Melbourne win by 7 points
The Demons all but assured themselves of first or second place on the ladder as they conquered their Round 1 nemesis to strengthen a grip on top spot. Even without rovers Beames and Barassi, Melbourne were impressive in their victory, overturning a half time deficit with a seven goal third quarter then withstanding a strong fightback by the Tigers in the last term.
Richmond started well, using ruck dominance and clever handball to rattle Melbourne's defence early while their opposition were poor in attack. Late in the quarter Melbourne snuck in front before they conceded a late goal. The game was congested in the second quarter, and Richmond kicked three goals to two to extend their lead.
Two quick goals at the start of the third quarter, and four in total in a row before Richmond could reply put them in front. The Tigers recovered to level the scores during the quarter before two more goals late in the quarter gave the Demons a 12 point lead.
Richmond got the first goal of the last quarter but Melbourne soon responded. Melbourne were six points up late in the quarter before Alby Rodda kicked a handy point which put the result beyond doubt. The result might have been different if the home side had kicked straight in the last quarter instead of registering eight behinds, but Melbourne took the points and all but sealed a double chance in September.
Richmond 14.11 d. Melbourne 8.14