Melbourne win by 10 points
The reigning wooden spooners stamped themselves as early improvers with a gutsy win over the much fancied Tigers. Star recruit Carman was dominant up forward and Carl Ditterich playing a match winning role in the ruck ably assisted by the dominant Robert Flower on a wing.
The Demons could have run away with the match they were playing so well, despite being 2-1 outsiders, but Richmond did well to stick with them until the last quarter of a fiery game marred by several melees.
Best were Flower, Wells and Ditterich. Richards injured his knee and never played senior football again. Peter Hamilton and Mark Lee were reported for striking each other during the third quarter, Hamilton was suspended for two weeks.
Richmond 14.21.105 d. Melbourne 11.17.83
Goals - O'Donnell 4, Byrne 2, Code 2, Fitzsimmons 1, Lockwood 1, Seaton 1
Best - Byrne, O'Keefe, O'Donnell
Richmond 23.10.148 d. Melbourne 17.13.115
Goals - Bardoel 4, Thorne 4, Denko 3, Elshaug 2, Maynard 2, Burn 1, Jullief 1
Best - Todd, O'Brien, Bardoel
"Demons a big threat" - The Sun 26/04/1979
Football Record R5 1979