Melbourne win by 25 points
First Game as Coach
After the capitulation at Football Park against Port Adelaide the week before Neale Balme had been sacked during the week and replaced with caretaker Greg Hutchison and boosted by the heroic return of an unfit Garry Lyon, the stand-in won his first game in charge.
With Lyon's return the Demons were able to forward a much improved forward line on the one that had managed just three goals against Port. With Lyon, Craig Nettelbeck and Leigh Newton as targets to complement Jeff Farmer and Sean Charles they looked far more dangerous.
The Tigers led at half time, but they had been fading out of games all season and it happened to them again.
Paul Hopgood was reported by the emergency umpire for striking Wayne Campbell during the third quarter but the charge was withdrawn.
Richmond 22.10.142 d. Melbourne 10.9.69
Goals - Irving 2, Bishop 2, Bolton 1, Goodale 1, Robertson 1, Black 1, Lamprill 1, De Crespigny 1
Best - McHardy, Goodale, Hardie
Age - 30/05/1997
Age - 01/06/1997
Age - 02/06/1997
Football Record R11 1997