Richmond win by 11 points
Only MFC Game
Melbourne's first VFL game at Punt Road, against league debutantes Richmond, ended with the founding members on the wrong end of the result. The surface was hard and fast, but the visitors were forced to send in an understrength team and were further weakened when new recruit Holland suffered a serious knee injury in the first quarter which ultimately ended his VFL career.
The visitors withstood early attacks from Richmond, and came out of the first quarter with three goals. Withstanding Richmond's use of the breeze, they still led by nine at half time. Then the newcomers found their feet, kicking three goals to nil in the third term. Melbourne got the first goal of the last quarter to cut the margin to three but couldn't get in front.
Despite their win, Richmond struggled with several aspects of play that were successful in the VFA but didn't translate to the new league.
It took until late in the second quarter for the more vigorous Richmond players to kick three quick goals and get themselves back into the game. They then prospered from kicking down the middle of the ground in the third quarter and had opened a 10 point lead, lasting better in the final term to extend the margin by a further point.
Best were Harris, Tottey and Friend.