Melbourne win by 16 points
Melbourne had their closest shave in weeks at the Junction Oval, but they still came out on top and ensured that they would remain top of the ladder. The Demons had to fight for the full four quarters, and even in the last quarter they weren't safe until the last few minutes of the game.
St Kilda were the better side in the first quarter, but their poor forward play worked into the hands of Melbourne's defence and the lead was restricted to 11 points at the first change. The second quarter started with both teams kicking a string of behinds before La Fontaine kicked two goals. St Kilda kicked three for the quarter, but lost their lead and went into half time 11 points down.
The Saints kicked two early goals in the third, before a pair of goals to Dowsing restored the lead. Melbourne struggled to break through St Kilda's strong defence and didn't manage any more majors for the half. The margin was back to nine at the last change, and soon after the resumption of play St Kilda were back within a goal. Smith got a steadying goal, and Melbourne ran out comfortable winners.
Best were La Fontaine, Lock and debutant Lewis. Percy Beames broke the club record for most games with his 164th appearance.
Despite the win - their eighth in a row - Melbourne were still not absolutely assured of a top two finish. They were 8.6% in front of Richmond in second, but third placed Carlton and fourth placed Collingwood were only a game behind them - and both with strong percentages.
Melbourne 11.18 d. St Kilda 11.9
Archibald and Dowsing may have been late replacements for McGrath and Heal.