Richmond win by 13 points
Wyn Murray (41st game)
Another loss continued Melbourne's mid-sea slump, and left them on the verge of being knocked out of finals contention at the end of the first round of games. Due to their recent slump the Redlegs weren't expected to trouble Richmond, but gave them a fright on a ground which resembled a lake more than it did a football field. Conditions were so bad that Bob Johnson asked to be omitted from the side when it became clear that he wouldn't be able to adapt to the conditions.
With Melbourne playing far better football than they had in their three previous losses, and many of Richmond's players below their best it was the Tigers' defence who were dominant and repelled many attacks from the visiting forwards.
Defence was Melbourne's strong point as well, and Vine was the best of the backmen playing at centre-half back.
Wet weather specialist Beames was best on ground, followed by Vine and Avery. The conditions caused Margitich to be hurt.
The loss dropped Melbourne to seventh on percentages, two games and 23% behind fourth placed Collingwood.
Melbourne 13.8 d. Richmond 3.7