Richmond win by 50 points
First game and first goal
Richmond had lost their previous game by 126 points, but got their mojo back against the Demons. On a day where they paid tribute to long time administrator Graeme Richmond, who had passed away in late 1991, the Tigers were the better side for three quarters before running away with the game in the last for a shock win of nearly 10 goals.
The game was close early, but Melbourne could barely get their hand on the ball. When they did, they were wasteful in front of goal. Richmond also missed a number of shots, but a four goal to three second quarter 17 points up at the long break. The Tigers only extended the margin by a point, despite a dominant Craig Lambert seeing off three opponents on the way to 39 possessions.
Jim Stynes battled through the day with a back injury, and few of his teammates put in four quarter performances. John Northey tried to change his side at half time, sending Garry Lyon from defence into attack, and tagging Stuart Maxfield with Graeme Yeats, and his side dragged the margin back to 19 points at the last change.
It was as close as Melbourne got. A six goal to one last quarter won the game. A Darren Bennett blunder was emblematic of his side's struggles, with his side 26 points behind in the last quarter he dropped a chest mark inside 50, only for Richmond to go down the other end for the sealer.
Melbourne's forward line malaise was not helped by Allen Jakovich kicking 2.6. During the first quarter he failed to pass to one of three free teammates closer to goal and missed his kick, but at least he was getting his hands on the football unlike Darren Bennett who played in the pocket next to Jako but had only two touches. Three goals from first gamer Chris Sullivan weren't enough.
John Northey responded by suggesting he'd wield the axe at the selection table. He said: "I suppose you could say I was embarrassed by some of the things that we saw today in our game. If we continue to play the way we did today, we have no alternative but to make changes. We can't put up with the situation the way it is now."
Best were Schwarz, Yeats and Sullivan
Melbourne 27.21.183 d. Richmond 12.12.84
Goals - Williams 12, Keogh 4, Lamb 3, Cuthbertson 2, Eishold 2, Kowal 1, Hopgood 1, MacKay 1, Kilmartin 1
Best - Kowal, Grinter, Williams