Melbourne win by 67 points
Jim Fargie (4th game)
After throwing away a near certain victory the week before when they allowed Collingwood to steal a draw, Melbourne gave no such favours to Richmond on a wet, heavy ground which was in terrible condition.
In the conditions Melbourne's lighter players dominated Richmond's heavier ones, who were handicapped by the turf, and when the game was lost the Tiger players instead turned to violence and caused the game to descend into a serious of rough, violent skirmishes.
The umpire attempted to take control by paying free kicks and reporting four Richmond players, but he couldn't stop the match turning nasty at the end. It had started better for Richmond, and they had the best of the play in the first few minutes before collapsing. They got the first goal and went into quarter time on one major apiece, but managed just one more goal for the game.
5.7 to 0.1 in the second quarter tipped the game decisively in Melbourne's favour, and despite a brief rally by Richmond at the start of the third quarter they were well beaten.
Best were Robertson, Monk and Flintoft. Cowell was injured by a kick to the groin and Robertson injured his ankle.
In the investigation into the violent incidents, Richmond's Mahoney was accused of striking Purse but the Melbourne player suggested that while he had been struck it was by a different Richmond player who he couldn't identify and Mahoney was cleared.