Melbourne win by 2 points
A second thriller in a row, but this time the Demons were on the right side when the final bell rang for their first win in fourteen matches.
Cordner was dominant in the ruck, but after an early exchange of goals the ball was kept at St Kilda's end for most of the first quarter. The Demons then got a goal to Clarke from a free kick, who added his fourth not long after. The Demons defence was strong, but let through three quick goals at the end of the quarter to concede a 12 point lead at the long break.
St Kilda extended the gap in the third, playing the much better football. Melbourne received a leg up from the Saints who inexplicably switched from the fast, open football they'd played in the first three terms to a slow, defensive game in the last. The change in philosophy allowed Melbourne's talls to take over and keep the ball in attack for nearly the whole quarter.
With scores level at the 20 minute mark of the last quarter, two behinds put the Demons in front before St Kilda goalled. Noel Clarke was thrown into the centre despite having kicked four goals and he drove his side inside 50 where they kicked four straight points to hit the front and win.
Less than a goal had separated the two sides for the last twenty minutes of the game, and including the four points they had kicked to take the lead they booted the last nine behinds of the game.
Arnold, McGivern and Albiston were Melbourne's best. T. McLean and Pierce were unused reserves, the latter in his final game.
Melbourne 18.10 d. St Kilda 6.4
Goals - Smeaton 6, Unknown 12
Melbourne 13.10 d. St Kilda 5.9
Sporting Globe gives the crowd as 24,000.