Melbourne win by 10 points
Goalkickers: Gaunt 4, Martyn 1, Catoggio 1
A tiny crowd travelled to Waverley to see the debut of Ron Barassi as coach, and while Melbourne fans weren't disappointed by the result it was a match without much to recommend it.
In cold, wet and slippery conditions Footscray managed just one goal in the first three quarters, at the 18 minute mark of the third, before charging (relatively speaking) home in the last term and just falling short.
On the strength of their performance at league headquarters it was no surprise that the two sides went on to fill the bottom two spots on the ladder at the end of the year. Footscray still proceeded to the second round as the VFL loser with the best percentage after Round 1.
Best were Catoggio, Giles and Flower
"Demons beat Bulldogs" - Canberra Times 15/03/1981