South Melbourne win by 30 points
The defending premiers had their second slow start in two weeks, but this time they weren't able to recover and were handily beaten despite winning the last quarter.
Battling a blustery wind the slow start was all of their own making, having one more scoring shot than South in the first quarter but kicking three goals less. It didn't help that Robert C Johnson missed out due to the flu after booting nine goals in Round 1, or that Harry Coy was another late withdrawal for the same reason. When Herbert White pulled out owing to the death of his brother Melbourne were down three of their regular starting 18. South got off to a hot start and kicked the first two goals before the visitors retaliated, but Stan Wittman missed a number of opportunities.
A raft of positional changes were required to cover the missing players, with Col Deane proving a poor replacement for Johnson at full-forward. His high marking was a feature, but too often he tried a short pass rather than taking his shot on goal and only managed one major for the match. In the absence of Johnson, Melbourne's forward line was wayward and kicked 0.6 in the first term. They were further handicapped by the effective loss of Bill Tymms, who had to be parked at full forward due to a fractured collarbone and a knee injury to Dunbar.
South won in the air, as their opponents laboured through the four quarters - only showing any form once the game was well and truly done. Three times in the second quarter Melbourne players touched their own teammate's shot through the goal. In the third quarter the Redlegs improved, but still went further behind by the last break.
Davie, Dunbar and Warne-Smith were best.
South Melbourne 14.8.92 d. Melbourne 8.12.60