North Melbourne win by 33 points
Todd Viney (2nd game)
Melbourne's first ever night game at the MCG saw the Demons trying to make it two in a row to start the season after their round 1 victory over Fitzroy. On the other hand North had been humiliated by the first game Brisbane Bears the previous week
It was not to be Melbourne's night, despite leading at half-time. Peter Moore was a late withdrawal because of a calf injury, Brian Wilson suffered a badly cut cheek after being knocked out in the third quarter and Greg Healy was reported for striking. Robert Flower broke his finger and Alan Johnson injured his groin. Healy was later found not guilty.
The Demons were nine points behind at half time, then conceded five goals to one. That put North in the driver's seat and they were never headed again. Best for Melbourne were Stretch, Bailey and Flower.
Melbourne 17.10.112 d. North Melbourne 15.18.108
Goals - Jackson 5, Eishold 3, Payne 2, Fidge 2, Ryan 2, Stynes 1, Koop 1, Sizer 1
Best - Jackson, Jarrott, Fidge
North Melbourne 22.10.142 d. Melbourne 15.22.112
Goals - Minchington 4, Taglieri 2, Lane 1, Normington 1, Healy 1, Peck 1, S. Febey 1, M. Febey 1, Robinson 1, Aitken 1
Best - Duursma, Healy, M. Febey