Fitzroy win by 56 points
First game as coach
In perfect conditions the season opened against the fancied Maroons with seven players pulling on the Red and Blue for the first time. On the other hand Fitzroy - who had won the premiership in their last appearance - had retained almost all the best players from the previous season and went in without any new additions to the squad.
The home side were welcomed onto the ground by a band playing "See the Conquering Hero Comes" before the wife of President Chandler unveiled the premiership flag. After the ceremonies ended and the match began it went with form and the experienced Maroons won with a side who had a better system of play, better fitness and less reliance on handball.
Despite some fierce defence and a 56 to 44 free kick count Melbourne were outclassed from the start and after failing to kick a goal in the first term they were never in the hunt again. With ruck superiority and a forward line taking its opportunities unlike that of their opponents Fitzroy were always too good.
Melbourne's only solid quarter was the third, but they were still 29 points behind and tired badly in the last - conceding 5.4 to a single point.
Best were Lilley, Robertson and Armstrong.
Bill Allen was unavailable due to illness and Kenley and Trahair were injured when they ran into each other. Kenley would never play senior football for the Reds again, but would return to the VFL in 1918 to play with St Kilda.
Team image courtesy Boyles Football Photos.