Essendon have opened their account with a hard-fought fourteen-point win over North Ballarat at Windy Hill in round two of the Peter Jackson VFL season. Trailing for most of the day, the Roosters got to within eight points at the 25-minute mark of the final term, however the Bombers steady with a late goal to former Norwood SANFL Premiership player, Orazio Fantasia, his fourth for the day, to win 11.12.78 to 9.10.64.
Footscray have celebrated a return to the VFL and their spiritual home at Victorian University Whitten Oval with a thumping 117-point win over Richmond in the opening round of the Peter Jackson VFL season. Around 5000 fans watched on as the Bulldogs ran the Tigers ragged, kicking twenty goals to four after quarter-time to win 26.9.165 to 7.6.48; Ayce Cordy and Tory Dickson the chief destroyers in front of goal with five and four respectively.
The terraces were once again lined with the red, white and blue as the beer flowed and the chants of 'Footscray' bellowed from the E.J.Whitten Stand. It was the first match for competition points since 1996.