Saturday 2 May - MCG
Melbourne 0.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.4
Essendon 3.2, 6.5, 7.6, 9.6
Essendon win by 4 goals
Goalkickers: Christie 2, McCarthy 2, O'Loughlin 1
A crowd shorn of the usual 'hoodlum' element were well behaved, but they watched a Melbourne side without captain Wilson or stars McGuiness and Moysey who missed the first game of the season due to injury. O'Loughlin captained the Reds in Wilson's absence.
Melbourne won the toss and kicked with the wind but were comprehensively outplayed by their opponents and conceded three goals without reply in the first quarter. Into the wind in the second term the reds were more productive and kicked two goals through Christie - despite this they still trailed by three goals at the long break.
In the third quarter Melbourne were the better side but perversely were on the end of the only goal of the term, Essendon extending their lead to a near unbeatable four goals at the final change.
Best were O'Halloran, Wardill and Christie.
The Argus - 04/05/1896