1998 Ansett Australia Cup Round 1
Melbourne vs Sydney
Sunday, 1 March
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand
Melbourne win by 12 points
In their first hit-out for the year the Demons travelled to New Zealand and pulled off a surprise win against the Swans. In contrast to their dismal 1997 form Melbourne were strong at the ball and the defenders held strong in the face of pressure from their opponents.
"Melbourne's new look augurs well for the future" - The Age 02/03/1998