Melbourne win by 45 points
After opening their account for the season in a grand final rematch against Collingwood a week earlier, the Demons ran into one of the early form sides of the competition and passed the test with flying colours.
The home side were much pacier, their renowned defence held together strongly and the midfield battled well against a centreline which had been one of the league's best in the first fortnight. Essendon failed to score in the first quarter, and if Melbourne had kicked more accurately they might have built up an insurmountable lead at half time.
The visitors failed to make any headway in the third term and the Demons ran away with an easy, confidence boosting victory.
Best were Marquis, Williams and Barassi. T. Johnson was replaced by Atkinson and Williams by Thorogood. John Lord split his hand and had eight stitches.
Melbourne 14.15 d. Essendon 12.7
Goals - Whyte 4, Unknown 11
Best - Dunsford, Gleeson, Wilson
Melbourne 6.7 drew Essendon 5.13
Scoreless first quarters