Melbourne again gave up a match winning lead, but this time didn't give up, they were depleted before being defeated. Richmond conceded a match-defining lead, but never conceded.
Mature-age forward Tim Smith remains in hospital with a punctured lung and ruckman Jake Spencer faces shoulder surgery as the Demons deal with the fall-out of a third-straight defeat.
Melbourne will have to think laterally to come up with a contingency plan to deal with another injury to a ruckman, said coach Simon Goodwin, after second ruck Jake Spencer suffered a shoulder that is likely to sideline him for some time.
Richmond coach praises team's ability to remain unfazed in tough times ahead of a tough challenge against the Crows on Sunday.
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MKR bumps AFL's Richmond versus Melbourne Anzac Day eve clash to 7mate, but the league's not fussed.
Melbourne expect Angus Brayshaw to be available to play next weekend despite the midfielder suffering his third concussion in 12 months.
Mature-age rookie Ben McNiece is set for an Anzac Day debut after being named in the Bombers' side for Tuesday's clash with Collingwood.
Jake Melksham's failure to fully disclose details of his betting accounts and subsequent punishment from head office have exposed yet again the fraught relationship between the AFL and gambling which continues to cast a shadow over the game's integrity.
The scars of the Essendon doping saga are claimed to have played a role in Jake Melksham being fined $10,000 for giving misleading information to AFL investigators during a probe into activity on his betting account.
Melbourne co-captain Jack Viney says Jesse Hogan is expected to keep playing the way he plays.
AFL bosses have been shown a radical proposal to short-circuit pay negotiations with the AFL Players Association by putting an offer directly to the footballers.
Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones expects Jesse Hogan will have no shortage of motivation to make his return after a rocky fortnight.
Consider the plight of Jake Spencer, suddenly thrust with the responsibility of filling Max Gawn's very large shoes. He's a veteran of the Melbourne list but has just 36 games to his name since 2009.
Melbourne were left to lament the heavy cost of a poor quarter of football for the second week in a row, with coach Simon Goodwin admitting "we're shattered as a footy club" as the Demons went down to Fremantle by two points in an MCG heartbreaker.
In the context of the bigger picture, Lachie Neale's goal for Fremantle right on the half-time siren at the MCG on Saturday didn't seem like a big deal.
Dear Jake, I hate to say it but please, don't stuff this up.
Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones has hailed Jack Watts' performance on Saturday as a big step forward for the much-maligned Demons utility.
Max Gawn's injury will leave Melbourne with a big problem.