Melbourne win by 13 points
In their first encounter since shocking Melbourne in the previous year's Grand Final Collingwood were surprisingly heavy losers against South Melbourne in their opening game, while the Demons were troubled against Richmond before running away to a big win in the last quarter.
In a week's break after the first round of games Collingwood's senior side had lost to their reserves, and when they faced Melbourne - unchanged from their opening win - for the Grand Final rematch and it was the Demons who were challenged in the last quarter before doing enough to win. In comparison to their opponents the Pies were missing three of their premiership stars.
The two sides had played a brutal, spiteful match in the Grand Final and they again threw themselves into the game desperately. The sides played out a tight first quarter, with Melbourne having a narrow lead at the first change of ends. The game turned late in the second quarter when the Demons kicked four goals in seven minutes after being well held for the first 20 minutes.
Melbourne then gradually pulled away through the third term before Collingwood began to reel them in during the last.- but they were too far behind to challenge again. With only a handful of points in it during the last quarter the visitors attacked for several minutes but were held out by a strong defensive effort, and rallied to kick the sealing goal at the other end.
Jones, Adams and Ridley were best. Rowarth (broken nose and cheekbone) was replaced by Brenchley in the last quarter. Case (cramp) was replaced by Thorogood, also in the last quarter. Rowarth had suffered the cheekbone injury after 10 minutes of the game but played through the pain until the last when he broke the nose as well and was carried from the ground on a stretcher.
Melbourne 15.12 d. Collingwood 12.7
Goals - Mann 4, Turner 4, Wilkinson 4, Crompton 2, Stevens 1
Best - Fenton-Smith, Wilson, Mann
Melbourne 10.12 d. Collingwood 9.8
Goals - Leahy 5, Anderson 2, Breen 1, Jeffrey 1, Ingwersen 1
Best - Leahy, Bourke, Miller