Melbourne win by 4 points
The first round Fosters Cup game was scheduled to be played at Waverley, but had to be moved to Victorai Park due to the abysmal state of the VFL Park turf.
The league were required to pay the Victorian Cricket Association $10,000 to use the ground in February, and 3AW were denied rights to broadcast the match which started at 5.15pm.
Allen Jakovich started strongly, kicking two of Melbourne's first three goals for the day, but soon became the first AFL player to be reported for wrestling and was suspended for one game. He also suffered bruised ribs during the first quarter and left the game, clashing verbally with a Collingwood trainer as he left the field. When the result came down on the Monday night, Jakovich said: "I didn't even start the bloody thing", and tribunal chairman Neil Busse replied "I think it would be wise to leave the room".
The Demons opened up a 27 point lead midway through the second quarter, but as best on ground Stephen Tingay faded out of the game the Magpies came back into contention. Tingay and Matthew Febey rallied in the last quarter and helped the Demons hold on until Steven Febey kicked the goal that put Melbourne ahead with a minute left to play.
Best were Tingay, S. Febey and M. Febey.
Speaking about his first coaching win with the Demons, Neil Balme said: "There was a fair bit of pressure in the last quarter but I love football and really did enjoy it."