Melbourne win by 36 points
Six days after asserting their position as premiership favourites with a big win over Collingwood, the much fancied Demons travelled to the Lake Oval and eventually got the three points, but not without a fight as the Swans stuck close to them for three quarters before being blown away in the last.
South were brave, and their rucks dominant, but the result could have been determined earlier if the visitors hadn't been so inaccurate in the third quarter, adding 3.8 to 1.0 but they found their kicking form in the final term by booting 6.1 against the wind to run out comfortable winners and further entrench themselves at the top of the ladder.
Ridley, Adams and Mann were Melbourne's best. Lord and Ridley were replaced by Massey and Milner in the last quarter. It was later found that Terry Gleeson had suffered a broken wrist.
Melbourne 12.13 d. South Melbourne 7.15
Goals - Rolfe 4, Breen 2, Ireland 2, Carroll 1, Anderson 1, Nilssen 1, Thorpe 1
Best - Leahy, Ireland, Bourke
South Melbourne 11.17 d. Melbourne 12.10
Goals - Glover 3, Schultz 3, McCubbery 2, Matthews 2, Doyle 1, Johnstone 1
Best - Fraser, Hill, Matthews