Melbourne win by 65 points
Statistical categories led:
Highest score in Preliminary Final
Melbourne beat Collingwood two weeks earlier, but a shock first up lost to the Bombers in the Semi Final forced them into another match against the Magpies. With a spot in the Grand Final on the line both teams were physical early on and the game threatened to erupt into violence. When the teams settled it was Collingwood who made a better start with three goals in the first three minutes, bewildering the slow starting Demons.
The Pies took an eight point lead into quarter time, before Melbourne's high marking game started to win out over Collingwood's speed. By half time the Magpies were sapped of energy, and by three quarter time the Demons were nine goals in front.
Jack Mueller was irresistable up front having been plucked from coaching the reserves to play, and it was his eight goals which helped deliver victory. Norm Smith was a handy foil up front for Mueller and added six of his own. A further six goals to four in the final term extended the margin even further.
Best were Mueller. Dullard and McGrath.
Alan McGowan was reported for attempting to strike Smith of Collingwood. He was suspended for two matches and missed both the Grand Final and replay. His advocate asked for it to be taken into accocunt that he was playing his third game (not counting one appearance off the bench)) but the Tribunal was unmoved.
Melbourne's score was a record for any final until that time, and the match aggregate still stands as a Preliminary Final record to this day. It is their equal 18th highest score in VFL/AFL football.
Collingwood won the free kick count 22 to 16, but the Demons took 92 marks to 68.
B: Deans, McGrath, Rule
HB: McLean, McGowan, Collins
C: Spittle, Bickford, Dockett
HF: McKenzie, Arnold, McMahen
F: Craddock, Smith, Mueller
Foll: Cordner, Dullard, Rodda
Res: Bowman, Heywood
Emg: Jackson, F. Scanlan, O'Rourke