Jump to content
  • Podcast:      

Sign in to follow this  
Demonland

TASSIE DEVILS by Van Demon

Recommended Posts

If you were looking for something new from the Demons that wasn’t there last year, you didn’t have to look further than the perfectly trimmed grass surface of UTAS Stadium last night as the team steamrolled the Hawks to record a comprehensive 32-point victory to complete their Marsh Community Series commitments for 2020.

One new thing was the fact that for the second Marsh game in a row, the team finished full of running and they dominated the second half without the presence or the dominance of their new skipper Max Gawn who missed the game against Adelaide with a knee injury and was rested for this game after the main break. The three-time All-Australian ruckman, did enough in his comeback game to convince the football world that he’s back in town (or at least in Launceston for the time being).

The other thing that was a novelty for those who endured the ravages of 2019 was the club’s dominance on the wings thanks to the advent of Ed Langdon and Adam Tomlinson who were recruited from Fremantle and GWS Giants respectively to both add to the teams outside running capacity to add the element of attacking capacity where it was previously missing and further to create a barrier around the edges where the ball often slipped through the cracks allowing easy opposition goals. If things continue to work as they did last night, the importation of two players with these elite running skills could one day be regarded as true recruiting genius. 

Up forward, the Demons had dangerous targets like Bayley Fritsch and Jake Melksham fit and firing, and after a scrappy start for the team, they managed to put five and four majors respectively on the scoreboard.

The team wasn’t let down by the defensive unit marshalled by Steven May and Jake Lever who rarely played together in the same team last year led a fairly experienced bunch of hard nosed back men such as as Neville Jetta and Michael Hibberd and the improving Oscar McDonald. 

As the game went on the team clearly benefited from a more cohesive and fully fit midfield, operating on all cylinders. This division will become super impressive if it remains intact. In this game the standout was former skipper Jack Viney with Christian Petracca, Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw and the other former captain Nathan Jones providing some classy back up.

Jay Lockhart returned home to where it all started and looks to be on the cusp of something good. It’s players of his ilk that suggest that there is plenty of talent and depth around and there are lots of new things on display at Melbourne to make a difference in 2020. 

Let’s see.

Melbourne 2.5.17 5.6.36 8.7.55 12.9 (81)

Hawthorn 2.2.14 4.7.31 6.10.46 6.13 (49)

Goals 

Melbourne Fritsch 5 Melksham 4 Bedford Neal-Bullen Viney

Hawthorn Scully 2 Breust Mitchell Patton, Worpel 

Best

Melbourne Tomlinson Fritsch Melksham Hibberd Langdon Viney

Hawthorn Sicily Scully Mitchell O'Meara Ceglar

Injuries

Melbourne vandenBerg (bruised foot) Weideman (ankle)

Hawthorn Lewis (ankle)

Reports

Melbourne Nil

Hawthorn Nil

Umpires Fisher, Power, Gianfagna

Crowd 2,712 at UTAS Stadium

ReportMS022020.png

KC from Casey reports that a highly inaccurate Casey Demons team struggled with conditions in their opening practice match at Casey Fields today. The team took more than three quarters to register their first goal and were never in the hunt to win.

Casey Demons 0.3.3 0.9.9 0.10.10 2.12 (24)

Box Hill Hawks 3.2.20 5.3.33 7.7.49 11.7 (73)

Goals 

Casey Demons Rivers C Wagner

Box Hill Hawks Ross 4 Bowman Jeka 2 Cucinotta Day Reeves 

B6513D23-BFD5-42CA-9B27-47D5E51401C1.thumb.jpeg.94dd216428362d7585a04d06643e9a4e.jpeg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Social Media

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles

    QUEENS BIRTHDAY BLOCKBUSTER by Bananabender

    A little known fact for Victorians is that Queenslanders don’t celebrate the Queen's Birthday in June but rather in October. The scheduled date on this year’s calendar is 5 October, 2020. However, I have a suggestion for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and that is to move the date forward a month and a half to this Saturday so that the coming clash of traditional rivals, Melbourne and Collingwood, continues a longstanding tradition of our game — the Queen’s Birthday Blockbuster. Her Majesty w

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    THE TORRENS THUMPING 2.0 by George on the Outer

    Once again the banks of Adelaide’s Torrens River witnessed the Melbourne Football Club handing out another on-field thumping to its opponent. This time the hapless victim was North Melbourne and given it was only the club’s second win against them since 2007, it was a very satisfying outcome. The Demons got off to a slow start once again, looking listless from their four day break, a situation that wasn’t helped by Sam Weideman and Christian Petracca missing easy set shots. At the first bre

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE 2020 EQUATION by Whispering Jack

    The 2020 equation is simple for the Melbourne Football Club – it must keep winning and it must take some big scalps during the second half of the season without dropping games against the lesser lights. The Demons have gone down this season to the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th teams on the ladder including twice by less than a goal in games that could easily have gone the other way. Against that, they have beaten 11th, 13th, 14th and 18th and though they thumped the Crows during the week, the

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    THE TORRENS THUMPING by George on the Outer

    THE TORRENS THUMPING - LEAVING THE DEMONS BEHIND That headline might lead a reader to think that Melbourne had lost badly in Adelaide but no!  It was actually the MFC which left it’s demons from the previous week behind as it applied the blowtorch to the Crows in the final quarter of their match at the Adelaide Oval and went on their merry way to record a 51 point win before their biggest crowd of the year (even if they were mainly hostile). Much had been made in the media about t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    STATE OF DEESASTER by the Oracle

    Melbourne’s circus caravan rolls into Adelaide on Wednesday night, an event that will put shivers up the spine of every Crows’ supporter as they look directly into the face of disaster. The flakey Demons left their home town a month ago and proceeded to rough up the Gold Coast Suns and Hawthorn in Sydney before moving on to the sunny Queensland where they missed by a bee’s diaphragm against the more or less local second-on-ladder Brisbane Lions. Then, they had to butter up against the top t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    OVERPOWERED by George on the Outer

    In a dismal display against Port Adelaide, Melbourne showed it had learnt nothing from their previous week’s loss to Brisbane. Port, in contrast, after losing to St.Kilda, addressed their failings, and as a result made the Demons look like a second-rate side.  Melbourne failed to score a goal in the first quarter, and the first time it seriously troubled the goal umpire was saved until a minute before half-time.  Did it get any better?  No with their meagre three goals for the sec

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    DESPERATION OF THE MOMENT by Whispering Jack

    Melbourne’s recent win against Hawthorn highlighted how important Max Gawn’s ruck domination is for the team. A week later however, that domination continued but its effect was totally blunted by the Brisbane Lions midfield and, as a consequence, what could have been an easy win over a leading AFL contender turned into a disappointing but close loss and a sense of desperation now looms over the club as the halfway mark of the season approaches. This week’s opponent in Port Adelaide also und

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    THE FOUR POINT FAIL by George on the Outer

    Melbourne went down by 4 points in a thrilling finish against Brisbane, but they failed by more than the 4 points.     They also failed to score the 4 points necessary to keep them in the race for the finals, and now find themselves sitting 6 points outside the top 8, but effectively 2 games outside (even though they have a game in hand).   The Demons had more than enough opportunities to win.  Six very easy shots on goal failed to bother the goal umpire with a major and ultimate

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    NORTH OF THE BORDER PART 2 by The Oracle

    The travelling COVID circus moves north of the border yet again and, unless at some time in the near future, Papua New Guinea opens its borders, this could be the last time this phenomenon happens. And as fortune would dictate, the resurgent Demons are walking directly into the sights of the locals from the bright lights of Brizvegas to Carrara - the scene of some long-forgotten (and deservedly so) battles with one of the Lions’ former incarnations, namely, the Brisbane Bears. But unli

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    ON THE NOSE by George on the Outer

    One of the Hawthorn Football Club’s valued sponsors is Azep® Nasal Spray and given the thrashing handed out to the Hawks in today’s game, it would appear that they need a huge supply of the sponsor’s product because they are simply on the nose. This condition was caused by the sheer dominance of the Demons, led magnificently by skipper Max Gawn with 27 hitouts and 22 disposals including two clearances. Around him in the middle were Christian Petracca with 29 touches, Clayton Oliver (also on

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE PREMIER LEAGUE by Whispering Jack

    So the new man under the pump is Clarko, which demonstrates how sad but predictable the football media is these days. In an age where each AFL team’s form can be topsy turvy and unpredictability is the order of the day, the coach of a team that has played five out of the top six teams from the previous season and sits with a 3/3 win loss record is this week’s whipping boy.   This comes admittedly on the back of a bad fortnight from the Hawks who in recent years have exhibited an enormous

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    SUNSMART by George on the Outer

    If you don’t want to get sunburnt, you follow the Sunsmart rules.  Melbourne took the advice and with their season on the line, avoided getting burnt by the Gold Coast Suns, with a gripping 17 point win. It was a match that could have gone either way, with the sides within a kick of each other for all but the final minutes of the final quarter. Melbourne had stretched the lead earlier in the game to 18 points, but that quickly evaporated to a neck and neck race to the finish.  Finally,

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

×
×
  • Create New...