Jump to content

  • Podcast: 2021 Season Review  

  • Podcast: 2021 Season Review  

It's the little things that make the whole



Recommended Posts

12 hours ago, Deeoldfart said:


Over the years, I’ve said to many friends and acquaintances (most of whom don’t really understand my passion for the Dees),  that all I want to see before ‘the inevitable’, is another Melbourne Premiership.  
Since our glorious 2021 win, several of those friends and acquaintances have reminded me of my idle comment.

Crikey. They're not asking you to take up your end of the bargain, are they? Must be Essendon supporters.

  • Haha 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

My happiness stems from the long, long wait and seeing people of all ages showing joy of immense proportions. Also, it is wonderful that I can now revisit at any time, the 2021 GF on my dvd in glorious colour. Something I haven't been able to do for the other 7 premierships I have had the good fortune to be around for. 

The other  factor that makes me so happy is the group of young kids in our champion team( 9 under the age of 21). David Neitz and Nathan Jones must think, "Gee, I played over 300 games for my beloved Demons for no premiership medal while Jake Bowey has one after just 7 AFL games." These youngsters play with the composure of a veteran. Look at Bowey, no signs of nerves and 14, 17 and 19 disposals in his three finals appearances. Amazing. Tom Sparrow too thrilled me with his strength and beautiful, powerful kicking. Not to mention the brilliance of Jacko, Rivers and Kosie.

Roll on season 2022.

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 1
  • Love 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites


For me it's the belief that the team has now fully galvanised as just that, a team.

It's opening a thread about "little things that make the whole" and thinking, this is about the Dees cohesion as seen in the counteless, selfless 1%'ers.

I am happy to be wrong and read all of your "little things".

Go Dees!

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

10 hours ago, Bobby McKenzie said:

My happiness stems from the long, long wait and seeing people of all ages showing joy of immense proportions. Also, it is wonderful that I can now revisit at any time, the 2021 GF on my dvd in glorious colour. Something I haven't been able to do for the other 7 premierships I have had the good fortune to be around for. 

The other  factor that makes me so happy is the group of young kids in our champion team( 9 under the age of 21). David Neitz and Nathan Jones must think, "Gee, I played over 300 games for my beloved Demons for no premiership medal while Jake Bowey has one after just 7 AFL games." These youngsters play with the composure of a veteran. Look at Bowey, no signs of nerves and 14, 17 and 19 disposals in his three finals appearances. Amazing. Tom Sparrow too thrilled me with his strength and beautiful, powerful kicking. Not to mention the brilliance of Jacko, Rivers and Kosie.

Roll on season 2022.

Just curious, Bobby. Of the eight premierships you’ve been blessed to have lived through, where does this one (2021) stand? Putting aside the drought breaking aspect, that is. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I love this thread! It really highlights the seemingly endless number of ways this Premiership has left, and is still leaving, its mark. ❤️💙💕❤️💙

Edited by WalkingCivilWar
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

I love this thread! It really highlights the seemingly endless number of ways this Premiership has left, and is still leaving, its mark. ❤️💙💕❤️💙

In 2018 I couldn't go to the finals due to work commitments but seeing the joy on people's faces some even crying, just amazing. To see even greater joy after winning the grand final, just fantastic.

  • Love 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm currently (in a quasi-professional capacity, what a strange world) reading good ol' boy Clausewitz's On War and came across a quote specially designed for this thread and the Demons 2021.

... "it is the noiseless harmony of the whole action which we should admire, and which only makes itself known in the total result. The inquirer who, tracing back from the final result, does not perceive the signs of that harmony is one who is apt to seek for genius where it is not, and where it cannot be found."

There was no moment of genius or extraordinary innovation in the Demons 2021 that set us apart. We simply got to the point of acting as a unified group on the necessities which everyone kind of already knows about.

  • Like 1
  • Thinking 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was there is '64, and the son and heir has to suffer with me for about 30 years. He moved to Adelaide for work at the start of the year. 

He got tickets and saw the win. We will royally celebrate when we can get together!

  • Like 7
  • Love 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

14 hours ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

Just curious, Bobby. Of the eight premierships you’ve been blessed to have lived through, where does this one (2021) stand? Putting aside the drought breaking aspect, that is. 

This one without a doubt. It was something very special. Until this season I always believed the 1956 team was the best Melbourne side ever but now the 2021 group take the banner. So young and talented  with the potential to have a lot more success in future years.

  • Like 2
  • Love 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/18/2021 at 12:00 PM, hemingway said:

Twenty years ago I thought I had plenty of time to see a Premiership. However, in recent years I was beginning to think that it would not happen in my lifetime and that I would not have the joy of sharing the experience with my adult boys. And the thought that their loyalty and enjoyment may be extinguished. 

At the start of the game I remember thinking, if not this year, when ? 

It is ridiculous to place so much importance on footy. It defies logic because it is so emotional. 

However, what a difference the win has made to my mood. It has reinforced in my mind that we should always maintain faith and hope, and, even expectation. To think that miracles do happen (but not the kind that our PM believes in). 

To never again to have to put up with hearing and reading all the derogatory comments about something you love. To not have to suffer the looks of pity and the words “long suffering Demon supporters”. To watch and read of the joy of the players, the coach, club officials and all the other Demon supporters. 

Can it be that important? You betcha! The win and post match celebrations are to be savoured and never forgotten. 

A dream come true for all of us. A feeling that all that agony, heartache and disappointment has been for a reason. It has made the joy of winning that much more significant and meaningful. 

Thank you Melbourne Football Club. 

It’s post like this that warm my heart. My uncle is terminally ill and I was worried he’d be the same. My dad is getting on in age. It’s the people like you that deserve it the most ❤️

  • Like 2
  • Love 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I’m a post 64 supporter and throughout that time it was always the other teams that had the champion players….including plenty of whom I feel would only be regarded as “good ordinary” had they played for us. And even our best (Flower, Lyon, Schwartz, Stynes etc) had  the qualifier that they’ve never won a premiership. This year has blown that away

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

There are so many sentiments that I can identify with on this thread. Our family have been Melbourne supporters for close on 50 years. Unfortunately both parents have passed on in the last 3 years and missed the Premiership this year, which they would have loved to have seen and experienced, obviously.  I still am getting used to the idea, I have had almost 50 years of thinking 'maybe next year' so it's taking time to realise it's actually happened THIS year.  I still get emotional watching the last 10 minutes of the 3rd quarter despite watching it plenty of times.

Like others have mentioned, I have admired and loved the efforts of great Melbourne players, however, up to now, when they were on TV etc, they're couldn't be described as premiership players which didn't quite elevate them to the status of other players in the same era, in my opinion. Now we can have those players....now we can revel in Melbourne's players having a Premiership reunion every few years, now we can have not just club champions, but competition champions.

  • Like 5
  • Love 3
  • Sad 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/21/2021 at 6:45 AM, low flying Robbo said:

I feel sorry for my baby boy who's never seen a Melbourne premiership in his lifetime 😄

That why there is such a feeling for the Wights  Broadbridges Stynes Silvias Flowers etc. 

We all have relatives that have missed this event some are luckier and we're around in the 50's and 60's!

I feel for any one in this situation but please don't let it overrule  your joy and elation on such a magnificent achievement.

I was lucky enough to be able to go to the game from Brisbane but I have no guarantees about next year or a dynasty of flags st this stage either! 

Please embrace the present I don't want the feeling to stop.!!!

One if the great days of my life and I hope to emulate it again at  the G in 2022.

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

1 hour ago, 58er said:

That why there is such a feeling for the Wights  Broadbridges Stynes Silvias Flowers etc. 

We all have relatives that have missed this event some are luckier and we're around in the 50's and 60's!

I feel for any one in this situation but please don't let it overrule  your joy and elation on such a magnificent achievement.

I was lucky enough to be able to go to the game from Brisbane but I have no guarantees about next year or a dynasty of flags st this stage either! 

Please embrace the present I don't want the feeling to stop.!!!

One if the great days of my life and I hope to emulate it again at  the G in 2022.

Beautiful sentiments 58er but I’m sure LFR was JK. 😊

I’m guessing he’s had a baby sometime since the GF. 

Edited by WalkingCivilWar
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

This one’s a preemptive “little thing” that I’ve always been a bit jealous of. Once the AFL and Channel Seven start marketing the new season in 2022, you can bet Max, Clarry and Trac will be the faces of everything, the same way Bont was in 2017. Sort of a mini refresher at the start of the season. 

  • Like 1
  • Love 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Coming out of lockdown my Family got together on Saturday night  in our colours had a BBQ and then watched the Granny together. We talked a lot laughed a lot and loved every minute of every great play and goal that we have memorised and then watched the presentation together for the first time. It was a memorable night apart from me almost burning down my daughters BBQ. This Granny is something that we will remember for the rest of our lives.💕❤️💙

  • Like 8
  • Love 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/23/2021 at 7:02 AM, Cassiew said:

It’s post like this that warm my heart. My uncle is terminally ill and I was worried he’d be the same. My dad is getting on in age. It’s the people like you that deserve it the most ❤️

Nice comments thanks. I am just grateful for the win and for being able to enjoy and bathe in the after glow. 

It has brought joy to our hearts. Not just the elderly, but supporters of all ages particularly the kids and the younger brigade. All those who have lived with the disappointments of the past 20 to 30 years.

A sense of pride has been restored in a way that has never happened before. The great sides of the 50s and early 60s were built on the success of earlier years going back to the 30s and 40s. Melbourne was simply the biggest and the best. We had nothing to prove. Everyone regarded the Club as the biggest and the best. Period. 

This time the club had to pull itself out of hole of 50 years of suffering. And many years of being regarded as perennial losers. Now we have seen the transition from loser to winner and a club that has regained its pride. It’s an amazing feeling and an amazing time to be a Demons supporter.

That dull feeling of defeat and negativity has lifted to unveil bright sunshine and a red and blue sky. 

  • Like 5
  • Love 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 hours ago, hemingway said:

Nice comments thanks. I am just grateful for the win and for being able to enjoy and bathe in the after glow. 

It has brought joy to our hearts. Not just the elderly, but supporters of all ages particularly the kids and the younger brigade. All those who have lived with the disappointments of the past 20 to 30 years.

A sense of pride has been restored in a way that has never happened before. The great sides of the 50s and early 60s were built on the success of earlier years going back to the 30s and 40s. Melbourne was simply the biggest and the best. We had nothing to prove. Everyone regarded the Club as the biggest and the best. Period

This time the club had to pull itself out of hole of 50 years of suffering. And many years of being regarded as perennial losers. Now we have seen the transition from loser to winner and a club that has regained its pride. It’s an amazing feeling and an amazing time to be a Demons supporter.

That dull feeling of defeat and negativity has lifted to unveil bright sunshine and a red and blue sky. 

And that's what killed me, we were once the biggest club in the land and then we fell in to a hole and tinpot, made up clubs, like the Eagles and the Crows started winning Grand Finals, that's when I started to despair we'd never win another flag.

We've done it now and will do it again next year and hopefully the year after that. It's despair, you just go through the motions every year and know what the outcome will be.

I didn't watch a game in 2019 or 2020, not one and I didn't follow the results or really care, I still renewed my memberships but was just sick of the disappointment.

I went to the first game this year and said to my partner that I liked what I saw, so we went to every game we could after that, glad we did.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

44 minutes ago, Dante said:

And that's what killed me, we were once the biggest club in the land and then we fell in to a hole and tinpot, made up clubs, like the Eagles and the Crows started winning Grand Finals, that's when I started to despair we'd never win another flag.

We've done it now and will do it again next year and hopefully the year after that. It's despair, you just go through the motions every year and know what the outcome will be.

I didn't watch a game in 2019 or 2020, not one and I didn't follow the results or really care, I still renewed my memberships but was just sick of the disappointment.

I went to the first game this year and said to my partner that I liked what I saw, so we went to every game we could after that, glad we did.

You were not alone. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

As with the post-game thread, posters on this thread to date - too many to acknowledge individually - please accept this 👍from me.

Pretty much every day I have a flash of clarity, that my 'belief' that there would be another premiership in the relatively few years remaining of my lifetime was a self-protective pretense, not supported in hindsight by any real evidence and shadowed by a niggle that the reality was that there would not be another. Every year there was a team, or more, better destined than us.

But then follows the realisation that it did happen. It is a thing of wonder that something bad, lurking soooo long at one's core, is just no longer there.

  • Like 1
  • Love 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Smiles on faces. Not so little, though. In fact, the smiles on GF day were huge. In particular, I never get tired of seeing those smiles on the players’ faces. And Goody and the coaching staff, everyone. So heartwarming! ❤️💙

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

bT said that if you mix Dustin Martin with Peter Daicos you end up with Christian Petracca.!!! LOL.!!!

  • Haha 1
  • Facepalm 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/18/2021 at 12:00 PM, hemingway said:

It is ridiculous to place so much importance on footy. It defies logic because it is so emotional. 

Not so ridiculous. Where else can you get so much shared joy, happiness and camaraderie that it overwhelms normal life. That is the logic of our footy, the greatest game on earth, and we are the current masters. What could be more logical and emotional.

  • Like 1
  • Love 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

36 minutes ago, DeeZone said:

bT said that if you mix Dustin Martin with Peter Daicos you end up with Christian Petracca.!!! LOL.!!!

Ummm…………..when was the last time either of them had 39 touches in a GF? Oh that’s right, never.

Daicos was mercurial, but an extremely outside player. Martin is a glorified 1-way runner and doesn’t know how to defend to save himself. Trac has them both covered.

p.s - as for the little things, I always dreamt of knowing the feeling of winning a premiership…..I am now living that dream ❤️. The nagging and anchoring feeling of failure has been replaced with a contentedness and joy that I have never felt before.

Some say it’s just a game. BS………it’s the only game, 

image.jpeg.6004d3fde4518caa078a00c2d80de1ea.jpeg

Edited by Demon Disciple
  • Love 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles  

    THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2021 by Whispering Jack

    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOT MUCH The 2021 Free Agency and Trade Periods were billed by Fox Footy as promising a “period like no other and that certainly proved correct but not for the reasons that Network spin suggested when promoting its daily program of news from the trade desk. The truth is that the football public has endured an uneventful and forgettable fortnight unless you perhaps, happen to be a Carlton or a Hawthorn fan. The Blues managed to pick up the biggest name of the trade peri

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features

    CHANGES 2021 by The Oracle

    Part 1: Moving right along … For the first time in aeons, the end of the football season hasn’t felt as if it passed so swiftly. We’re still living the dream of 25 September, 2021 and rightfully so — we were patient, long-suffering and we’ve earned the right to party hard (as long as we’re not infecting the rest of the state as some health authorities contend). But we’ve also come into October which in football terms means that for one segment of the Melbourne Football Club — the recru

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 12

    THE APPRENTICE by Whispering Jack

    Melbourne Next Generation Academy prospect Mac Andrew has had a meteoric rise in the eyes of many track watchers who follow the fortunes of football talent at the elite level. So much so that under the AFL's new rules which prohibit clubs from matching bids on their NGA players within the first 20 selections, there’s a widely held perception that Andrew is falling out of the club’s grasp.   Despite being buoyed by the Demons’ drought-breaking premiership, some fans are showing their a

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 3

    OUR GRAND OLD FLAG by George On The Outer

    When an AFL Grand Final approaches, supporters look for omens to help them foresee how their team will fare in the contest.   Melbourne supporters were, until just before Saturday’s opening bounce, the best in the business at looking for positives to give them hope and direction - a natural feeling after 57 years in the wilderness. So when the Bulldogs’ streamers kept slipping from the handle of the Premiership Cup as Glen Jackovich delivered it to Optus Stadium, they wondered whether it

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE ICING ON THE QUAKE by Whispering Jack

    It’s not Christmas yet but if the Melbourne wins its last game of the 2021 season, then many of its fans will be celebrating early. There already are some parts of our town where the pending festivity is preordained. Houses are decked out with red and blue banners and streamers, some of which appeared as early as last Saturday week, on the morning after the Demons’ magnificent 83-point crushing of Geelong in their preliminary final at Optus Stadium. While it’s great to see the numbers of lo

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    CAT SKINNING by George On The Outer

    When they defeated the Geelong Cats in the 2021 AFL Preliminary Final on Friday night in Perth, Melbourne proved that there is more than one way to skin those cats.  They did it in the ruck and in the middle, they did it in the forward line, they did it in defence and around the ground, but importantly, each and every player a Demon guernsey spent his night at Optus Stadium skinning an opponent. Following the after-the-siren win against Geelong in Round 23, there was an expectation of

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE POINTY END by The Oracle

    The AFL’s two oldest clubs, Melbourne and Geelong, face off on Friday evening in a sudden death Preliminary Final. It’s a game that promises plenty in terms of fascination and intrigue as a result of the rivalry that’s been building between the teams over recent encounters that have been tight struggles which have gone to the wire with two of them decided by after-the-siren goals. The added touch of mystery attached to this week’s meeting comes by virtue of the fact that it’s going to take

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    THE VFL YEAR THAT NEVER WAS by KC from Casey

    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 th

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    TAMING THE LIONS by George On The Outer

    With nine finals debutants in the side, the Melbourne Football Club had a daunting assignment ahead of it in the First Qualifying Final — to overcome the competition’s highest scoring side, the Brisbane Lions. In the end, the Demons accomplished the task by putting the bite on their opponents on their way to taming the Lions and recording a 33 point win that propelled them into one the two Preliminary Finals of 2021.   It was one of those debutants, Luke Jackson, who put the bite in more

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    RETURN TO NEVERLAND by Whispering Jack

    The greatest Demon A HIGHWAY OF DEMONS by Whispering Jack CHAPTER SIXTEEN - RETURN TO NEVERLAND  I have a six year old grandson who recently took up the family tradition of following the Demons. He had his first taste of the game a few years ago when he went to the “G” with his parents to watch the 107-point massacre of Carlton and he went to another game in the following season which was also a W for the Dees. But his appetite for the club has grown exponentially this year and wh

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 13

    METAMORPHOSIS by Whispering Jack

    I’ve always believed that when the home and away matches come to an end, the football season takes on a completely different shape and character. During the regular season, each team’s goals progress as the weeks pass and if you’re good enough to survive and make the grade, the situation changes. The comparison can be made with the life cycle of a butterfly going through stages from egg to larva to caterpillar, cocoon and in the end to a bright and colourful creature that emerges from darkness i

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    STEALING THE CATS’ CREAM by George On The Outer

    They were leading by 44 points well into the third quarter of a game to decide the minor premier, having kicked nine unanswered goals. The Cats were about to lap up their bowl of cream, dreaming of next week but the Demons led by Max Gawn had other ideas. In a stunning finish, they stole the game from under them to claim the plaudits as best team and top of ladder position. In a remarkable game, it all came down to Max having to kick the winning goal after the final siren, something which s

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

  • Tell a friend

    Love Demonland? Tell a friend!

×
×
  • Create New...