Melbourne win by 3 points
Richmond had stunned Collingwood in the opening game of the season, while Melbourne had just fallen over the line against South Melbourne so the Tigers rightfully started favourites but in another thriller the Redlegs won their second straight game to start the year.
Melbourne's recent record against Richmond had been poor, and even accounting for the World War I years when they were out of the competition the Reds had not ended any quarter in front of the Tigers since 1915. It was closer than comfort on the day but this time they led at all the changes, eventually falling over the line in the last few minutes.
In a high standard game Melbourne had better of the game in the first few quarter with the advantage of a slight breeze, and bounced back from conceding the first goal to boot three in a row to end the quarter.
The first 15 minutes of the second quarter was dominated by the Tigers, with two goals in the first few minutes and six to one to take the lead for the first time before Melbourne took over in the last 10 minutes and grabbed the lead back with two goals in a row to Matthews and Wilson.
Each side had spells of dominance in the second half, with Melbourne kicking the first goal of the third quarter but then conceding two in a row to gift the lead to Richmond for a second time. They added another, but two quick goals to Tulloh and Haines restored the lead.
The home side capitalised on a failed Richmond kick-in at the start of the last goal to register another goal before Richmond levelled again. The two sides traded goals before a mistake by Richmond's Minogue gave Melbourne victory. He marked within 40 yards of goal but tried a pass which was cut off, allowing George Haines the winning goal.
Best were Tulloh, House and Haines.
Richmond 17.13.115 d. Melbourne 8.7.55