Melbourne win by 131 points
Stung by criticism after their capitulation against West Coast in round 1 when they only scored two goals, the Demons were put through a series of commando drills at training by John Northey and responded with their biggest ever victory against Fitzroy, and largest at Princes Park.
The Lions had enjoyed a bye in Round 1, so their initiation to the season proved to be just as traumatic as Melbourne's had been in Perth. The two goals that Melbourne took four quarters to kick the week before were matched in the first 30 seconds thanks to Luke Beveridge and Darren Bennett.
Bennett destroyed three opponents on route to eight goals, and Greg Healy was a driving force out of the centre square. There was some good fortune in it though, the Lions had lost both of their bench players halfway through the second quarter and late in that term Richard Osborne went down with an ankle injury as well.
Best were Healy, Bennett and Jim Stynes. Stynes had nearly been dropped after the Round 1 debacle in Perth but had talked his way back into the side and responded with a 25 possession, two goal performance where he dominated the ruck and won maximum votes from the field umpires. The Lions had handicapped themselves by opening the match with two rookies playing the ruck roles and both Stynes and O'Dwyer took advantage to demolish them.
Fitzroy had four injuries in the first half which hampered them, but nevertheless they were blown away across the ground.
The Demons' season was back on track, and it wouldn't be the last time they'd kick a huge score in 1991. It was their biggest ever win at Princes Park.
Steve O'Dwyer was reported for striking Matthew Bourke in the second quarter but cleared.
Melbourne 21.10.136 d. Fitzroy 18.12.120
Goals - B. Stynes 5, Lovell 4, Jackson 3, Bryce 3, Heaver 2, Spencer 1, Morrison 1, Theodore 1, Jakovich 1
Best - Spencer, Bryce, Egan
Melbourne 20.13.133 d. Fitzroy 10.12.72
Goals - Burgmann 5, Wilkins 3, Lamb 3, Sullivan 2, Nelson 2, B. Goldberg 1, Robins 1, Hopgood 1, Francis 1, Neitz 1
Best - Lamb, Lemon, Nelson