Melbourne win by 39 points
The Demons got their shaky season back on track after starting with two losses from the first three games. They were under pressure early, with the Lions starting strongly and given them trouble, but Melbourne recovered to gradually get on top. Late goals to Kenneally and Barassi extended their lead to 13 points at the first change.
Fitzroy regained their spirit in the second term, but they were being kept at bay by Melbourne's stars. Barassi kept his side going, and though they were playing well in bursts, the Lions went to sleep too often and conceded two more quick goals. Another burst helped keep the margin the same at the half.
The game turned in the third term, even with Tony Thiessen running into an open goal and kicking a behind, they ran away with the game in the third. kicking 4.2 to two behinds.
Scoring (behinds from first three quarters)
Bourke 5.1, Kenneally 2.0, Adams 1.1, Barassi 1.0, Lord 1.0, H. Mann 1.0, Matthews 1.1, Thiessen 1.1, Vagg 1.1
Fitzroy 13.9 d. Melbourne 11.18
Goals - Gallus 3, Nilssen 2, Jenkinson 1, McNab 1, Rattray 1, Bourke 1, Carroll 1, Ireland 1
Best - Carroll, Nilssen, Rattray
Fitzroy 13.16 d. Melbourne 13.15
Goals - Stone 5, Schultz 2, Deal 2, Harrison 1, Leitch 1, Mitchell 1, Lockwood 1
Best - Stewart, Harrison, Stone
Townsend is also shown as taking a "knock to the kidney"
Sporting Globe - 11/05/1963
Football Record R5 1963