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Beginnings:

Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL), reigning from Melbourne, Victoria. In 1859,[2] a few days after it was founded, some of its members created the code of football that it still plays. In 1862 it competed in what may be the earliest challenge trophy competition, was a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) (1877), one of two associations and governing bodies formed in the same year and in 1897 it became a foundation member of the Victorian Football League (VFL) competition which later became the national Australian Football League (AFL).



Records:
  • * Record Attendance: 99,346 in round 10 1958
  • * Most Games: 272 by Robert Flower from 1973 to 1987
  • * Biggest finals crowd: 115,802 for the 1956 grand final at the MCG
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
11 Melbourne 22 10 12 0 1944 1991 97.6 40

vandenBerg locks in one-year deal

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Aaron vandenBerg has signed a new contract for the 2018 season

RUGGED Melbourne forward Aaron vandenBerg hopes to bounce back from injury and reclaim his spot after re-signing with the Demons for 2018. 

The 24-year-old did not play this season after suffering a hot spot in his heel that eventually required surgery in June when it did not respond to rest. 

But the Demons are keen to keep him for another season as they understand his value. 

VandenBerg is now on the recovery trail and is optimistic he can return to the form he showed after being plucked from the rookie list in 2015. 

He said the year off was not wasted and, if anything, his desire to succeed is even stronger now than it was when he made his debut in round one, 2015. 

"I don't think you lose that hunger to want to play and play well," vandenBerg told AFL.com.au

"I'm really looking forward to getting back and...


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vandenBerg locks in one-year deal

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Aaron vandenBerg has signed a new contract for the 2018 season

RUGGED Melbourne forward Aaron vandenBerg hopes to bounce back from injury and reclaim his spot after re-signing with the Demons for 2018. 

The 24-year-old did not play this season after suffering a hot spot in his heel that eventually required surgery in June when it did not respond to rest. 

But the Demons are keen to keep him for another season as they understand his value. 

VandenBerg is now on the recovery trail and is optimistic he can return to the form he showed after being plucked from the rookie list in 2015. 

He said the year off was not wasted and, if anything, his desire to succeed is even stronger now than it was when he made his debut in round one, 2015. 

"I don't think you lose that hunger to want to play and play well," vandenBerg told AFL.com.au

"I'm really looking forward to getting back and...


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vandenBerg locks in one-year deal

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Aaron vandenBerg has signed a new contract for the 2018 season

RUGGED Melbourne forward Aaron vandenBerg hopes to bounce back from injury and reclaim his spot after re-signing with the Demons for 2018. 

The 24-year-old did not play this season after suffering a hot spot in his heel that eventually required surgery in June when it did not respond to rest. 

But the Demons are keen to keep him for another season as they understand his value. 

VandenBerg is now on the recovery trail and is optimistic he can return to the form he showed after being plucked from the rookie list in 2015. 

He said the year off was not wasted and, if anything, his desire to succeed is even stronger now than it was when he made his debut in round one, 2015. 

"I don't think you lose that hunger to want to play and play well," vandenBerg told AFL.com.au

"I'm really looking forward to getting back and...


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Goodwin endorses coaching candidates

MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin has endorsed Gold Coast candidates Jade Rawlings and Brendan McCartney, saying the Demons were prepared to support their senior ambitions.

Rawlings and McCartney have emerged this week as candidates for the position vacated by Rodney Eade, joining leading contenders John Barker, Stuart Dew and Adam Kingsley.

Rawlings, the Demons' backline coach, presented to Gold Coast CEO Mark Evans and his selection panel in Melbourne last week, while Goodwin confirmed McCartney, who leads Melbourne's development program, was also of interest to the Suns. 

"We've got a couple of guys going through that process in Brendan McCartney and Jade Rawlings, and as a club we're really hell-bent on developing our people," Goodwin told SEN on Friday morning.

"If they've got ambitions to go on and be senior coaches, we're all for that. That's how the industry works.

"We're in a...


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Goodwin endorses coaching candidates

MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin has endorsed Gold Coast candidates Jade Rawlings and Brendan McCartney, saying the Demons were prepared to support their senior ambitions.

Rawlings and McCartney have emerged this week as candidates for the position vacated by Rodney Eade, joining leading contenders John Barker, Stuart Dew and Adam Kingsley.

Rawlings, the Demons' backline coach, presented to Gold Coast CEO Mark Evans and his selection panel in Melbourne last week, while Goodwin confirmed McCartney, who leads Melbourne's development program, was also of interest to the Suns. 

"We've got a couple of guys going through that process in Brendan McCartney and Jade Rawlings, and as a club we're really hell-bent on developing our people," Goodwin told SEN on Friday morning.

"If they've got ambitions to go on and be senior coaches, we're all for that. That's how the industry works.

"We're in a...


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Goodwin endorses coaching candidates

MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin has endorsed Gold Coast candidates Jade Rawlings and Brendan McCartney, saying the Demons were prepared to support their senior ambitions.

Rawlings and McCartney have emerged this week as candidates for the position vacated by Rodney Eade, joining leading contenders John Barker, Stuart Dew and Adam Kingsley.

Rawlings, the Demons' backline coach, presented to Gold Coast CEO Mark Evans and his selection panel in Melbourne last week, while Goodwin confirmed McCartney, who leads Melbourne's development program, was also of interest to the Suns. 

"We've got a couple of guys going through that process in Brendan McCartney and Jade Rawlings, and as a club we're really hell-bent on developing our people," Goodwin told SEN on Friday morning.

"If they've got ambitions to go on and be senior coaches, we're all for that. That's how the industry works.

"We're in a...


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Jones looks to youngsters for improvement

CO-CAPTAIN Nathan Jones says Melbourne’s improvement will come via its younger players next year. 

Speaking on 1116 SEN on Tuesday, Jones said the younger players only needed to be inspired by midfielder Clayton Oliver, who had a stunning 2017 season in just his second AFL year.

“The greatest improvement for the Melbourne footy club is if four or five more of our super talented younger players can make the leap that Clayton made this year – to that level and to that commitment,” he said.

“I think that’s where our greatest improvement lies.”

Jones said Christian Petracca was one player who could take his game to another level.

“There’s no doubt. From an attributes point of view, he’s got all of the capabilities to be as good as those two players [Patrick Dangerfield and Dustin Martin],” he said.

“I think what it’ll come down to is: how hard he’s willing to work for that? And what he’s...


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We expect plenty from Watts: Jones

JACK Watts' inconsistent form prompted Melbourne leaders to confront him about his responsibilities this season.

Demons co-captain Nathan Jones has admitted frustration with former No.1 draft pick, who was dropped late in the season after struggling on his return from a hamstring injury.

Watts kicked 22 goals in 16 matches and showed glimpses of his best in a year when the Demons fell just short of the finals, finishing ninth after a final-round upset loss to Collingwood.

But questions were also raised over the forward's effort at the start of the year when he failed to gain selection for pre-season matches.

Jones said the 26-year-old Watts and some younger players at the club needed to be more accountable off the field.

But the expectations on Watts were higher given his experience, with his form too inconsistent.

"That's the discussion that we have had we him," Jones told Melbourne...


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Bugg opens up about suspension

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Tom Bugg has spoken about his six-week suspension

TOM BUGG has spoken out about the toll taken by his devastating punch on Sydney's Callum Mills, and how he is working hard to change people's views about his character.

Bugg was handed a six-week suspension for knocking Mills out in an off-the-ball incident when the two teams met in round 15 this season.

Writing for playersvoice.com.au, the forward has described his horror as he realised his strike was delivered to Mills' head rather than his stomach.

"I wasn't actually looking at him when I hit him. I heard the umpire's whistle, he was running over, then I looked down and saw Callum on the ground," Bugg wrote.

"Callum actually muttered something to me on his way down, I'm pretty sure it was, 'f*** you'.

"From that point my whole body kind of dropped. It was such a strange experience, like I was watching it unfold from off the...


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Vince signs on for 2018 season

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Bernie Vince will play on next year, after inking a one-year deal

MELBOURNE veteran Bernie Vince expects the Demons' disappointing end to the year to act as a spur for next season after committing to the club for 2018.

The 31-year-old told AFL.com.au that after missing the finals on percentage the team was now acutely aware that every moment counted in a season.

"We're going to hurt for a long time and it still hurts now to think about it," Vince said.

But with the dust now settled, Vince thinks the round 23 loss to Collingwood will eventually become a great learning tool.

"To go through a bit of adversity like we did can, long-term, be a positive as we learn that the little things do count," Vince said.

And Vince is excited to be part of the team once again striving to reach finals, in what will be his fifth year with the Demons since being traded from Adelaide at the end of...


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I wouldn’t have changed approach: Viney

CO-CAPTAIN Jack Viney says he wouldn’t have approached the latter part of his season any differently, despite suffering a foot injury, which forced him to miss four of the final eight matches of Melbourne’s 2017 season.

Viney missed rounds 16 and 17, and then rounds 22 and 23 with slightly different foot injuries. Despite being renowned for his remarkable ability to play through adversity, the injuries forced him to rest, as he explained.

“The first [foot injury] was the plantar fascia, which once you have surgery, changes the structure and dynamic of your foot a little bit. I was running differently and it ended up putting a lot of stress and load through the outside of my foot. It turned into a bone stress situation, which was a little bit worse,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“My plantar fascia was unfortunate and hanging around for a while. It’s something you take into every game...


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Still plenty left in Jett’s pack

Post Season Interview: Neville Jetta Matt Burgan sits down with Neville Jetta to discuss Melbourne's 2017 Season and his plans for the off-season

NEVILLE Jetta says he still has plenty left in him after producing his best AFL season.

The 27-year-old capped off a fine year down back with All-Australian squad selection and although he didn’t make the final 22, he was widely recognised by the football community for his fearless style of play – a trait many who follow the red and blue have known about for several seasons.

“I feel like I’ve still got a lot left in me. I played my best footy this year but I see a lot of things that I can improve on. To help the team, I’ve got to improve a few things. If I do that, everything else will take care of itself. I’m a team player so if I can keep giving to the team, I’d love to play forever,” he said.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to...


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Casey win AFL Development League GF

CASEY Demons have secured victory in the 2017 AFL Victoria Development League Grand Final with a 12-point win over Williamstown on Sunday.

Casey Demons 13.16 (94) defeated Williamstown 11.16 (82) in a tight contest at Fortburn Oval in Port Melbourne.

The victory caps off an impressive season for the Demons who also finished the year as minor premiers.

After trailing Williamstown by 16 points at quarter time, the Demons kicked four unanswered goals in the second term to lead by nine points at half time.

Williamstown bounced back to hold a five-point lead at the last break before Mykelti Lefau from the Demons kicked the sealer at the 30-minute mark of the final quarter to cement Casey’s victory.

It was the third consecutive occasion that the Demons had defeated Williamstown this season.

Sunday’s Grand Final marked the conclusion of the Development League after it was announced that the...


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Casey win AFL Development League GF

CASEY Demons have secured victory in the 2017 AFL Victoria Development League Grand Final with a 12-point win over Williamstown on Sunday.

Casey Demons 13.16 (94) defeated Williamstown 11.16 (82) in a tight contest at Fortburn Oval in Port Melbourne.

The victory caps off an impressive season for the Demons who also finished the year as minor premiers.

After trailing Williamstown by 16 points at quarter time, the Demons kicked four unanswered goals in the second term to lead by nine points at half time.

Williamstown bounced back to hold a five-point lead at the last break before Mykelti Lefau from the Demons kicked the sealer at the 30-minute mark of the final quarter to cement Casey’s victory.

It was the third consecutive occasion that the Demons had defeated Williamstown this season.

Sunday’s Grand Final marked the conclusion of the Development League after it was announced that the...


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Casey win AFL Development League GF

CASEY Demons have secured victory in the 2017 AFL Victoria Development League Grand Final with a 12-point win over Williamstown on Sunday.

Casey Demons 13.16 (94) defeated Williamstown 11.16 (82) in a tight contest at Fortburn Oval in Port Melbourne.

The victory caps off an impressive season for the Demons who also finished the year as minor premiers.

After trailing Williamstown by 16 points at quarter time, the Demons kicked four unanswered goals in the second term to lead by nine points at half time.

Williamstown bounced back to hold a five-point lead at the last break before Mykelti Lefau from the Demons kicked the sealer at the 30-minute mark of the final quarter to cement Casey’s victory.

It was the third consecutive occasion that the Demons had defeated Williamstown this season.

Sunday’s Grand Final marked the conclusion of the Development League after it was announced that the...


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Loss still ‘gut wrenching’ for Nev

Post Season Interview: Neville Jetta Matt Burgan sits down with Neville Jetta to discuss Melbourne's 2017 Season and his plans for the off-season

THREE weeks on, after Melbourne missed out on the finals be 0.5 per cent, Neville Jetta says it’s still “gut wrenching” to ponder what could have been.

The outstanding small defender, who was named in this year’s All-Australian squad, said the harsh reality was that “It probably showed that we didn’t deserve to be there”.

“We showed [glimpses] throughout the year that we could play finals, but in the end, some of the footy that we did play, showed that we weren’t ready,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“Personally, it’s burned in the gut over the last [couple of] weeks or so.

“Next season, we’ve got a lot of work to do to get there, because they don’t give out finals spots and we learned that the hard way this year.”

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Loss still ‘gut wrenching’ for Nev

Post Season Interview: Neville Jetta Matt Burgan sits down with Neville Jetta to discuss Melbourne's 2017 Season and his plans for the off-season

THREE weeks on, after Melbourne missed out on the finals be 0.5 per cent, Neville Jetta says it’s still “gut wrenching” to ponder what could have been.

The outstanding small defender, who was named in this year’s All-Australian squad, said the harsh reality was that “It probably showed that we didn’t deserve to be there”.

“We showed [glimpses] throughout the year that we could play finals, but in the end, some of the footy that we did play, showed that we weren’t ready,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“Personally, it’s burned in the gut over the last [couple of] weeks or so.

“Next season, we’ve got a lot of work to do to get there, because they don’t give out finals spots and we learned that the hard way this year.”

Jetta said he was...


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Loss still ‘gut wrenching’ for Nev

Post Season Interview: Neville Jetta Matt Burgan sits down with Neville Jetta to discuss Melbourne's 2017 Season and his plans for the off-season

THREE weeks on, after Melbourne missed out on the finals be 0.5 per cent, Neville Jetta says it’s still “gut wrenching” to ponder what could have been.

The outstanding small defender, who was named in this year’s All-Australian squad, said the harsh reality was that “It probably showed that we didn’t deserve to be there”.

“We showed [glimpses] throughout the year that we could play finals, but in the end, some of the footy that we did play, showed that we weren’t ready,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“Personally, it’s burned in the gut over the last [couple of] weeks or so.

“Next season, we’ve got a lot of work to do to get there, because they don’t give out finals spots and we learned that the hard way this year.”

Jetta said he was...


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Plapp lauds Development team

CASEY Demons coach Justin Plapp says the club’s ability to make the last AFL Victoria Development League Grand Final, which will take place this weekend, is a positive sign for the future.

Plapp said it was a big achievement by Casey’s Development League team to play off for this year’s flag, which will take against Williamstown at Fortburn Stadium (North Port Oval) at Port Melbourne this Saturday, 11:30am.

“Our development team has made it through to the Grand Final, which is a good sign of our younger players and our program has been really strong this year,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

Paul Carbis will coach the Casey Development League team for the final time and told vfl.com.au that it was with mixed emotions.  

“It’s exciting but it’s also going to be pretty sad because we’ve had some really good improvement over the last few years,” he said.

“It’s going to be pretty...


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Plapp lauds Development team

CASEY Demons coach Justin Plapp says the club’s ability to make the last AFL Victoria Development League Grand Final, which will take place this weekend, is a positive sign for the future.

Plapp said it was a big achievement by Casey’s Development League team to play off for this year’s flag, which will take against Williamstown at Fortburn Stadium (North Port Oval) at Port Melbourne this Saturday, 11:30am.

“Our development team has made it through to the Grand Final, which is a good sign of our younger players and our program has been really strong this year,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

Paul Carbis will coach the Casey Development League team for the final time and told vfl.com.au that it was with mixed emotions.  

“It’s exciting but it’s also going to be pretty sad because we’ve had some really good improvement over the last few years,” he said.

“It’s going to be pretty...


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