Carlton win by 31 points
After blooding four debutants in a narrow Round 1 loss to Richmond, the Demons introduced three more. The end result was the same, except for a bigger margin. Melbourne only played one bad quarter, but it cost them as Carlton booted six goals to one in the second term to set up what was ultimately almost the exact final margin.
The Blues were determined to bounce back from a Round 1 defeat and played confident, assured football in stark contrast to their opponents who with few exceptions were disorganised. The Demon defence was the best performed unit, but much of their good work in turning back Carlton attacks was wasted when the Blues immediately won the ball back in the middle of the ground. Regardless, Melbourne started better and their two point quarter time lead would have been more if they hadn't allowed a goal on the bell.
Carlton soon took the lead in the second, and with a contrast of weak rucking from the Demons and strong play by the Blues' smaller men helped the visitors kick away. The bleeding was stemmed in the third quarter but it was too late. With the game as good as lost, Melbourne fought back in the last quarter but the gap was too large to reel in. Defeat left them alongside Hawthorn as the only two winless sides in the competition.
Best were Arnold, McGivern and McMahen. Orr replaced Anderson (ankle) at three quarter time, and Christie replaced Krause (leg) in the last quarter.
Carlton 12.29 d. Melbourne 8.16
Melbourne 15.11 d. Carlton 7.13
Herald gives the attendance as 29,204
Blueseum match report