Melbourne win by 25 points
After ten straight losses dating back to July the previous year the Demons got back into the winner's circle on a hot Melbourne evening. The day had seen a maximum of 34 degrees, and the temperature was still in the low 30s at the first bounce, which suited the Demons, coming off a nine day break from their round 1 loss to Richmond. To make sure they weren't affected by the conditions Melbourne players wore ice-vests at quarter time.
North superstar Wayne Carey and top recruit Leigh Colbert both missed the match and the reigning premiers suffered their second straight loss to open the year, falling 37 points behind midway through the second term. The Dees had eight goals in a row before a behind, then North mounted comeback which got them within 13 points with three minutes to go before Russell Robertson kicked the sealer. In contrast to Melbourne's accuracy, North had 1.11 from the end of the first quarter to the end of the second.
James Cook booted six in his second game at his third club and Cameron Bruce was also prominent in his second game with four goals. Brad Green was another Demon rookie having a day out, racking up eight kicks, four marks and two goals against reigning Norm Smith Medallist Shannon Grant in the first quarter alone before being shut down by future Demon Byron Pickett.
Neale Daniher said "We had many players who ran themselves into the ground tonight. The determination to keep 'answering the challenge' is something that we regard as one of our core values. It was great to see that displayed tonight."
Age - 18/03/2000
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Herald Sun - 18/03/2000