Jump to content

  • Podcast:      

  • Podcast:      

THE VFL YEAR THAT NEVER WAS by KC from Casey


Demonland
 Share


Recommended Posts

The rising case numbers and the continuing lockdowns in Victoria and NSW spelled doom for the 2021 VFL season which went through a slow, painful demise before its recent official cancellation. After weeks of indecision, the AFL decided to pull the plug on the season with the 10-0 Bulldogs recognised as minor premier, but without a premiership cup and without awarding the J.J. Liston Medal for the best and fairest VFL player.

It was somewhat fortuitous for the integrity of the competition that the Bulldogs worked their way out of a pickle when they trailed the Casey Demons by 46 points early in the second quarter to easily beat a depleted opponent in their Round 16 match up. Footscray was able to field a strong team by virtue of the fact that their AFL counterpart was involved locally while an extended Melbourne squad (with at least half a dozen spare players made unavailable for VFL duties) was flying up and down the east coast of the country in search of a game. A reversal of that result in the presence of a full Casey team would probably have seen Southport declared the minor premiers with a 9-1 win/loss record ahead of Footscray on percentage.

That would have been a great effort from the Queenslanders but one achieved without a single victory over another top eight team. Southport’s highest placed scalp was that of Carlton (12th) which it beat by a point with a goal kicked at the 33 minute mark of the final term in Round 1. It was soundly beaten by the Giants (8th) - its only game against a team in the top half of the. ladder and it was routinely pitted against the other Queensland teams which it would often thrash. This scenario reflected the folly of trying to run a competition across three states during a pandemic. No offence meant to the Sharks and no sour grapes but it’s just as well the season ended with the Bulldogs declared as minor premiers.

In the circumstances, the Casey Demons were a trifle unlucky. The only loss they suffered other than the one described above, was by a point against the Giants at Casey Fields when they virtually played one man short with Ben Brown rested and exercising on the boundary. They led most of the night but could manage just four behinds from midway through the third term when they led by 22 points. Fair to say, they kicked themselves out of it.

The rest of the season was one of dominance from the Casey Demons which often fielded teams stacked with AFL-listed players. Early in the season, they toyed with all comers including the reigning VFL premier Richmond and North Melbourne who they thrashed by 107 points. Their only close encounter before the lockdowns was a 1 point win over the Cats but they were generally dominant.

Casey’s best and most consistent player was Sam Weideman who, along with Ben Brown, came into the side in round 1 against the Box Hill Hawks after recovering from pre season injuries. Weideman booted seven goals, Brown scored three. The two were on the way to AFL berths and they eventually traded places between the AFL and VFL. Weideman finished with 21 goals from his 6 games while Brown managed 12 in five games including the one where he was sidelined against the Giants. Nathan Jones only played in three games but he was outstanding in every one of them.

Majak Daw was a solid contributor in the ruck but he never got the opportunity to advance to the AFL. Neville Jetta, Jay Lockhart and Aaron vandenBerg formed the experienced backbone of the side while Jake Bowey and Tom Sparrow managed to break into the Melbourne team off the back of some good form at Casey. Fraser Rosman and Deakyn Smith showed promise. Late in the season, we saw some good signs from midseason draft selections Kye Declase and Daniel Turner and it was unfortunate for the younger players that the season was derailed without them gaining full regular match experience at this level.

Of the VFL listers, Mitch White led the side from the front, often kicking valuable goals while evergreen Jimmy Munro never let the team down with his determination and strong tackling. Zak Foot led a group of promising first year players in the team. Key forward Corey Ellison hit the spot with a 6 goal cameo against Werribee. George Grey and Ryan Sparkes had some good moments but it would have been hard for them to perform in virtual understudy roles.

In the end, coach Mark Corrigan would most likely not have been satisfied with fifth place in all of the circumstances after his team made such a dominant start to the season but after all, it was in many ways, the VFL season that never was.

The players:-

Oskar Baker 7 games, 2 goals

Riley Baldi 1 game, 0 goals

Toby Bedford 9 games, 8 goals

Jake Bell 2 games, 0 goals

Jake Bowey 8 games, 0 goals

Austin Bradtke 9 games, 1 goal

Jaxon Briggs 1 game, 0 goals

Ben Brown 5 games, 12 goals

Mitch Brown 3 games, 6 goals

Kade Chandler 6 games, 6 goals

Majak Daw 8 games, 1 goal

Kye Declase 4 games, 2 goals

Corey Ellison 5 games, 7 goals

Zac Foot 8 games, 4 goals

Tom Freeman 6 games, 0 goals

George  Grey 8 games, 7 goals

James Harmes 1 game, 2 goals

Jack Hutchins 6 games 0 goals

Neville Jetta 8 games, 1 goal

Nathan Jones 3 games, 3 goals

Bailey Laurie 2 games, 0 goals

Mitch Lewis 1 game, 1 goal

Jay Lockhart 7 games, 0 goals

Tom McCaffrey 2 games, 0 goals

Cory Machaya 3 games, 2 goals

Jake Melksham 3 games, 4 goals

James Munro 9 games, 7 goals

Harry Petty 1 game, 0 goals

Fraser Rosman 9 games, 3 goals

Miles Shepherd 1 game, 0 goals

Deakyn Smith 7 games, 0 goals

Joel Smith 4 games, 0 goals

Ryan Sparkes 7 games, 1 goal

Tom Sparrow 5 games, 1 goal

Corey Stockdale 4 games, 0 goals

Daniel Turner 4 games, 0 goals

Aaron vandenBerg 4 games, 2 goals

Sam Weideman 6 games, 21 goals

Mitch White 9 games, 11 goals

VFL2021.png

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles  

    NIGHTMARES OF NARRM by Whispering Jack

    Narrm Time has arrived in our city as the Melbourne Football Club takes the name Narrm Football Club as part of the 2022 AFL Sir Doug Nicholls Round. This week will see the reigning premier pay respect to the region the club calls home — the land of the Wurundjeri people and their culture, language and memory. The team will wear its indigenous guernsey designed by Wurundjeri/Dja Dja Wurrung artist Ky-ya Nicholson Ward and what better way to wear it than with a win over North Melbourne Football C

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    WESTERN SUNSET by George on the Outer

    It was the top of the table Demons who inflicted their highest ever defeat of the Eagles, thereby ensuring that the sun has finally set on their long dynasty out West.  The final margin was 74 points but it was the final quarter barrage of seven goals which definitively signalled to the meagre West Coast opposition and supporters exactly who was in control.  That was after a similar six goal to one opening quarter, but hey … why not boo and complain about every decision that went aga

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    ON THE RAMPAGE by KC from Casey

    The Casey Demons had it easy on a windy day under sunny skies at the home of the VFL Kangaroos at Arden Street on Sunday. They caught the hapless Roos who were badly depleted by injury on the hop and disposed of them with little trouble. It was the second time in consecutive seasons that Casey inflicted a 100 plus points defeat on the Roos who had no answers for an opponent on the rampage. When the game started, Casey was without three important forward line components in Mitch Brown, Ka

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    RISING TO PHOENIX by William from West Perth

    On Sunday, when the Melbourne Football Club returns to the scene of the club’s most famous victory of the 21st Century, the feeling out there on the ground will most certainly be different. The dying moments of the night of 25 September, 2021 at Optus Stadium marked a team rising to the level of a Phoenix, bathing in the cheers and adulation from an adoring crowd in the wake of their premiership victory after so many years of hardship and desolation. This time around they can expect a main

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    TO THE SWORD by KC from Casey

    The Casey Demons closed off their game against the Southport Sharks with a comfortable 30-point win off the back of a monster six goal opening term in which they put the Southport Sharks to the sword and kept them scoreless.  Despite losing Toby Bedford to AFL medical sub duty, Majak Daw and Bailey Laurie, the Demons still fielded a strong list of 13 MFC players and also managed to blood two more local newcomers in Tyler Edwards and Tom Macrae after adding four debutants last week. The Shar

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    NO HEAVEN FOR SAINTS by George on the Outer

    Just when St.Kilda thought it was heading toward Saintly Heaven in Season 2022, it was brought crashing to earth quickly by the ruthless Demons machine. It wasn’t a long drawn out process before the Saints discovered how fragile they were. The Demons simply took the game apart in the first quarter piling on four goals against a paltry three  behinds. Even when Membrey was going to score a major right on the ¼ time bell from 15m out in front, he failed to bypass the outstretched hands of Har

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    COVID PROOF FENCE by Whispering Jack

    Melbourne fans breathed a sigh of relief last Saturday when their team managed to beat Hawthorn and the Covid19 outbreak that left it without coach Simon Goodwin and five premiership players – Luke Jackson, Kysaiah Pickett, Tom Sparrow, Harrison Petty and Alex Neal-Bullen. The 10-point win was meritorious not just because the Demons overcame the loss of the coach and key players but also due to the way in which they survived the tension surrounding the club in the 72 hours leading up to the

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    YIPS by KC from Casey

    The Casey Demons overcame a bout of goal kicking yips and a last quarter Box Hill Hawks comeback to record a thrilling 7 point away from home victory on Sunday. With senior affiliate Melbourne fighting a Covid breakout and some injury concerns to their listed players, Casey turned to youth and called up locals Zac Andrewartha, Matthew Johnson and Harvey Neocleous to join Matt Buntine, a local product who was part of the inaugural GWS Giants list.  The team made a slow start but took co

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    DEPLETED NOT DEFEATED by George on the Outer

    With Covid 19 ravaging the club, forcing the absence of five players from last week and some more premiership players still sidelined or returning after isolating, it was certainly a depleted Melbourne side that turned up to front Hawthorn in their Round 7 match up at the MCG. Normally, when a team loses ¼ of its soldiers, you would expect a less than favourable result but after the Hawks opened up a 2 goal lead in the opening minutes (and indeed, it could have been more) the Demon machine

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    NO COMEBACKS by The Oracle

    Q:  How do the Hawks come back after being 32-0 early, leading at every interval and then conceding nine goals in the last quarter to lose to the Swans by 41 points in the comfort and safety of their second home down in Launceston? A:  If they’re playing the Demons at the G off a five-day break, there are no comebacks. They simply won’t come back! That’s the short form preview of the Melbourne v Hawthorn match up at the Home of Football this weekend. That is not to dismiss the you

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews 1

    TIGERS OUTPOINTED by George On The Outer

    Normally when one side outpoints the other, it is because of an emphatic victory.  Against Richmond in the annual ANZAC Eve Blockbuster, the win by Melbourne was anything but emphatic, as they managed to miss the “big sticks” an incredible 22 times!   The groans from around the ground as the Demons failed to put the Tigers away, eventually turned into ironic cheers for each successive point on the scoreboard. However, this irony from the fans was only possible because Melbourne had compl

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    MOMENTS OF DOUBT by KC from Casey

    The Casey Demons maintained their undefeated run and top spot on the VFL ladder after a bruising game against Richmond VFL at Punt Road yesterday but it wasn’t without its moments of doubt. The team was greeted by clear windless weather and sunny skies at Tigerland, a far cry from the prevailing conditions at their fortress in outer suburban Melbourne at Casey Fields. Things looked very bright in the  early part of the game when Jimmy Munro got things under way with the opening goal from a

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

  • Tell a friend

    Love Demonland? Tell a friend!
×
×
  • Create New...