Melbourne win by 50 points
Henry Harrison helped unfurl the Redlegs' first pennant since 1900, and the team he had spent so many years playing for did him proud with a big victory. Richmond's players had given Melbourne three cheers for their premiership success before the game, but on a hard ground things looks bad early on when they showed no mercy in booting the first five goals of the match with only a slight wind. Melbourne recovered to not only match the Tigers' efforts, but pass them by the first change of ends and take a four point lead into the second quarter.
The Reds had been beaten in their first game of the new season after their inaugural premiership victory but they made no such mistakes against Richmond, running away with an easy win in the second half as the Tigers weakened.
Richmond sparked again at the start of the third quarter but despite being on the wrong end of a 35-21 free kick count Melbourne gradually expanded the lead over the next two quarters before a four goal to one fourth term settled the match in the home side's favour.
Best were Johnson, Dunbar and Chadwick.
Melbourne 13.12.90 d. Richmond 12.14.86