Geelong win by 59 points
After an encouraging start to the year, Melbourne travelled to Geelong and were played off the park. Their cause was not helped by the absence of Deane, Murray and Johnson or by Warne-Smith suffering from the flu.
The visitors won the toss and kicked with a strong northerly breeze in the first quarter but struggled to get through Geelong's tight defence. The first goal didn't come for 15 minutes, but Geelong kicked the last two. Melbourne only got that many more for the rest of the day. They were quicker, but their poor forward play was easily picked off by defenders.
Both sides fumbled and passed poorly in the first quarter due to the wind, but almost immediately Geelong went on the attack into the breeze. They were kept out by strong defending from Tymms but went in behind.
After turning back the first Melbourne attack of the quarter Geelong went on the offensive, kicking two goals. Melbourne pulled one back through a snap from McCrae but it was their only score for the term.
They had their chances in the third term, but were woefully inaccurate with six easy shots only gathering behinds. Geelong's defenders also played well to keep them out, but despite Melbourne successfully introducing handball into their game their foot skills weren't good enough to make a difference. Geelong got a late goal and the game was all but over.
With the game on the line, Melbourne opened the last quarter strongly but their endeavour was not sustained and they managed just one point for the term.
Best were Usher, Abernethy and Davidson.