St. Kilda win by 44 points
Allan La Fontaine
For the first time it wasn't conceding a big score which condemned Melbourne to a loss in 1942, but their inability to kick a score of their own. Part of the reason behind St Kilda's success was their dominant ruck division, but they also adapted better to the wet conditions. Melbourne had their own issues, blowing many early chances on goal. The Demons had one more scoring shot but were eight points behind at quarter time.
St Kilda opened the second quarter by kicking the first three goals of the second term, including two in a minute, to open a commanding lead. Melbourne got their second goal in reply but then conceded two more to go even further behind. They were 33 points down at half time.
In the third quarter Melbourne decided to switch tactics and avoid the centre of the ground. They had their best run of the game, but could only cut the margin by a goal by the last change. They failed to kick a goal in the last term against a strong defence and St Kilda eased to victory.
Despite keeping the opposition under 100 points Melbourne kept the worst defensive record in the competition. They stayed above last placed Collingwood only by virtue of having scored enough to hold a 12% lead.
Best were La Fontaine, Beames and Fanning. Hewson was 19th man.
Sporting Globe gives the crowd as 3500.