Melbourne win by 14 points
Neil Crompton (2nd game)
Melbourne had been traditionally poor in the first round when opening the season after a premiership, but in 1958 they managed to win without much fuss. After the premiership pennant was unfurled the Demons got down to business, and had opened a match winning lead by three quarter time.
Without first choice full back Peter Marquis and defender John Lord, the Demons had to withstand a belated comeback with the breeze in the last quarter. On an unusually warm day Carlton cut the margin from 28 points to a goal while down the other end the Demons were only booting points but the visitors had left themselves too much to do.
Best were Beckwith, Williams and Ridley. Ron Barassi was a withdrawal from the selected side with a toe injury, replaced by Graham Pinfold. Williams (cramp) was replaced by Brenchley during the last quarter.
To celebrate the club's centenary season the coin tossed by captain John Beckwith before the match was mounted and presented to the club by the VFL.
Carlton 15.10 d. Melbourne 10.17
Goals - Wilkinson 5, Davis 1, Evans 1, Vurlow 1, Ferguson 1, Cunningham 1
Best - Crameri, Vurlow, Lord
Carlton 8.8 d. Melbourne 1.8
Goal - Anderson
Best - McLeod, Avery, Steel
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