On a heavy surface, Melbourne stunned the Western Oval faithful by opening up a 35 point lead at quarter time. They were helped by the domination of their strong ruck combination. On the rare times the Tricolours were able to get forward they ran into a strong half back line that denied them any score.
As would so often happen at Footscray all the scoring was to one end of the ground and by half time the Tricolours had struck back to take a five point lead. They immediately went on the attack at the start of the term, and scored heavily via repeated attacks on Melbourne's goal. The visitors only got a single goal late in the term to stay within a kick at the long break.
From there the scoring died down, and the margin was cut to a single point at the last change of ends. Melbourne failed to recapture their form of the first quarter, allowing Footscray to score three behinds at the start of the quarter before McConville kicked another goal. This spurred the visitors on, with McConville hitting the post, before Davidson kicked the eighth goal. They were otherwise unable to break through Footscray's defence, only kicking two goals to one for the term.
The home side took the lead with the first goal of the last quarter, and with Melbourne's defence Tymms injured the margin was out to two goals late in the quarter. Melbourne then recovered, from Deane's mark close to goal, then Wittman with the equaliser. Footscray had a golden chance to win, with a free kick close to goal that was kicked out on the full. They had been the better side of the middle two quarters, but their diabolical showing in the opening term cost them maximum points.
Best were Usher, Collins and Wittman. As well as Tymms, Davidson was injured.
Melbourne 12.12 d. Footscray 10.12
Sporting Globe gives the crowd as 16,000.