North Melbourne win by 29 points
1 - Garry Lyon
First MFC game
After having already suffered a shock loss to the Bears a week earlier Melbourne's start to the season got even worse when they suffered their fourth consecutive loss under new coach Neil Balme. It was their worst start to a year since the dark days of 1984 - and all but ruined their chances of playing in the finals.
Paul Hopgood kicked a goal with his first kick in league football after 45 seconds, and when Andrew Obst added another soon after Melbourne were off to a great start but by quarter-time Wayne Carey had kicked four goals to give his side an 18 point lead.
An early challenge in the second quarter was turned back, and North broke away to a 41 point lead at half time. They narrowly extended the margin in the third term, with Garry Lyon keeping things respectable for his side by booting three goals.
Best were Lyon, Lovell and Neitz. Jim Stynes suffered broken ribs which at the time were expected to keep him out for the next game and stop his consecutive matches streak at 137.
After the defeat Neale Balme suggested that some of his players "may be over-rated"
Melbourne 21.20.146 d. North Melbourne 14.8.92
Goals - Mackay 9, A. Campbell 3, Pickering 2, Kowal 2, Sullivan 1, Lamb 1, Keogh 1, Hilton 1, B. Campbell 1
Best - Mackay, Burgmann, Pickering