Richmond win by 20 points
1 - Danny Hughes
Given a chance to further press their claims as a top five side against fellow contender Richmond, Melbourne fell short and went into the second half of the year a game and percentage outside the finals in 9th.
Without Robert Flower and Peter Moore to choose from Barassi blamed injuries for his side's performance, claiming he had much of a senior side sitting on the sidelines. It didn't excuse the dull, uninspiring way the team he did pick would play after quarter time.
Two more goals to open the second term seemed to indicate that they were on their way, but as soon as a minor skirmish between the two sides broke out during the middle of the quarter the Tigers took over went on to win without too many more issues.
Best were Gerard Healy, Grinter and Withers.
Melbourne 17.10.112 d. Richmond 14.14.98
Goals - Templeton 5, Greg Healy 2, Newport 2, Tanner 2, Armstrong 1, Dickson 1, Cordner 1, Matthews 1, Ryan 1, Seddon 1
Best - Cordner, Newport, Kol
Richmond 17.12.114 d. Melbourne 10.12.72
Goals - Summers 3, Sparks 2, Brody 2, Hannant 2, Edwards 1
Best - Sparks, McCarty, Hannant
"Tigers' ills not fatal" - The Age 10/06/1985
Football Record R12 1985