Jump to content

HEAVEN OR HELL by The Oracle



Recommended Posts

Clashes between Melbourne and St Kilda are often described as battles between the forces of heaven and hell. However, based on recent performances, it’s hard to get excited about the forthcoming match between these two sides. It would be fair to say that, at the moment, both of these teams are in the doldrums.

The Demons have become the competition’s slow starters while the Saints are not only slow to begin, they’re not doing much of a job finishing off their games either. About the only thing about their games that creates any interest these days is the post game conference from Saints’ coach Ross Lyon. That’s because he talks so much gibberish, that it provokes a great amount of debate and discussion as to the meaning of his words but not their content.

At least with Simon Goodwin, we know what he’s saying which is what his expectations are from his team which, for various reasons are not currently being achieved. 

Which is exactly why I am tipping the Demons to win this week. They at least retain a clarity of purpose and belief in themselves and this is what should get them across the line in what promises to be the most dull, colourless and boring game of the round. 

It’s a game that’s been perfectly placed in a Sunday afternoon time slot where the AFL bosses will be hoping that nobody notices. 

Melbourne fans can be thankful that some of its stalwarts from the rapidly fading memory of the glories of the 2021 flag are still around pouring their hearts and souls into the game - the likes of big hearted ruckman Max Gawn and his deputy Jack Viney, Christian Petracca, Steven May and Alex Neal-Bullen. Many of the others are content to provide cameos of their ability during matches but little else. 

As it’s still part of the Doug Nicholls round, I’m expecting big things from Kozzy Pickett and Shane McAdam in honour of that recognition along with Maysie who will have the job on the Saints’ King, who their fans say has been due for a big game all season.

If Narrm can get its turnover game going instead of fluffing every opportunity it had to do so, it will come out of the game a winner and restore the team’s prospects for 2024.

Narrm by 15 points. 

THE GAME

St Kilda v Melbourne at The MCG on Sunday 26 May 2024 at 4.20pm

HEAD TO HEAD

Overall Melbourne 125 wins St Kilda 94 wins 1 drawn 

At The MCG Melbourne 60 wins St Kilda 37 wins

Past five meetings Melbourne 4 wins St Kilda 1 win

The Coaches Goodwin 1 win Lyon 0 wins 

THE LAST TIME THEY MET

Melbourne 12.7.79 defeated St Kilda 8.10.58 at The MCG, Round 17, 2023

The Demons came out and kicked five goals in the first term which gave them a reasonably comfortable buffer for the rest of the game. Christian Petracca was a menace when up forward kicking four goals. Ed Langdon and Steven May were best players for the Demons.

THE TEAMS 

NARRM

B J. Bowey, S. May, T. Rivers
HB J. McVee, T. McDonald, C. Salem 
C E. Langdon, C. Oliver, C. Windsor
HF A. Neal-Bullen, H. Petty, K. Pickett 
F K. Chandler, B. Fritsch, S. McAdam 
FOLL M. Gawn, J. Viney, C. Petracca 
I/C L. Hunter, T. Sparrow, A. Tomlinson, J. Van Rooyen, T. Woewodin 
EMG J. Billings, T. Fullarton, B. Howes

IN L. Hunter, E. Langdon, A. Tomlinson, J. van Rooyen

OUT J. Billings (omitted), B. Brown (omitted), B. Howes (omitted), J. Lever (knee)

EURO-YROKE

B J. Battle, D. Howard, C. Wilkie
HB J. Webster, L. Stocker, N. Wanganeen-Milera
C S. Ross, J. Sinclair, M. Wood
HF D. Wilson, B. Hill, L. Henry
F J. Higgins, M. King, A. Caminiti FOLL R. Marshall, J. Steele, M. Windhager
I/C R. Bonner, L. Collard, P. Dow, M. Owens, C. Sharman
EMG R. Byrnes, Z. Jones, B. Paton

IN J. Higgins, S. Ross, L. Stocker

OUT Z. Jones (omitted), B. Paton (omitted), M. Phillipou (omitted)

Injury List: Round 11

Jake Bowey — ankle / Test
Jacob van Rooyen — concussion / Test
Daniel Turner — calf / 2 - 3 weeks 
Charlie Spargo — Achilles / 2 - 3 weeks 
Marty Hore  — calf / 3 - 5 weeks 
Jake Lever — knee / 4 - 6 weeks 
Jake Melksham  — knee / 4 - 6 weeks 
Josh Schache — Achilles/ 4 - 6 weeks

PreviewRd112024.png

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 10
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Demonland Forums  

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles  

    FROZEN by Whispering Jack

    Who would have thought?    Collingwood had a depleted side with several star players out injured, Max Gawn was in stellar form, Christian Petracca at the top of his game and Simon Goodwin was about to pull off a masterstroke in setting Alex Neal-Bullen onto him to do a fantastic job in subduing the Magpies' best player. Goody had his charges primed to respond robustly to the challenge of turning around their disappointing performance against Fremantle in Alice Springs. And if not that, t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 7

    TURNAROUND by KC from Casey

    The Casey Demons won their first game at home this year in the traditional King’s Birthday Weekend clash with Collingwood VFL on Sunday in a dramatic turnaround on recent form that breathed new life into the beleaguered club’s season. The Demons led from the start to record a 52-point victory. It was their highest score and biggest winning margin by far for the 2024 season. Under cloudy but calm conditions for Casey Fields, the home side, wearing the old Springvale guernsey as a mark of res

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    PREGAME: Rd 15 vs North Melbourne

    After two disappointing back to back losses the Demons have the bye in Round 14 and then face perennial cellar dweller North Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday night in Round 15. Who comes in and who goes out?

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 191

    PODCAST: Rd 13 vs Collingwood

    The Demonland Podcast will air LIVE on Tuesday, 11th June @ 8:30pm. Join George, Binman & I as we analyse the Demons loss at the MCG against the Magpies in the Round 13 on Kings Birthday. You questions and comments are a huge part of our podcast so please post anything you want to ask or say below and we'll give you a shout out on the show. If you would like to leave us a voicemail please call 03 9016 3666 and don't worry no body answers so you don't have to talk to a human. L

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 36

    VOTES: Rd 13 vs Collingwood

    Captain Max Gawn has a considerable lead over reigning champion Christian Petracca in the Demonland Player of the Year Award. Steven May, Alex Neal-Bullen & Jack Viney make up the Top 5. Your votes for the loss against the Magpies. 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 41

    POSTGAME: Rd 13 vs Collingwood

    Once again inaccuracy and inefficiency going inside 50 rears it's ugly head as the Demons suffered their second loss on the trot and their fourth loss in five games as they go down to the Pies by 38 points on Kings Birthday at the MCG.

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 415

    GAMEDAY: Rd 13 vs Collingwood

    It's Game Day and the Demons are once again faced with a classic 8 point game against a traditional rival on King's Birthday at the MCG. A famous victory will see them reclaim a place in the Top 8 whereas a loss will be another blow for their finals credentials.

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 941

    BOILED LOLLIES by The Oracle

    In the space of a month Melbourne has gone from chocolates to boiled lollies in terms of its standing as a candidate for the AFL premiership.  The club faces its moment of truth against a badly bruised up Collingwood at the MCG. A win will give it some respite but even then, it won’t be regarded particularly well being against an opponent carrying the burden of an injured playing list. A loss would be a disaster. The Demons have gone from a six/two win/loss ratio and a strong percentag

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews 3

    CLEAN HANDS by KC from Casey

    The Casey Demons headed into town and up Sydney Road to take on the lowly Coburg Lions who have been perennial VFL easy beats and sitting on one win for the season. Last year, Casey beat them in a practice match when resting their AFL listed players. That’s how bad they were. Nobody respected them on Saturday and clearly not the Demons who came to the game with 22 players (ten MFC), but whether they came out to play is another matter because for the most part, their intensity was lacking an

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles
  • Tell a friend

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