Richmond win by 32 points
First Game as Coach
In the off-season Melbourne had poached Richmond secretary Percy Page and premiership coach Checker Hughes, and the two were pitched against their old side in the season opener but came out on the wrong side of the result.
Without their captain Francis Vine who was battling bronchitis, Melbourne instead unveiled four new recruits and one transfer from another club.
Despite the defeat Melbourne showed much improved form against the defending premiers. On a perfect, sunny day for football it was only a poor third quarter where Richmond kicked five goals to one that split the game open.
After conceding the first goal of the last term the Redlegs challenged by kicking four goals in a row to get back within 12 points. The premiers then rebounded to kick three goals of their own and seal victory.
Melbourne 16.15 d. Richmond 9.8
Goals - Kelly 6, Wilkie 3, King 2, Streeter 2, Adams 1, Clack 1, Roberts 1
Best - Streeter, Robinson, Barnett