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. The Tigers had the wind in the third, as they had in the first when the home side did well to go into quarter time level after being three goals down early in the term.
Melbourne were better early in the second term, holding Richmond without a score for the first 20 minutes of the quarter before they kicked two late goals to one to take a lead into the break. In the first 10 minutes of the third quarter the visitors kicked four goals to nil in the first 10 minutes and five to one for the quarter.
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