Hawthorn win by 79 points
First Game as Coach
In a terrible game of football the Hawks were off their game but still managed to thrash the disappointing Demons. Barry Norsworthy was lost with a broken jaw after his just two minutes in a clash with Hawk ruckman Jeff Murray, who became the first report of the new VFL season. It was Murray's debut, which must make it one of the earliest reports in a player's career.
Noel Bushnell, writing in the Age, described Hawthorn's performance as one that "used the bludgeon more often than the rapier on a Melbourne side with its ribs exposed".
Hawthorn dominated the centre, and Laurie Fowler was playing a lone hand up front against a forward line that featured Michael Moncrief booting nine goals.
The match was the first in which unlimited interchange could be made, but the Hawks were not troubled enough to use the system making just one change for the entire day and not using their other reserve player. Melbourne made just two changes.
Hawthorn 14.15.99 d. Melbourne 9.16.70
Goals - Thorne 2, Code 1, Clarke 1, T. Flower 1, Hunnibell 1, Lockwood 1, Tippett 1, Walters 1
Best - Fitzsimmons, Woodman, Wingate
Melbourne 16.17.113 defeated Hawthorn 13.17.95
Goals - Hayes 4, McGivern 3, Sadsakis 3, Bickford 2, Demunk 1, Elsshaug 1, Maynard 1, Wallace 1
Best - Wallace, Hayes, Davis