Sydney win by 14 points
2 - Alan Johnson
Ray Holden (2nd game)
In front of a paltry crowd in Sydney against the financially troubled Swans the Demons crashed to their second straight loss to open the season.
Melbourne were terrible in the first half and were 39 points down at the long break. They chipped away at the margin in the third before, aided by a four goal breeze, unleashing a withering comeback in the last quarter which fell just short.
Best were Flower, Johnson and Healy.
Melbourne 25.13.162 d. Swans 14.4.88
Goals - P. Tossol 7, Dickson 5, T. Fidge 5, Allday 3, Withers 2, Durnan 1, Hutchinson 1, Kol 1
Best - McLean, P. Tossol, T. Fidge
Melbourne 17.15.117 d. Swans 13.12.90
Goals - Payne 6, Marra 2, Lyon 2, Mazurek 1, Paul McCarty 1, Nichols 1, Ward 1, Grinter 1, Waldron 1, Judd 1
Best - Lyon, Payne, Mazurek
"Quade learns to take the heartstoppers in stride" - The Age 09/04/1984
Football Record R3 1984