In 1945, Melbourne needed its right of challenge to win the final 9-0 with Donald pitching a shutout, they were too strong in the end for North Melbourne.
Melbourne finished top of the table in 1945 winning the minor premiership and with it the right to challenge, it was needed as North Melbourne defeated Melbourne in the semi-final 5-3 and then North beat Collingwood 4-2. The grand final was a complete turnaround from the semi-final with Melbourne winning 9-0 over North Melbourne at Olympic Park. Melbourne gaining the break after a missed fly ball and were much too strong for North. Best for Melbourne were Straw, Scriven, Daniels, Donald and Quin (battery). For North Melbourne Maddocks (2), Marks were best.