Saturday September 29 - Madeline Street
Melbourne 3.10 (half time 2-2)
Melbourne win by 1 goal
Goalkickers: Goldsmith 2, Nicholas 1
The two sides met for the fourth time that year in the last game of the season. Carlton had won the first two and the third was drawn, but Melbourne hadn't lost since July and were in sparkling form having thrashed St Kilda the week previous. Carlton had already been acknowledged as premiers, but Melbourne were playing to cap off a strong second half of the year.
Rail fell before the game, leaving the turf in perfect condition. Despite early quality play from Coulthard, who had come back from Sydney for the match, most of the first ten minutes after an early Red attack was spent camped in front of the Blue team's goal. Nicholas and Cooper both missed chances. A fight broke out and Lamrock was knocked over, before Carlton again went forward and attacked the Melbourne goal with no success.
It took forty minutes for Melbourne to open the scoring, Nicholas converting after MacDonald had centred the ball for him. Carlton responded in attack through Coulthard, who took the ball and ran 15 or 20 yards with it in direct violation of footballing rules. The umpire, however, dismissed the appeals of the visitors for a free and not long after they equalised through the same player.
Just three minutes later Melbourne were in front again, Goldsmith scoring with a drop kick after receiving a pass from Bennie but just before half-time Carlton scored again and time was called on a thrilling, controversial first half.
The umpire was involved in another controversy early in the second term when Melbourne seemed set to score through MacDonald before he brought the play back to attend to a Carlton player who had been felled in the play. Early attacks proved fruitless and Melbourne only scored behinds, but despite the questionable decisions Melbourne kept their attack up and on the 20 minute mark Goldsmith intercepted a wayward Carlton kick to score his second and put the Reds back in front.
There was plenty of time left for Carlton but they couldn't find another goal and the unseated premiers gained some small measure of revenge. F.Baker, Stephen, and Barass were best.
Some sources give the crowd as 10,000