Fitzroy win by 22 points
The match nearly didn't place. Jack Bristow had been charged by the police for striking in the Round 3 match against Carlton. The club committee failed to defend the charge as they believed the player should accept the consequences. He was later fined 5p in court.
Before the Fitzroy match the players met and decided to strike. Chairman Bill McClelland was forced to threaten that they'd never play football again and the strike action broke down.
Not surprisingly the drama failed to have a positive effect on the the home side and they suffered their third loss out of four to start the season. Melbourne's forward line was highlighted as their major deficiency, with the midfielders and followers continually going forward only to have their hard work unrewarded.
Best were Pearce, George and McKenzie. The performance by George was more impressive considering he battled through with a leg injury. Hedley Tomkins was was also injured.
Punch - 29/05/1913