Melbourne win by 37 points
Ian McLean (13th game)
With three parts of the ground a quaqmire the Demons proved themselves to be one of the best wet weather sides in the competition. They used sure ball handling and fleet footedness to take the four points against the Tigers, who crashed to their fifth loss in six games.
The match was effectively over in the first quarter when the margin blew out to 34 points. Melbourne had 2.3 before Richmond got the ball over halfway, before a Richmond tactical switch to kicking long in the poor conditions meant they hung with the Demons for the rest of the match. They rallied in the third term but two late Melbourne goals put the result beyond doubt.
Clarke kicked four but for some shoddy kicking he could have had seven or eight. At one stage he ran into an open goal, without an opponent for 10 yards, and kicked a behind.
Despite winning comfortably they had been behind 42-16 in the free kick count and the club later lodged a protest with the league about the conduct of umpire L. Wright.
Best were Jackson, Spencer and McLean. 19th and 20th men were Whittaker and McMahon.
Geoff Collins was reported twice for disputing an umpire's decision but was cleared on both charges.
Richmond 11.12 d. Melbourne 6.11
Goalkickers - Unknown
Best - Lack, Reeves, O'Keefe
Melbourne 8.16 d. Richmond 3.3