Melbourne win by 3 points
Joe Hodgkins (2nd game)
Statistical categories led:
Equal lowest winning score
After four straight losses Melbourne finally gave their fans something to smile about. It's only one of only four times Melbourne has failed to score in the first quarter and went on to win - and is their equal lowest ever winning score - but most importantly they got the points.
With the Governor-General in attendance, the two sides played an ugly game where the two sides scrambled and delivered hard knocks to each other with most players followed the ball. Very few high marks were taken due to a tricky wind blowing across the ground, and the quality of the match was further weakened by each side missing half a dozen of their first choice players.
Fitzroy did all the scoring - what there was of it - in the first quarter, and the situation was reversed in the second. It left the Maroons 10-9 in front at the long break. Each team only managed one goal in the third, but the game was lost by the visitors when they only increased their lead by two points. Fitzroy's defence held out under pressure for the first 10 minutes of the last quarter before Melbourne broke through. Donaldson put them ahead, Coutie got another goal and both Pearce and Purse held Fitzroy out at the other end.
Best were Nolan, Pearce and J. Purse.
Scoreless First Quarters