Round 15, 1921
Melbourne vs Richmond
Saturday 27 August
Richmond win by 19 points
Goalkickers: Bert Chadwick 2, Percy Tulloh 2, Harry Harker 1, George Haines 1, Jack House 1, Percy Wilson 1
A win the previous week had left Melbourne with a very remote chance of sneaking into the finals, but realistically with the season rapidly coming to an end they were just playing for pride and ladder position against their nearest neighbours.
The in-form Richmond had beaten Collingwood comfortably the week before and despite a reasonably comfortable margin of victory they didn't have it all their own way on the heavy MCG, which had been hit hard by heavy rains the night before.
It a game of surprisingly high quality given that there was a gigantic pool of water on the southern wing of the ground. Despite the loss it was almost Melbourne's best performance of the season, and if Richmond hadn't been so accurate kicking for goal the Redlegs might have pulled off the upset of the year.
Melbourne too could curse their weakness at full-forward for stopping them racking up a higher score - and when they did have chances Harry Harker was inaccurate with three behinds at the end of the first quarter. In an attempt to improve Melbourne's weak forward structure Bob Corbett was sent forward but for little reward.
The Tigers didn't register a behind until midway through the third quarter when a kick was touched through for a point. There were only two points between the two sides late in that quarter after two goals to Tulloh, but as Melbourne tired towards the end of the match Richmond ran away with victory.
Best were Alf Wilson, Farrow and Percy Wilson.
Richmond 6.15.51 d. Melbourne 6.11.47
Argus - 29/08/1921
Herald - 02/09/1921
Football Record 1921