Melbourne win by 92 points
During the week the MCC had granted Richmond permission to have a training run on the MCG while Punt Road was waterlogged, but it didn't help them as they were comprehensively thrashed. After a heavy defeat on mudheaps at Victoria Park and Glenferrie Oval, it showed that Melbourne were at their best under home ground conditions.
It took until late in the first quarter for Bob Johnson to give his side the advantage when he sparked them courtesy of a great mark and goal. It would be his best performance for the season so far, and the Demons would never look back. From there a number of previously out of form players improved and started showing premiership form again.
The rest of the game was a procession. Laurie Mithen dominated the centre and Brian Dixon won comfortably on the wings. Rovers Ridley and Crompton kicked seven goals between them despite Crompton only coming on as a reserve in the first quarter.
With Johnson and Terry Gleeson winning ruck duels handily there was no chance for the Tigers to get anywhere near it after a six point quarter time deficit was during two second quarter scuffles. Richmond tried to reduce the margin between the sides with vigorous clashes but lacked the class of their opponents. Even though they held a slight wind advantage they only kicked a point for the quarter, while Melbourne added five to take a 41 point lead.
Three quick goals in the third extended the margin beyond 60 and a thumping was on the cards. They held the margin to 71 at the last change, and further reduced the gap with a pair of goals at the start of the last quarter. Crompton's sixth and seventh goals helped pushed the margin towards 100 but the Demons fell eight short, meaning Norm Smith had still never coached a 100 point win.
Best were Beckwith, Dixon and Ridley. Milner (broken collarbone) was replaced by Crompton in the first quarter, and Rowarth (shin) by Jones in the last.
Their highest ever score and biggest win against the Tigers pushed Melbourne back to the top of the ladder, setting up a top of the table clash against Essendon the following Saturday.
R. Johnson 4.4, Crompton 3.4, Ridley 3.0, Mann 2.0, Dixon 1.0, Laidlaw 1.1, Rowarth 1.0, Barassi 1.2, Kenneally 0.1, Lord 0.2, Tunbridge 0.1, Rushed 0.1
Melbourne 9.13 d. Richmond 6.8
Goals - Turner 4, Richards 3, Edwards 1, Nilsson 1
Best - Turner, Sheppard, Thorogood
Melbourne 8.10 d. Richmond 6.18
Goals - Anderson 2, Groves 2, Predl 2, Ingwersen 1, Weidlich 1
Best - Strachov, Treloar, Ingwersen