Melbourne win by 14 points
9 point goalkickers: Cameron Pedersen 1
The Demons got off to a winning start under new coach Paul Roos in a seesawing game to open the season on Valentine's Day.
In contrast to previous seasons Melbourne were playing a possession brand of football, and despite conceding the first goal before they'd had a touch they improved through the first quarter and went in behind only because they kicked for goal poorly. It didn't help that they were missing almost all their tall forwards except for Jeremy Howe and Cameron Pedersen - switched from the defensive group before the match because of the shortage.
Richmond continued to threaten in the second quarter, and were gifted a goal after a failed Jake Spencer kick from the last line of defence but a 'supergoal' from Pedersen after a free kick ensured that the margin was less than a goal at the long break - and with Howe starting to fire up front Melbourne snatched the lead at three quarter time thanks to Rohan Bail splitting a pack and kicking a goal with a second on the clock.
Despite conceding a goal from an interchange infringement within the first minute the Tigers were within a goal late before a David Astbury howler handed debutant Kennedy-Harris his third goal. Howe added his fourth shortly afterwards and the Demons enjoyed their first win in any competition since 29 June 2013.
Best were Trengove, Vince and Bail.
Bail, Barry, Blease, Cross, Dunn, Evans, Frawley, Georgiou, Grimes, Howe, M. Jones, N. Jones, J. Kennedy-Harris, King, McDonald, McKenzie, Michie, Nicholson, Pedersen, Spencer, Strauss, Terlich, Toumpas, Trengove, Tyson, Vince
9 point goals
melbournefc.com.au - 14/02/2014