Melbourne win by 46 points
Another win for the Demons who had by now fully shaken off their disappointing first three weeks of the year and were entrenched in the top four, with a defence playing dominant football and a deadly forward line combination of Arnold and Smith.
Again it was the defence which eventually carried Melbourne, but the backmen had a difficult start. South surprised the Demons early and their defenders were keeping Melbourne at bay. South remained in control at the start of the second term, but Melbourne soon overhauled them with three goals in three minutes. South rallied and opened a seven point lead at half time.
Melbourne were again prominent at the start of the new quarter, kicking two goals to grab back the advantage. Now their defence were in charge and the margin extended to 20 points. South had been kept scoreless for the quarter and it took them until late in the last quarter for them to kick a pair of consolation goals.
Six goals in a row opened up a significant lead for the Demons and they won comfortably.
Deans, Rodda and Dockett were best. O'Rourke and Bowman were 19th and 20th man.
South Melbourne 18.20 d. Melbourne 18.5
Goals - Scanlan 6, Unknown 12
Sporting Globe gives the crowd as 15,000