Melbourne win by 5 points
Melbourne narrowly kept their hopes of playing finals alive with a thrilling victory over the Tricolours. They could have done it far more comfortably if they'd been able to kick straight - winning by just five points despite having 10 more scoring shots and not kicking a goal in the last quarter.
Much of the poor kicking could be attributed to the heavy rain which made the ground a quagmire, but the home side were better at converting their chances on a ground where the water was inches deep in some parts. The sides had equally matched rucks, and Melbourne were the better side in the scrambles of the centre of the ground but were unable to take advantage by breaking through Footscray's defence. They managed a slight lead at quarter time, and extended their lead by two points by half time.
The Demons attacked persistently for the first 20 minutes of the third quarter but the stubborn Footscray defence only conceded two behinds. Each team only managed one goal, but six behinds helped Melbourne extended their lead to 10 points.
Footscray kicked the first - and only - goal of the last quarter. The home side had an easy shot late in the game but missed and were defeated.
Melbourne's best were Jones, La Fontaine and Deague. Carr (shoulder) was replaced by Kelly at the start of the last quarter.
Melbourne 14.16 d. Footscray 4.8