Adelaide win by 9 points
1 - Jim Stynes
After impressing in their first hitout of the season against Geelong the Demons welcomed Adelaide for a rare home game at Princes Park, banking on the Crows poor record in Victoria continuing. Adelaide had won at their only other start at Princes Park, so the ground held less fear for them than the other Victorian venues and they responded with a fighting victory.
On a day where temperatures in Melbourne rose above 30 degrees the two sides played out a surprisingly good, high scoring match. The Demons were given a good start by the strong ruckwork of defending Brownlow Medallist Jim Stynes, but his teammates insistence on short kicking at all times rather than bombing it towards Allen Jakovich and Darren Bennett, meant they were wasteful.
The Demons were as many as three goals in front in the first quarter, but they blew too many chances. On the other hand the Crows made the most of their opportunities and in a game that was never more than a couple of goals one way or the other came out on top in a tight last term. They had grabbed the lead in the third quarter before losing it again, but got their nose in front in the last term.
Melbourne could still have won, a goal from Andrew Obst at the 28 minute mark put them back to within a kick and the ball was won straight out of the centre by Steven Febey who pumped it forward where Andy Lovell had a snap shot at goal which was marked on the line by Ben Hart. The Crows went up the other end of the ground and goalled on the siren.
Best were Yeats, Tingay and Pickering. Jakovich suffered a suspected groin injury as well as the indignity of having his five goal performance called "a very poor game" by John Northey. He had kicked all of his goals by three quarter time and did not feature in the last before going off with his injury and his coach said "I hope he learnt a lesson out of today. If you just try to cheat the way he did it won't come off". Northey also attacked his on-ball players for not getting enough possessions.
Best were Stretch, Yeats and J. Stynes. Yeats injured his hamstring.
Melbourne 18.18.126 d. Fitzroy 12.14.86
Goals - Williams 4, Charles 4, Lamb 3, Kilmartin 2, McKay 2, Cuthbertson 1, Hopgood 1, Nelson 1
Best - Henwood, Neitz, Charles