Melbourne win by 21 points
Playing against a side who had six straight losses and had been to Geelong twice in two weeks, St Kilda had their best chance to earn a maiden VFL win but Melbourne won comfortably. It was a tame affair where neither side was in good form, and they spent much of the match scrambling.
Best were Lanaigan, Herring and Wood
Scoreless first quarters
Argus - 05/09/1898