6.15 d. Melbourne 6.10