Richmond win by 31 points
Having suffered their first lost in weeks in a thrilling match a week earlier, Melbourne were left on the brink of falling out of the top four. A big crowd turned up expecting a hotly contested match but saw a tame contest.
Melbourne were sluggish from the outset, conceding all four goals in the first quarter, and the first of the second before finally getting one on of their own on the board. It was the only one they kicked for the half, and they rose above fumbling and inaccurate kicking to manage just one more in the third quarter. Without a number of their regulars they were badly disorganised and lacked finesse in the forward line.
They were further weakened by injuries to Ted Thomas and Stan Wittman during the first half which reduced their effectiveness to wandering around the forward line aimlessly. With a forward line carrying two injured players it was no surprise that the visitors found it so difficult to score.
What should have been a fatal lack of scoring didn't hurt them as much as it should have considering Richmond only added two goals of their own in the same period. Melbourne caused a stir by kicking the first two goals of the last quarter but as soon as interest was revived Richmond dashed away again.
Best were Corbett, Vine and Barnes.
Carlton's loss elsewhere to South Melbourne kept the Redlegs inside the top four on percentage.
Melbourne 10.9 d. Richmond 9.14