Richmond win by 3 points
Desperate to consolidate their position in the four the Redlegs came unstuck in a thriller against the Tigers - playing to keep their own finals chances alive. A week before they had come from behind to win against South Melbourne, but this week it was their chance to suffer a shocking last quarter as the Tigers booted six goals to two to steal victory.
In perfect conditions Melbourne started with a slight breeze in their favour but Richmond kicked the first goal five minutes in. It took until midway through the quarter for the visitors to spark, and they booted the last three goals of the term to take a handy 15 point lead into the break. The home side was handicapped by an injury to former Melbourne player Max Hislop in the first quarter. He was forced to play the rest of the game
Richmond attacked strongly at the start of the second term but only managed four consecutive behinds before Harker kicked Melbourne's first. Richmond cancelled out his goal straight away, and by half time had slashed the margin to one point. The conditions pointed to good football but the game was played in a cramped and congested fashion which ruined it as a spectacle. Players were also more concerned with attacking each other than the ball, leading to a melee in the last quarter where several players came to blows.
Melbourne had booted four goals to one in the third quarter to open up a handy lead. If their forward line had been functioning better and able to take advantage of the good work done by the midfield they might have had an even bigger lead. Harry Harker was the main offender, missing several easy shots and hitting the post twice.
Corbett, Wilson and Flanagan were Melbourne's best. The loss dropped them to fifth, below Geelong on percentage.
Joe Flanagan was reported for striking but found not guilty.
Richmond 11.19.85 d. Melbourne 8.9.57
Sporting Globe lists the attendance as 15,000.