In 1910, the final match for the premiership resulted in a victory for Melbourne against Fitzroy 5-2 after out-hitting the maroons 5-4 and making only one error. MCC and Fitzroy were becoming the powerhouses of the league and it was in this period that the two clubs began a rivalry in a 20-year struggle for dominance.
From the Argus, September 19th 1910:
The final match for the premiership resulted in a victory for Melbourne, who got one run in their first and four in their third innings, while Fitzroy did not score till their last innings. Melbourne with five base hits to four, only made one error, while Fitzroy made four. Scott and Allan (the Melbourne battery), Henty (first base), Ingleton (second base), and Ransford (right field) did good work.
For Fitzroy, Lansdowne was unable to pitch until the fifth innings, and Lester was away. Jones (catcher), Kiernan and Delves (infield), Weigh (left-field), P. Silsen (right-field), did good work.
Melbourne .. .. .. .. 1, 0, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 -- 5
Fitzroy .. .. .. .. .. .. 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2 -- 2