Saturday 9 May - Western Oval
Footscray 2.3, 2.3, 2.8, 2.8
Melbourne 0.0, 4.5, 4.5, 6.7
Melbourne win by 4 goals
Goalkickers: McCarthy 3, Christie 1, Powell 1, O'Halloran 1
Having lost their opening engagement of the new season, the third best team of 1895 were still without McGuinness, Moysey, Healing, Wilson and Hughes for their clash against fellow first round losers Footscray.
The home side kicked with a strong wind in the first quarter, but they managed just two goals in the face of strong defence by a Melbourne backline ably led by O'Halloran. The Reds got four in the second term, and held Footscray goalless in the third quarter before running out comfortable winners with the breeze in the last.
Best were Christie, McCulloch and Ramsden.