Melbourne win by 43 points
9pt goalkickers: Wheatley 2
6pt goalkickers: Bruce 3, Unknown 9
In their red away strip for the first time, and in the first game under the new 'experimental' rules, Melbourne piled on 5.3 to nothing in the second term to ensure they would be the first side to have a win in 2003.
Matthew Whelan moved into the midfield, where he was joined by Guy Rigoni and Scott Thompson. In the absence of knee injury victims Troy Broadbridge and Alistair Nicholson the inexperienced Brad Miller and Ryan Ferguson were good in defence against dangerous Tigers pair Matthew Richardson and Brad Ottens.
Paul Wheatley became the first player to kick a 9 point goal during the first quarter, after receiving a handball from Jeff White and he added a second long goal in the third term. At the other end Richmond were held scoreless, setting up a matchwinning lead for the Demons.
Age - 22/03/2003
Age - 22/02/2003