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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

afl.com.au's best 22 for 2018

WITH the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Jake Kelly
HB: Luke Brown, Kyle Hartigan, Brodie Smith
C: Paul Seedsman, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins
HF: Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker, Richard Douglas
F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Bryce Gibbs
I/C: Brad Crouch, Riley Knight, David Mackay, Hugh Greenwood

DEPTH

General defenders: Kyle Cheney, Tom Doedee, Curtly Hampton, Andrew McPherson
Key defenders: Alex Keath, Andy Otten
Midfielders: Jackson Edwards, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Jordan Gallucci, Sam Gibson, Lachlan...


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Youngsters bond in three-day camp

Matthew Egan: David Neitz Academy Matthew Egan talks to Melbourne Media about the David Neitz Academy which took place in Torquay

MELBOURNE’S three-day camp to Torquay has been hailed a success by club.

The Demons took 11 of their youngsters – all part of the David Neitz Academy (DNA) – to the seaside town from Tuesday to Thursday, which combined relationship building and training.

Head of development Matthew Egan said it was a great opportunity for several of the club’s coaches, and fitness and conditioning staff, to spend greater time with Melbourne’s emerging players.

“It’s been good fun. We’ve trained out at Torquay footy club and did a gym workout,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“On Tuesday, the boys got down and did a really good session about getting to know each other and then spent time together and we went out for dinner.”

Harley Balic, Oskar Baker, Lochie Filipovic,...


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Balic 'finding his feet'

MELBOURNE recruit Harley Balic will be given time to fit into his new surroundings at the Demons with his new club conscious of how much football he missed during his time with Fremantle. 

Balic, who turns 21 in January, played four games in two seasons on the Dockers' list, battling a wrist injury in his first season and twice being granted personal leave during 2017.

Desperately missing home, Balic requested a trade away from Fremantle with Melbourne parting with pick No.66 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft for the Victorian.

The Demons secured Balic, who stands at 187cm and 82kg, on a one-year contract.

"Harley's finding his feet in the footy club," Demons assistant coach Ben Mathews told AFL.com.au

"He's settling back into Melbourne, he's got his family over here, his girlfriend. 

"It's never easy changing clubs and especially a young player who has had to go through some...


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2018 AFL Community Camps Announced

THE AFL is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2017/2018 AFL Community Camps which see all 18 AFL Clubs visit both metropolitan and regional locations.

The Fremantle Football Club kicks off the AFL Community Camps tomorrow and Friday with players visiting the Peel, Mandurah and Wheatbelt regions in Western Australia.

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community. 

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL Community Camps are an essential part of the AFL calendar which recognizes the importance of grassroots football and the community in Australia’s game.

“The AFL Community Camps allow us to give back to the community for their love and support of our game,” Mr Dillon said.

“As a result of all the...


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2018 AFL Community Camps Announced

THE AFL is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2017/2018 AFL Community Camps which see all 18 AFL Clubs visit both metropolitan and regional locations.

The Fremantle Football Club kicks off the AFL Community Camps tomorrow and Friday with players visiting the Peel, Mandurah and Wheatbelt regions in Western Australia.

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community. 

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL Community Camps are an essential part of the AFL calendar which recognizes the importance of grassroots football and the community in Australia’s game.

“The AFL Community Camps allow us to give back to the community for their love and support of our game,” Mr Dillon said.

“As a result of all the...


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Viney gives Dees an early Christmas present

MELBOURNE co-captain Jack Viney will resume training with the main group in early January, after he was given the all clear by his foot specialist.

Viney missed the final two games of the 2017 season with a foot injury, and was in a moon boot for most of the off-season.

The midfielder has been on a modified training program since the Demons' pre-season began, but Melbourne assistant coach Troy Chaplin said Viney was expected to rejoin the main group after the Christmas break.

"He went and saw a specialist early this week and got the all clear," Chaplin told SEN radio.

"[The specialist] is happy with how it's going and how he's tracking.

"He's a competitive little bugger, Jack, he probably wants to do more than he's allowed to, so we've just got to rein him in at times.

"But post-Christmas he'll be fine and in the main group again."

Viney will continue to train "off-legs" for the rest...


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Passionate supporter wins Demon Draw

2017 Demon Draw Winner Watch the moment Dan Meddings calls the winner of the 2017 Demon Draw

MELBOURNE would like to congratulate the major prize winner of Demon Draw 2017, Peter Clarke-Smith, a Melbourne member from Balwyn,

On Friday, October 6 at 1pm, Demon Draw sales consultant Dan Meddings called Peter to deliver him the good news.

“I’d just like to let you know that you have won the Demon Draw or have the choice of $30,000 or a Toyota Camry SE,” Meddings said. 

“That’s fantastic,” Clarke-Smith said.

Meddings said Clarke-Smith was ecstatic and brought a memorable conclusion to Demon Draw 2017, a fundraising initiative that raised vital funds for investment in player programs.

Demon Draw 2018 began on Monday November 27, 2017 to get a head start on its fundraising target for season 2018.

If you would like more information on how to support and win, please call Dan Meddings or...


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Passionate supporter wins Demon Draw

2017 Demon Draw Winner Watch the moment Dan Meddings calls the winner of the 2017 Demon Draw

MELBOURNE would like to congratulate the major prize winner of Demon Draw 2017, Peter Clarke-Smith, a Melbourne member from Balwyn,

On Friday, October 6 at 1pm, Demon Draw sales consultant Dan Meddings called Peter to deliver him the good news.

“I’d just like to let you know that you have won the Demon Draw or have the choice of $30,000 or a Toyota Camry SE,” Meddings said. 

“That’s fantastic,” Clarke-Smith said.

Meddings said Clarke-Smith was ecstatic and brought a memorable conclusion to Demon Draw 2017, a fundraising initiative that raised vital funds for investment in player programs.

Demon Draw 2018 began on Monday November 27, 2017 to get a head start on its fundraising target for season 2018.

If you would like more information on how to support and win, please call Dan Meddings or...


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Read more: Passionate supporter wins Demon Draw

Passionate supporter wins Demon Draw

2017 Demon Draw Winner Watch the moment Dan Meddings calls the winner of the 2017 Demon Draw

MELBOURNE would like to congratulate the major prize winner of Demon Draw 2017, Peter Clarke-Smith, a Melbourne member from Balwyn,

On Friday, October 6 at 1pm, Demon Draw sales consultant Dan Meddings called Peter to deliver him the good news.

“I’d just like to let you know that you have won the Demon Draw or have the choice of $30,000 or a Toyota Camry SE,” Meddings said. 

“That’s fantastic,” Clarke-Smith said.

Meddings said Clarke-Smith was ecstatic and brought a memorable conclusion to Demon Draw 2017, a fundraising initiative that raised vital funds for investment in player programs.

Demon Draw 2018 began on Monday November 27, 2017 to get a head start on its fundraising target for season 2018.

If you would like more information on how to support and win, please call Dan Meddings or...


Read full article on AFL Melbourne AFLComAu


Read more: Passionate supporter wins Demon Draw

Passionate supporter wins Demon Draw

2017 Demon Draw Winner Watch the moment Dan Meddings calls the winner of the 2017 Demon Draw

MELBOURNE would like to congratulate the major prize winner of Demon Draw 2017, Peter Clarke-Smith, a Melbourne member from Balwyn,

On Friday, October 6 at 1pm, Demon Draw sales consultant Dan Meddings called Peter to deliver him the good news.

“I’d just like to let you know that you have won the Demon Draw or have the choice of $30,000 or a Toyota Camry SE,” Meddings said. 

“That’s fantastic,” Clarke-Smith said.

Meddings said Clarke-Smith was ecstatic and brought a memorable conclusion to Demon Draw 2017, a fundraising initiative that raised vital funds for investment in player programs.

Demon Draw 2018 began on Monday November 27, 2017 to get a head start on its fundraising target for season 2018.

If you would like more information on how to support and win, please call Dan Meddings or...


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Hogan in 'super nick': Mathews

MELBOURNE forward Jesse Hogan has come back in "super nick" and is ready stamp himself as one of the AFL's premier key forwards, assistant coach Ben Mathews says.

Hogan had as challenging a year as any player in recent memory in 2017, dealing with the loss of his father to cancer, being diagnosed with testicular cancer himself at just 22 and suffering a broken collarbone only a month after he made his return from that illness.

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Jesse Hogan in action during a training session last week. (Photo: Matthew Goodroe)

Mathews said the club's coaching staff had been ecstatic with the shape in which Hogan presented himself following his return to pre-season last month.

"It's a credit to him. He's come back in super nick," Mathews told AFL.com.au.

"He's completed his off-season program, he's in main training and doing things at a really high level."

The power forward booted 20 goals from 10 games...


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Hogan in 'super nick': Mathews

MELBOURNE forward Jesse Hogan has come back in "super nick" and is ready stamp himself as one of the AFL's premier key forwards, assistant coach Ben Mathews says.

Hogan had as challenging a year as any player in recent memory in 2017, dealing with the loss of his father to cancer, being diagnosed with testicular cancer himself at just 22 and suffering a broken collarbone only a month after he made his return from that illness.

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Jesse Hogan in action during a training session last week. (Photo: Matthew Goodroe)

Mathews said the club's coaching staff had been ecstatic with the shape in which Hogan presented himself following his return to pre-season last month.

"It's a credit to him. He's come back in super nick," Mathews told AFL.com.au.

"He's completed his off-season program, he's in main training and doing things at a really high level."

The power forward booted 20 goals from 10 games...


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Read more: Hogan in 'super nick': Mathews

Hogan in 'super nick': Mathews

MELBOURNE forward Jesse Hogan has come back in "super nick" and is ready stamp himself as one of the AFL's premier key forwards, assistant coach Ben Mathews says.

Hogan had as challenging a year as any player in recent memory in 2017, dealing with the loss of his father to cancer, being diagnosed with testicular cancer himself at just 22 and suffering a broken collarbone only a month after he made his return from that illness.

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Jesse Hogan in action during a training session last week. (Photo: Matthew Goodroe)

Mathews said the club's coaching staff had been ecstatic with the shape in which Hogan presented himself following his return to pre-season last month.

"It's a credit to him. He's come back in super nick," Mathews told AFL.com.au.

"He's completed his off-season program, he's in main training and doing things at a really high level."

The power forward booted 20 goals from 10 games...


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Read more: Hogan in 'super nick': Mathews

Hogan in 'super nick': Mathews

MELBOURNE forward Jesse Hogan has come back in "super nick" and is ready stamp himself as one of the AFL's premier key forwards, assistant coach Ben Mathews says.

Hogan had as challenging a year as any player in recent memory in 2017, dealing with the loss of his father to cancer, being diagnosed with testicular cancer himself at just 22 and suffering a broken collarbone only a month after he made his return from that illness.

171204_Hoagn_A.jpg
Jesse Hogan in action during a training session last week. (Photo: Matthew Goodroe)

Mathews said the club's coaching staff had been ecstatic with the shape in which Hogan presented himself following his return to pre-season last month.

"It's a credit to him. He's come back in super nick," Mathews told AFL.com.au.

"He's completed his off-season program, he's in main training and doing things at a really high level."

The power forward booted 20 goals from 10 games...


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AFLW: Cranston ready to go

IN A peculiar way, being forced to throw out half her wardrobe has provided critical gains for dedicated Melbourne player Richelle Cranston.

That massive lifestyle shift gives the tough competitor, known affectionately as ‘Rocky’, the opportunity to be a more productive member of the Demons' midfield group for the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s season. 

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Richelle Cranston in action during a training session (Photo Matthew Goodrope)

Cranston has shed an incredible 28kg in the past three years, including eight in the off-season, to present fitter and keener for the start of another arduous pre-season campaign preparing for the opening round in early February. 

"I wasn't fit enough when I started AFLW, but I'm building on that and I'm getting there. I still think there's a lot more to give and, with the time frame I had, I think I've done everything possible so far," she said before training at the...


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AFLW: Cranston ready to go

IN A peculiar way, being forced to throw out half her wardrobe has provided critical gains for dedicated Melbourne player Richelle Cranston.

That massive lifestyle shift gives the tough competitor, known affectionately as ‘Rocky’, the opportunity to be a more productive member of the Demons' midfield group for the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s season. 

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Richelle Cranston in action during a training session (Photo Matthew Goodrope)

Cranston has shed an incredible 28kg in the past three years, including eight in the off-season, to present fitter and keener for the start of another arduous pre-season campaign preparing for the opening round in early February. 

"I wasn't fit enough when I started AFLW, but I'm building on that and I'm getting there. I still think there's a lot more to give and, with the time frame I had, I think I've done everything possible so far," she said before training at the...


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AFLW: Cranston ready to go

IN A peculiar way, being forced to throw out half her wardrobe has provided critical gains for dedicated Melbourne player Richelle Cranston.

That massive lifestyle shift gives the tough competitor, known affectionately as ‘Rocky’, the opportunity to be a more productive member of the Demons' midfield group for the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s season. 

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Richelle Cranston in action during a training session (Photo Matthew Goodrope)

Cranston has shed an incredible 28kg in the past three years, including eight in the off-season, to present fitter and keener for the start of another arduous pre-season campaign preparing for the opening round in early February. 

"I wasn't fit enough when I started AFLW, but I'm building on that and I'm getting there. I still think there's a lot more to give and, with the time frame I had, I think I've done everything possible so far," she said before training at the...


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Read more: AFLW: Cranston ready to go

AFLW: Cranston ready to go

IN A peculiar way, being forced to throw out half her wardrobe has provided critical gains for dedicated Melbourne player Richelle Cranston.

That massive lifestyle shift gives the tough competitor, known affectionately as ‘Rocky’, the opportunity to be a more productive member of the Demons' midfield group for the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s season. 

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Richelle Cranston in action during a training session (Photo Matthew Goodrope)

Cranston has shed an incredible 28kg in the past three years, including eight in the off-season, to present fitter and keener for the start of another arduous pre-season campaign preparing for the opening round in early February. 

"I wasn't fit enough when I started AFLW, but I'm building on that and I'm getting there. I still think there's a lot more to give and, with the time frame I had, I think I've done everything possible so far," she said before training at the...


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Spargo takes it in his stride

IT’S BEEN a little more than a week since Charlie Spargo was Melbourne’s first selection, at No.29, in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

Since that time, he has experienced a big, but rewarding time at his new club.

“It’s been a pretty reasonable adjustment. It’s been a whirlwind few days with the draft last Friday (November 24) and then moving [back] down on Sunday [from Albury] and moving in with a host family, but they’ve been great,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“One of the players is temporarily in the house that I’m in, Billy Stretch, and he’s been really good in taking me to training and helping me out with whatever I need.

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Charlie Spargo in action at training last week (Photo: Matthew Goodrope)

“Training wise, they’re long days, but all of the players have to go with it. All of the players have been terrific in welcoming me, and all of the new draftees, and helping us out. Anything we...


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Spargo takes it in his stride

IT’S BEEN a little more than a week since Charlie Spargo was Melbourne’s first selection, at No.29, in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

Since that time, he has experienced a big, but rewarding time at his new club.

“It’s been a pretty reasonable adjustment. It’s been a whirlwind few days with the draft last Friday (November 24) and then moving [back] down on Sunday [from Albury] and moving in with a host family, but they’ve been great,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“One of the players is temporarily in the house that I’m in, Billy Stretch, and he’s been really good in taking me to training and helping me out with whatever I need.

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Charlie Spargo in action at training last week (Photo: Matthew Goodrope)

“Training wise, they’re long days, but all of the players have to go with it. All of the players have been terrific in welcoming me, and all of the new draftees, and helping us out. Anything we...


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