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  1. WEST COAST v MELBOURNE 10 Jack Viney (Melb) 8 Tom McDonald (Melb) 5 Jeremy McGovern (WC) 3 Drew Petrie (WC) 2 Brad Sheppard (WC) 1 Tom Barrass (WC) 1 Max Gawn (Melb) AFLCA LEADERBOARD 63 Dustin Martin (Rich) 62 Patrick Dangerfield (Geel) 57 Elliot Yeo (WC) 56 Joel Selwood (Geel) 53 Rory Sloane (Adel) 50 Gary Ablett (GC) 48 Zach Merrett (Ess) 48 Scott Pendlebury (Coll) 46 Clayton Oliver (Melb) 43 Josh Kennedy (Syd) 43 Alex Rance (Rich)
  2. Salem out for a month: http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2017-06-26/salem-out-for-up-to-a-month
  3. LID ... WHAT LID? by George on the Outer No longer can Demon fans keep a lid on it after a dramatic dying seconds of the game win against West Coast in W.A. After four consecutive wins, the lid is has well and truly blown off as a result of one of the gutsiest performances seen by this club in decades. No Watts, no Jones, no Hogan a ruckman back after 10 weeks away, on-field injuries to Jeff Garlett, Mitch Hannan, Christian Salem and Jack Viney with Jayden Hunt barely able to run, a hostile biased crowd and a six day break. It all mattered nothing as the Demons pulled a victory out of the fires of adversity. Let’s not sugar coat the win. But for some seriously heroic efforts in the final few minutes of the game, Melbourne did not play convincingly. The previous week against the Bulldogs was convincing, but even with the rightful excuse of multiple injured players, the output was well below standard for a lot of players. If Tom McDonald had not screwed through an impossible kick while being tackled, we would be regretting another honourable loss. Still those heroic efforts in the dying minutes were unparalleled. Cam Pedersen with a telling pack mark to bring them back into contention from 16 points down with only seven minutes to go. Clayton Oliver with 30 seconds to extract a ball under impossible numbers so freeing Hibberd who kicked to the top of the square. Jayden Hunt to contest and keep the ball alive, before Tom McDonald put the ball through. Then, as evidence of the change of culture at Melbourne, and the leadership being shown, there were no celebrations until the final siren sounded. McDonald pushed away congratulating players, telling them to get back and defend those final 20 odd seconds of play. A sharp contrast to games in the past that have been lost through ill-discipline. Throughout the game the team was always within striking distance, and the margin never got beyond three goals. Each team was relentless and each forward success was met by an equal response within minutes. There were over ten lead changes indicating the evenness of the match. However, from the Melbourne perspective the team was really kept in the game by the efforts of Jack Viney with 26 contested possessions including a jaw dropping ten in the first quarter. Then after suffering a shoulder injury he returned to the field to lead the team when most needed. There should be no doubt that his promotion to co-captain has been the correct choice, and puts the club in good stead for the future. Clayton Oliver with 28 touches in the middle was also telling. It’s not that he gets the touches, it is that he shouldn’t be entitled to get them, under normal circumstances. And he has the vision to then deliver to free players. Cam Pedersen and Tommy Mac were the other four quarter contributors, both who stood up in that final stanza, but theyalso holding the fort in the absence of a forward target or filling in for ruck duties. Tom’s 5 goal haul was impressive, especially when backmen are not known to transition to forward roles all that spectacularly. The win has cemented the Demons in the top eight, possibly two games clear. This three game stretch was critical to the future of the club's 2017 season, because of the successive six day breaks with travel. To have won two of those games already has probably exceeded realistic expectations but another challenge awaits with Sydney at the MCG off another six day break. It is no secret that their season depends upon continuing to win after such a disastrous start, but they showed again this week that they are vulnerable to the type of pressure game that Melbourne brings. It’s just a case of whether the Demons will have the players and the legs able to do it again, as injuries and fatigue start to take their toll. But this is a team now filled with belief that anything is possible. It is a team that simply doesn’t give in, no matter what the odds. Simon Goodwin and Paul Roos before him, have been cooking something very special. As their recipe is now bubbling over to the delight of the fans, it seems there can be no lid strong enough to hold back the expectations of years of hope. Melbourne 3.1.19 6.6.42 10.8.68 15.9.99 West Coast 2.5.17 5.7.37 11.10.76 14.12.96 Goals Melbourne T McDonald 5 Neal-Bullen 2 Bugg Hannan Harmes, Melksham Pedersen Petracca Stretch Viney West Coast Petrie 4 McGovern 3 Hill Hutchings 2 Gaff Karpany Sheed Best Melbourne Viney T McDonald Tyson Lewis Gawn Pedersen Oliver West Coast Petrie McGovern Mitchell Jetta Sheed Duggan Vardy Changes Melbourne Nil West Coast Nil Injuries Melbourne Garlett (hamstring) Salem (hamstring) Viney (shoulder) West Coast Hurn (chest) Reports Melbourne Nil West Coast Will Schofield for striking Clayton Oliver at half time Umpires Mitchell, Rosebury, Stephens Official crowd 36,622 at Domain Stadium
  4. That is an understatement. I will assume that the Demonland profanity filters kicked in.
  5. https://youtu.be/bEwioYsFVo8
  6. Geelong have taken the lead after being 27 points down. We'll have to spend another week in 5th.
  7. With players dropping like flies, Clayton Oliver's grip tightens. Progressive 115. Clayton Oliver 92. Nathan Jones 75. Michael Hibberd 65. Jack Watts 62. Jack Viney 45. Jeff Garlett 40. Christian Petracca Tom McDonald 37. Jayden Hunt 26. Jordan Lewis Cam Pedersen Christian Salem 21. Dom Tyson 20. Neville Jetta 19. Max Gawn 18. Sam Frost 16. Mitch Hannan 15. Oscar McDonald 13. Bernie Vince 8. Alex Neal-Bullen 7. Jake Melksham 6. Jesse Hogan Billy Stretch 5. Dean Kent 3. James Harmes
  8. No longer can Demon fans keep a lid on it after a dramatic dying seconds of the game win against West Coast in W.A. After four consecutive wins, the lid is has well and truly blown off as a result of one of the gutsiest performances seen by this club in decades. No Watts, no Jones, no Hogan a ruckman back after 10 weeks away, on-field injuries to Jeff Garlett, Mitch Hannan, Christian Salem and Jack Viney with Jayden Hunt barely able to run, a hostile biased crowd and a six day break. It all mattered nothing as the Demons pulled a victory out of the fires of adversity. Let’s not sugar coat the win. But for some seriously heroic efforts in the final few minutes of the game, Melbourne did not play convincingly. The previous week against the Bulldogs was convincing, but even with the rightful excuse of multiple injured players, the output was well below standard for a lot of players. If Tom McDonald had not screwed through an impossible kick while being tackled, we would be regretting another honourable loss. Still those heroic efforts in the dying minutes were unparalleled. Cam Pedersen with a telling pack mark to bring them back into contention from 16 points down with only seven minutes to go. Clayton Oliver with 30 seconds to extract a ball under impossible numbers so freeing Hibberd who kicked to the top of the square. Jayden Hunt to contest and keep the ball alive, before Tom McDonald put the ball through. Then, as evidence of the change of culture at Melbourne, and the leadership being shown, there were no celebrations until the final siren sounded. McDonald pushed away congratulating players, telling them to get back and defend those final 20 odd seconds of play. A sharp contrast to games in the past that have been lost through ill-discipline. Throughout the game the team was always within striking distance, and the margin never got beyond three goals. Each team was relentless and each forward success was met by an equal response within minutes. There were over ten lead changes indicating the evenness of the match. However, from the Melbourne perspective the team was really kept in the game by the efforts of Jack Viney with 26 contested possessions including a jaw dropping ten in the first quarter. Then after suffering a shoulder injury he returned to the field to lead the team when most needed. There should be no doubt that his promotion to co-captain has been the correct choice, and puts the club in good stead for the future. Clayton Oliver with 28 touches in the middle was also telling. It’s not that he gets the touches, it is that he shouldn’t be entitled to get them, under normal circumstances. And he has the vision to then deliver to free players. Cam Pedersen and Tommy Mac were the other four quarter contributors, both who stood up in that final stanza, but theyalso holding the fort in the absence of a forward target or filling in for ruck duties. Tom’s 5 goal haul was impressive, especially when backmen are not known to transition to forward roles all that spectacularly. The win has cemented the Demons in the top eight, possibly two games clear. This three game stretch was critical to the future of the club's 2017 season, because of the successive six day breaks with travel. To have won two of those games already has probably exceeded realistic expectations but another challenge awaits with Sydney at the MCG off another six day break. It is no secret that their season depends upon continuing to win after such a disastrous start, but they showed again this week that they are vulnerable to the type of pressure game that Melbourne brings. It’s just a case of whether the Demons will have the players and the legs able to do it again, as injuries and fatigue start to take their toll. But this is a team now filled with belief that anything is possible. It is a team that simply doesn’t give in, no matter what the odds. Simon Goodwin and Paul Roos before him, have been cooking something very special. As their recipe is now bubbling over to the delight of the fans, it seems there can be no lid strong enough to hold back the expectations of years of hope. Melbourne 3.1.19 6.6.42 10.8.68 15.9.99 West Coast 2.5.17 5.7.37 11.10.76 14.12.96 Goals Melbourne T McDonald 5 Neal-Bullen 2 Bugg Hannan Harmes, Melksham Pedersen Petracca Stretch Viney West Coast Petrie 4 McGovern 3 Hill Hutchings 2 Gaff Karpany Sheed Best Melbourne Viney T McDonald Tyson Lewis Gawn Pedersen Oliver West Coast Petrie McGovern Mitchell Jetta Sheed Duggan Vardy Changes Melbourne Nil West Coast Nil Injuries Melbourne Garlett (hamstring) Salem (hamstring) Viney (shoulder) West Coast Hurn (chest) Reports Melbourne Nil West Coast Will Schofield for striking Clayton Oliver at half time Umpires Mitchell, Rosebury, Stephens Official crowd 36,622 at Domain Stadium
  9. It was a pleasure to wake up this morning and not have multiple reported posts to deal with. What a difference winning makes to the life of the admin team. If only my kids could take a leaf out of the behaviour of Demonlanders the morning after a win.
  10. If you would like to meet Jack Viney and Clayton Oliver and get to play AFL Evolution before it is released on Friday then head to JB Hi Fi in Fountain Gate Shopping Centre Thursday night between 7pm and 9PM.
  11. Sydney was soggy, the ground was boggy and Dees were pummeled into submission. Buddy was at his best. SYDNEY SWANS B: Jeremy Laidler, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Dane Rampe, Zak Jones C: Callum Mills, John P Kennedy, Isaac Heeney HF: Dan Hannebery, Lance Franklin, James Rose F: Luke Parker, Gary Rohan, Ben McGlynn FOLL: Callum Sinclair, Tom Mitchell, Kieren Jack I/C: Aliir Aliir, George Hewett, Toby Nankervis, Dean Towers EMG: Tyrone Leonardis, Jake Lloyd, Sam Naismith, IN: Allir Allir, George Hewett, Toby Nankervis, Dean Towers OUT: Harry Cunningham (omitted), Jeremy Laidler (knee), Harrison Marsh (hamstring), Kurt Tippet (hamstring) MELBOURNE B: Tomas Bugg, Tom McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Billy Stretch, Oscar McDonald, Josh Wagner C: Jack Viney, Christian Petracca, Bernie Vince HF: Dean Kent, Jack Watts, Aaron vandenBerg F: Sam Frost, Jesse Hogan, Chris Dawes FOLL: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson I/C: Jayden Hunt, Ben Kennedy, Clayton Oliver, Jack Trengove EMG: Jack Grimes, James Harmes, Viv Michie NO CHANGE
  12. Young Demon forward Sam Weideman's 2017 has been up and down all year. There have been times when he looked good and others, not so - but he showed enough promise to suggest that at some stage, he would break out and play a really strong game at VFL level. The explosion came in the opening quarter at City Oval, Box Hill when the young forward bagged four goals to set up the Casey Demons' fifth consecutive win after a flat start to the season. Weideman's goals came from strong marks including a couple that were strongly contested. His confidence built and his kicking for goal, usually a strong point, was a treat to watch, even when he was shooting from outside fifty. Early in the second term he took a screamer and slotted his fifth and from then on he was double and triple teamed which limited his output until he fittingly kicked the easiest of goals for his sixth late in the game. The effect of the full forward's heroics was infectious and the Casey midfield, many with their own cases to put to the Melbourne selectors, put their hands up with some prolific efforts. Jay Kennedy-Harris has had a sensational month producing big possession numbers in 3½ games (he was rested from half time as the carry over emergency in the Collingwood game a fortnight ago). His haul this time of 39 disposals certainly sent a message while Ben Kennedy was close behind with 35 touches. Dean Kent also produced the kind of display his coaches have been expecting of him all season and his 34 disposal game was electric. They were well backed up by the experience of Jack Trengove and the consistency of rookie Corey Maynard. Meanwhile, Mitch White was a tower of strength and quietly went about the job of stoutly defending anything that came near him. Light-bodied youngster Bayley Fritsch was always a danger around goals and provided the perfect foil for Weideman to finish with three goals. James Munro and Mitch Gent were again solid as usual. The game didn't go all Casey's way. After leading by 17 points at the main break, the visitors saw their lead dwindle to just four points halfway through the third term with Fritsch steadying the ship. A couple of goals from Tyrone Vickery for the Hawks caused a few heart flutters but Casey finished the game strongly with the last two goals to ensure a fifth straight victory and consolidate their position in the VFL top 8. Peter Jackson VFL 2017 Casey Demons 5.1.31 7.7.49 11.9.75 14.15.99 Box Hill Hawks 2.1.13 5.2.32 8.5.53 11.7.73 Goals Casey Demons Weideman 6 Fritsch 3 Scott 2 Cox Gent Morris Box Hill Hawks Vickery 4 Brolic Stewart 2 Adduci Jones Willsmore Best Casey Demons Kennedy Kennedy-Harris Weideman White Kent Trengove Box Hill Hawks Moore Cousins Stewart Whitecross Vickery Warren Statistics Liam Hulett 2 behinds 5 kicks 4 handballs 9 disposals 2 marks 1 tackles 35 dream team points Dion Johnstone 1 behind 7 kicks 8 handballs 15 disposals 5 marks 6 tackles 34 dream team points Declan Keilty 3 kicks 8 handballs 11 disposals 3 marks 4 tackles 51 dream team points Ben Kennedy 26 kicks 9 handballs 35 disposals 6 marks 2 tackles 121 dream team points Jay Kennedy-Harris 22 kicks 17 handballs 39 disposals 7 marks 7 tackles 151 dream team points Dean Kent 21 kicks 13 handballs 34 disposals 8 marks 6 tackles 135 dream team points Mitch King 5 handballs 5 disposals 1 tackle 5 hit outs 19 dream team points Corey Maynard 13 kicks 12 handballs 25 disposals 5 marks 4 tackles 92 dream team points Jake Spencer 1 kick 6 handballs 7 disposals 1 mark 6 tackles 25 hit outs 69 dream team points Jack Trengove 10 kicks 3 handballs 13 disposals 7 marks 4 tackles 73 dream team points Sam Weideman 6 goals 8 kicks 6 handballs 14 disposals 5 marks 89 dream team points Mitch White 20 kicks 5 handballs 25 disposals 8 marks 3 tackles 100 dream team points The Casey Demons held onto third spot on the Development League ladder with a comfortable 38-point win over last year's premiers. The Johnston brothers again stood out. AFL Vic Development League 2017 Casey Demons 7.2.44 13.2.80 16.6.102 19.9.123 Box Hill Hawks 4.3.27 6.7.43 8.12.60 12.13.85 Goals Casey Demons Gardiner 4 Dam Johnston Machaya 3 Baker Cotte Vander Haar 2 Dwyer Foote Lefau Box Hill Hawks Godwin Hehir 2 Burt Codd-Miller Cox Kilpatrick Murphy Traynor Walker Williams Best Casey Demons Dan Johnston Dam Johnston Machaya Ambler Dwyer Vander Haar Box Hill Hawks O'Sullivan Horner Walker Godwin Rusan Hollins
  13. EXPLOSION by KC from Casey Young Demon forward Sam Weideman's 2017 has been up and down all year. There have been times when he looked good and others, not so - but he showed enough promise to suggest that at some stage, he would break out and play a really strong game at VFL level. The explosion came in the opening quarter at City Oval, Box Hill when the young forward bagged four goals to set up the Casey Demons' fifth consecutive win after a flat start to the season. Weideman's goals came from strong marks including a couple that were strongly contested. His confidence built and his kicking for goal, usually a strong point, was a treat to watch, even when he was shooting from outside fifty. Early in the second term he took a screamer and slotted his fifth and from then on he was double and triple teamed which limited his output until he fittingly kicked the easiest of goals for his sixth late in the game. The effect of the full forward's heroics was infectious and the Casey midfield, many with their own cases to put to the Melbourne selectors, put their hands up with some prolific efforts. Jay Kennedy-Harris has had a sensational month producing big possession numbers in 3½ games (he was rested from half time as the carry over emergency in the Collingwood game a fortnight ago). His haul this time of 39 disposals certainly sent a message while Ben Kennedy was close behind with 35 touches. Dean Kent also produced the kind of display his coaches have been expecting of him all season and his 34 disposal game was electric. They were well backed up by the experience of Jack Trengove and the consistency of rookie Corey Maynard. Meanwhile, Mitch White was a tower of strength and quietly went about the job of stoutly defending anything that came near him. Light-bodied youngster Bayley Fritsch was always a danger around goals and provided the perfect foil for Weideman to finish with three goals. James Munro and Mitch Gent were again solid as usual. The game didn't go all Casey's way. After leading by 17 points at the main break, the visitors saw their lead dwindle to just four points halfway through the third term with Fritsch steadying the ship. A couple of goals from Tyrone Vickery for the Hawks caused a few heart flutters but Casey finished the game strongly with the last two goals to ensure a fifth straight victory and consolidate their position in the VFL top 8. Peter Jackson VFL 2017 Casey Demons 5.1.31 7.7.49 11.9.75 14.15.99 Box Hill Hawks 2.1.13 5.2.32 8.5.53 11.7.73 Goals Casey Demons Weideman 6 Fritsch 3 Scott 2 Cox Gent Morris Box Hill Hawks Vickery 4 Brolic Stewart 2 Adduci Jones Willsmore Best Casey Demons Kennedy Kennedy-Harris Weideman White Kent Trengove Box Hill Hawks Moore Cousins Stewart Whitecross Vickery Warren Statistics Liam Hulett 2 behinds 5 kicks 4 handballs 9 disposals 2 marks 1 tackles 35 dream team points Dion Johnstone 1 behind 7 kicks 8 handballs 15 disposals 5 marks 6 tackles 34 dream team points Declan Keilty 3 kicks 8 handballs 11 disposals 3 marks 4 tackles 51 dream team points Ben Kennedy 26 kicks 9 handballs 35 disposals 6 marks 2 tackles 121 dream team points Jay Kennedy-Harris 22 kicks 17 handballs 39 disposals 7 marks 7 tackles 151 dream team points Dean Kent 21 kicks 13 handballs 34 disposals 8 marks 6 tackles 135 dream team points Mitch King 5 handballs 5 disposals 1 tackle 5 hit outs 19 dream team points Corey Maynard 13 kicks 12 handballs 25 disposals 5 marks 4 tackles 92 dream team points Jake Spencer 1 kick 6 handballs 7 disposals 1 mark 6 tackles 25 hit outs 69 dream team points Jack Trengove 10 kicks 3 handballs 13 disposals 7 marks 4 tackles 73 dream team points Sam Weideman 6 goals 8 kicks 6 handballs 14 disposals 5 marks 89 dream team points Mitch White 20 kicks 5 handballs 25 disposals 8 marks 3 tackles 100 dream team points The Casey Demons held onto third spot on the Development League ladder with a comfortable 38-point win over last year's premiers. The Johnston brothers again stood out. AFL Vic Development League 2017 Casey Demons 7.2.44 13.2.80 16.6.102 19.9.123 Box Hill Hawks 4.3.27 6.7.43 8.12.60 12.13.85 Goals Casey Demons Gardiner 4 Dam Johnston Machaya 3 Baker Cotte Vander Haar 2 Cotte 2 Dwyer Foote Lefau Box Hill Hawks Godwin Hehir 2 Burt Codd-Miller Cox Kilpatrick Murphy Traynor Walker Williams Best Casey Demons Dan Johnston Dam Johnston Machaya Ambler Dwyer Vander Haar Box Hill Hawks O'Sullivan Horner Walker Godwin Rusan Hollins
  14. Fair go. You met him when he was 5 years old.
  15. I get that but they also don't like the jumping and making contact with the head. Might come down to the medical report from the Eagles and they might be pissed at the result.
  16. http://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/christian-salem-opens-up-on-his-involvement-in-the-josh-kelly-trade-and-his-2017-breakout-season/news-story/32165164f083e20491c2ee590b1e9fe9 Talks about the Kelly v. Tyson/Salem and his season so far.
  17. http://www.afl.com.au/video/2017-06-24/skippers-clash-in-heavy-collision I've watched the Viney/Hurn incident a number of times and I'm afraid he might cop a week or 2. His eyes were on the ball but I think the fact that he jumped and got air and then hit Hurn's head hard with his hip will cost him. Don't think a pirouette will save him this time.
  18. I think Nasher is pedaling the bike to keep it running.
  19. I think I'll jump on the Demonland Podcast stream if anyone wants to call in. Call: 03 9016 3666 Skype: Demonland31 http://demonland.com/Podcast