Saturday 15 September - South Yarra
South Yarra 2
South Yarra win
South Yarra went into the last game of the season only needing a draw to retain the Challenge Cup which they had won on the first day of the season, and they went one better by winning a convincing victory over Melbourne.
Henry Harrison had attempted to drum up the strongest possible team during the week, but South Yarra had also ensured they had the best side posible on the park. Since they won the cup they had only won one match and had escaped the rest of the challenges via draws. Harrison then couldn't play, replaced by Conway.
The match was played in cold, pelting rain. Conway won the toss and chose to kick with a strong breeze. Rain came down as soon as the game began, and players spent the whole game slipping while attempting to kick.
After 30 minutes both sets of players were covere in mud, with torn shirts. After 75 minutes of scrambling scrum play, Melbourne should have had the first goal after missing three chances, with Jimmy Campbell going close twice. They kept kicking it 'behind' but could not register a goal. With most spectators having fled the ground South finally scrambled a goal during a lull in the breeze to all but confirm they would take the cup home.
The goal meant a change of ends and South's chance to kick with the wind. Near 5pm they were paid their second goal, even though it was reported to have gone half a yard outside the post. In dubious circumstances they confirmed their status as Challenge Cup champions.
A draw would have been good enough, but the second goal was as the result of an umpiring error. A goal being paid when the ball had passed more than a foot outside the post.
Harrison (c), Bennie, JDC Ireland, R. Ireland, T. Ireland, D. Ogilvy, Lock, Marshall, Finlay, Conway, Fleming, Hepburn, Barfoot, Horan, Snodgrass, Hilsden, T. Gorman, W. Gorman, D. Campbell, J. Campbel, Tracey. Emergencies - Kennedy, Barber, Stephen, G. Waugh, Hewitt, Hurst.