Captain: Fred McGinis - Bill McClelland (round three onwards)
Finishing Position: 5th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Tommy Ryan (24)
Best First Year Player: n/a
The defending premiers had been lucky to make the 1900 Grand Final, and after two losses to open the season their win was being painted as even more of a fluke than it had been at the time. Fred McGinis who had been chosen to replace Dick Wardill as captain but resigned after the two losses and was replaced by Bill McClelland.
After Round 14 Melbourne sat a game and a half inside the top 4, but after losing to Collingwood in the opening sectional round (Round 15) and dishing out the obligatory belting to the Saints (102 points) they had to beat Fitzroy at Brunswick Street to qualify.
Leading by 5pts at three quarter time, but with just 2 goals on the board against the Roys 1.7, Fitzroy kicked 3.6 in the last quarter to win by 13 points and qualify for the finals on percentage at Melbourne's expense.
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A match was scheduled against a 'District' team in Bright on Saturday 10 August.