Melbourne win by 1 points
In a dead rubber with no bearing on the future of either side they nevertheless turned out a thrilling contest, with Melbourne running over the top in the last quarter to steal the victory.
Carlton had been the better side for most of the game, and brilliant bursts in both the second and the last quarter put them in a winning position before Melbourne kicked three goals in five minutes to win. With nothing to play for, Melbourne's performance didn't cause much panic, but Carlton exposed many of their weaknesses, often beaten in the ruck and in the middle.
Best were B. Johnson, Roet and Tunbridge. Lord (sore feet) was replaced by Collins in the last quarter. Milner was an unused reserve in his last game.
Melbourne 15.12 d. Carlton 11.18
Goals - Anderson 3, Ireland 3, Matthews 3, Leslie 2, Thorpe 1, Breen 1, Mooney 1, Ingwersen 1
Best - Ireland, Leslie, Eastgate
Age - 26/08/1961
Age - 28/08/1961
Football Record R1 Finals 1961