Richmond win by 5 points
Melbourne and Richmond had become known for putting on thrilling matches in recent seasons, and their opening encounter of the year was no different with the Tigers coming from behind to sneak victory by less than a goal after being 11 points behind at the final change.
The home side started better due to a pace advantage on the firm turf and would have been further than seven points in front at the first change if Richmond's defence hadn't kept them at bay. Dominance in the air helped the home team to the lead, and though they fell narrowly behind at half time an 11 point buffer was re-established in the third term.
In the last quarter Richmond's centremen came into their own, and Melbourne were unable to defend the lead. The Reds kept getting the ball forward but were held out by strong defence, and in the last few minutes Richmond profited from a dubious mark to kick the goal which put them in front and won the game.
Flanagan, Corbett and Chadwick were best.
Richmond 10.13.73 d. Melbourne 8.15.63