|Venue: Windy Hill||Date: Saturday June 17, 1961|
|Result: Loss by 35 points||Umpire:||Crowd: 25,000|
|Goalkickers: T.Carroll 3, L.Brereton 1, D.McCulloch 1, J.Nicholls 1, C.Pavlou 1.|
Melbourne sat four points clear of St Kilda on top, with a rapidly-improving Fitzroy third. The next four sides; Essendon, Hawthorn, Footscray and Carlton, were all still well in the hunt for a finals berth.
Geelong's Doug Wade took over at the top of the VFL goal-kicking table with 26 majors after this round, followed by North Melbourne's John Dugdale with 24, and Tom Carroll of Carlton with 23.
|B:||15 Bruce Comben||43 Graeme Anderson||4 Brian Buckley|
|HB:||32 Vasil Varlamos||14 Bob Crowe||10 John James (acting vc)|
|C:||21 Bill Arch||9 Berkley Cox||35 Chris Pavlou|
|HF:||3 Dave McCulloch||17 Gordon Collis||19 Ian Collins|
|F:||16 Maurie Sankey||22 Tom Carroll||23 Martin Cross|
|Ruck:||2 John Nicholls (acting capt.)||1 Serge Silvagni||6 Leo Brereton|
|Res:||31 John Williams||28 Graham Gilchrist|
In: M. Sankey, D. McCulloch, G. Anderson
Out: G. Donaldson, P. Barry, B. Williams
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