Melbourne win by 1 points
After six losses in a row the Redlegs finally broke through for another victory against the team one spot higher on the ladder, but it took withstanding a thrilling comeback by the Same Olds in the final term before they could claim the points.
Melbourne's midfielders gave them the advantage, and they were helped by an accurate display up front by George Margitich.
Halfway through the last quarter the home side had extended the lead to 23 points and looked safe, but then Essendon stormed back into the match just as they had when the two sides played in Round 2. Only this time Melbourne were able to withstand the pressure.
Margitich, Vine and Beames were best. 19th man was Conole.
Essendon protested the result and demanded at tie, but their objections were dismissed.
Essendon 9.16 d. Melbourne 7.9
One point games
It's not clear what the protest was about.