Geelong win by 3 points
First MFC Game
Only MFC Game
First game as coach
On paper a match against the reigning premiers seemed like a nightmare draw for a side that had won just one game the year before, but it took until the final few minutes for the Cats to be sure of a victory on their travels.
In cold, biting rain Geelong won in defence and on the wings, but they couldn't put the match away. They scored first but soon the Demons took control and a lead into quarter time. The second term startled in the same fashion but Melbourne couldn't capitalise on their early dominance and by the time the visitors steadied they were able to take a two goal lead into the long break.
The Demons had their chances in the third but kicked for goal poorly. In the last it was only the Melbourne backline that kept them in the game, holding Geelong to 1.2 from constant attack. Two late goals got the margin under a goal but time ran out before they could attack again.
Best were Woods, Bickford and Collins.
Geelong 18.22 d. Melbourne 6.13
Melbourne 6.12 drew Geelong 7.6