Melbourne win by 18 points
The red-hot Demons had won 10 of their last 11 before meeting Richmond in the Friday night game.
A big crowd saw a defensive struggle early, before Melbourne broke the match open with their run.
Russell Robertson kicked 4.4 and took a mark of the year contender in a game where he made Joel Bowden look awful. The Richmond man had the most disposals on the ground but managed to handball to Aaron Davey for a goal, play step-ladder to Robertson and accidentally hit Daniel Ward in the face during an attempted spoil.
Melbourne didn't hit the post six times. Richmond, in contrast, only managed the feat once.
Age - 14/07/2006