Melbourne win by 30 points
With the Tigers sliding towards their worst finish under Tom Hafey, Melbourne rebooted their season and started a run which ultimately saw them miss the finals by the narrowest of margins.
Former Tiger Craig McKellar monstered his old side in the ruck all day, and fellow Richmond reject Laurie Fowler was dominant at the drop of the ball. Ross Brewer and Henry Coles were also impressive in the midfield.
Speaking about his side's prospect for making the five Bob Skilton said "We realise that we have to win every game from now on - and win them well. But if we do and still don't make the five, at least we will have tried our best".
Best were Coles, Fowler and Brewer. Carroll and Alves were replaced by Davis and Hutchison respectively in the last quarter.
Melbourne 11.18.84 d. Richmond 10.20.80
Goals - Walters 3, Kelly 2, Davidson 1, Fitzsimmons 1, Goss 1, Grambeau 1, Guy 1, Withers 1
Best - Withers, Davidson, Keays
Melbourne 16.8 defeated Richmond 14.15