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Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL), reigning from Melbourne, Victoria. In 1859,[2] a few days after it was founded, some of its members created the code of football that it still plays. In 1862 it competed in what may be the earliest challenge trophy competition, was a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) (1877), one of two associations and governing bodies formed in the same year and in 1897 it became a foundation member of the Victorian Football League (VFL) competition which later became the national Australian Football League (AFL).



Records:
  • * Record Attendance: 99,346 in round 10 1958
  • * Most Games: 272 by Robert Flower from 1973 to 1987
  • * Biggest finals crowd: 115,802 for the 1956 grand final at the MCG
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
11 Melbourne 22 10 12 0 1944 1991 97.6 40

Two NT home games in 2018

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Melbourne will play two home games in the NT in 2018

MELBOURNE will play two home matches in the Northern Territory next year, including matches in Alice Springs and Darwin.

It will be the fourth successive home game at TIO Traeger Park after Melbourne played Port Adelaide in the first home and away game in Alice Springs in 2014.

And it will be the ninth consecutive season Melbourne has played a home game at TIO Stadium in Darwin.

Melbourne will play the Adelaide Crows at TIO Traeger Park in round 10 on Sunday, May 27 at 2.50pm (ACST)/3.20pm (AEST). It will then host Fremantle at TIO Stadium in round 16 on Saturday, July 7 at 7.10pm (ACST)/7.40pm (AEST).

AFL general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld outlined the AFL’s commitment to take elite matches to all parts of Australia.

“To support the fact that Australian Football is a truly national game, it’s important to take...


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Two NT home games in 2018

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Melbourne will play two home games in the NT in 2018

MELBOURNE will play two home matches in the Northern Territory next year, including matches in Alice Springs and Darwin.

It will be the fourth successive home game at TIO Traeger Park after Melbourne played Port Adelaide in the first home and away game in Alice Springs in 2014.

And it will be the ninth consecutive season Melbourne has played a home game at TIO Stadium in Darwin.

Melbourne will play the Adelaide Crows at TIO Traeger Park in round 10 on Sunday, May 27 at 2.50pm (ACST)/3.20pm (AEST). It will then host Fremantle at TIO Stadium in round 16 on Saturday, July 7 at 7.10pm (ACST)/7.40pm (AEST).

AFL general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld outlined the AFL’s commitment to take elite matches to all parts of Australia.

“To support the fact that Australian Football is a truly national game, it’s important to take...


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Four home games for AFLW team

MELBOURNE will open its 2018 NAB AFL Women’s competition with two home games at Casey Fields against GWS Giants and Adelaide Crows respectively next February.

The red and blue will start its AFLW season against the Giants on Saturday, February 3, 5.05pm (EDT). It will then play the Crows the following Saturday at the same time and venue. 

Melbourne will play four home matches next year, which includes three at Casey Fields and one at TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs against Collingwood in round four. The match will be played at 5.40pm (CST).

The third game at Casey Fields is against the Brisbane Lions on Friday, March 2 at 7.05pm (EDT) in round five.

Aside from its home match in the Northern Territory, Melbourne will play one away game in Western Australia, in round three, when it takes on Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Sunday, February 16 at 3.35pm (WST).

In round six, Melbourne will...


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Four home games for AFLW team

MELBOURNE will open its 2018 NAB AFL Women’s competition with two home games at Casey Fields against GWS Giants and Adelaide Crows respectively next February.

The red and blue will start its AFLW season against the Giants on Saturday, February 3, 5.05pm (EDT). It will then play the Crows the following Saturday at the same time and venue. 

Melbourne will play four home matches next year, which includes three at Casey Fields and one at TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs against Collingwood in round four. The match will be played at 5.40pm (CST).

The third game at Casey Fields is against the Brisbane Lions on Friday, March 2 at 7.05pm (EDT) in round five.

Aside from its home match in the Northern Territory, Melbourne will play one away game in Western Australia, in round three, when it takes on Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Sunday, February 16 at 3.35pm (WST).

In round six, Melbourne will...


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Read more: Four home games for AFLW team

Four home games for AFLW team

MELBOURNE will open its 2018 NAB AFL Women’s competition with two home games at Casey Fields against GWS Giants and Adelaide Crows respectively next February.

The red and blue will start its AFLW season against the Giants on Saturday, February 3, 5.05pm (EDT). It will then play the Crows the following Saturday at the same time and venue. 

Melbourne will play four home matches next year, which includes three at Casey Fields and one at TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs against Collingwood in round four. The match will be played at 5.40pm (CST).

The third game at Casey Fields is against the Brisbane Lions on Friday, March 2 at 7.05pm (EDT) in round five.

Aside from its home match in the Northern Territory, Melbourne will play one away game in Western Australia, in round three, when it takes on Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Sunday, February 16 at 3.35pm (WST).

In round six, Melbourne will...


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AFLW locks in huge round one fixture

CARLTON and Collingwood will reprise their historic 2017 clash when they open the 2018 NAB AFL Women's season on February 2.

The Friday night match (7.40pm AEDT) will be played at the Blues' Ikon Park headquarters, where the gates had to be closed after a capacity crowd of some 24,000 turned up for the competition's maiden match.  

The first round continues on Saturday, February 3, with Melbourne facing Greater Western Sydney at Casey Fields in Melbourne's outer south-east (5.05pm AEDT), and Adelaide will unfurl the first AFLW premiership flag in its Grand Final rematch against the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide's Norwood Oval (6.45pm ACDT).  

The Western Bulldogs and Fremantle close the round with a twilight match (4.35pm AEDT) on Sunday February 4 at Whitten Oval.  

The season will again comprise seven rounds and just one final – the Grand Final – which will be played on the afternoon...


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AFLW locks in huge round one fixture

CARLTON and Collingwood will reprise their historic 2017 clash when they open the 2018 NAB AFL Women's season on February 2.

The Friday night match (7.40pm AEDT) will be played at the Blues' Ikon Park headquarters, where the gates had to be closed after a capacity crowd of some 24,000 turned up for the competition's maiden match.  

The first round continues on Saturday, February 3, with Melbourne facing Greater Western Sydney at Casey Fields in Melbourne's outer south-east (5.05pm AEDT), and Adelaide will unfurl the first AFLW premiership flag in its Grand Final rematch against the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide's Norwood Oval (6.45pm ACDT).  

The Western Bulldogs and Fremantle close the round with a twilight match (4.35pm AEDT) on Sunday February 4 at Whitten Oval.  

The season will again comprise seven rounds and just one final – the Grand Final – which will be played on the afternoon...


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Read more: AFLW locks in huge round one fixture

AFLW locks in huge round one fixture

CARLTON and Collingwood will reprise their historic 2017 clash when they open the 2018 NAB AFL Women's season on February 2.

The Friday night match (7.40pm AEDT) will be played at the Blues' Ikon Park headquarters, where the gates had to be closed after a capacity crowd of some 24,000 turned up for the competition's maiden match.  

The first round continues on Saturday, February 3, with Melbourne facing Greater Western Sydney at Casey Fields in Melbourne's outer south-east (5.05pm AEDT), and Adelaide will unfurl the first AFLW premiership flag in its Grand Final rematch against the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide's Norwood Oval (6.45pm ACDT).  

The Western Bulldogs and Fremantle close the round with a twilight match (4.35pm AEDT) on Sunday February 4 at Whitten Oval.  

The season will again comprise seven rounds and just one final – the Grand Final – which will be played on the afternoon...


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Read more: AFLW locks in huge round one fixture

Melbourne to host Cats in season opener

WEST Coast has beaten Fremantle for the right to host the historic first AFL match at the new $1.5 billion Perth Stadium in round one next year.

The Eagles, who are embarking on a major rebuild with 12 list changes already this off-season, will face Sydney in a twilight game at the 60,000-seat stadium on Sunday, March 25.

>> The full home and away fixture will be released on October 31

A user agreement was finally reached this week that will see the West Australian government pay the WA Football Commission more than $10 million a year for the next decade as part of the deal to leave Domain Stadium.

The first football match at the venue will be an AFL Women's contest involving Fremantle on Saturday, February 10. 

News Corp revealed the 2018 opening round fixtures on Thursday night, with reigning premier Richmond locking horns with Carlton in the traditional opener on March 22. 

The...


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Club to play JLT matches at Casey, Tassie

MELBOURNE will play a Thursday night JLT Community Series game at Casey Fields and open the pre-season competition in Tasmania next year, it was announced on Thursday morning.   

The AFL released the 2018 JLT Community Series fixture, which features 18 games from February 24 to March 11.

Each club will play two matches – one fewer than the 2018 JLT Series.

Melbourne will play in the first JLT match next year when it takes on North Melbourne at Kingston Twin Ovals (Hobart) on Saturday, February 24 at 2.05pm.

It will be the first time an official AFL match will be held at the Tasmanian venue, which opened in 2011.

Melbourne’s second JLT game is a home match at Casey Fields on Thursday night, March 8 at 7.05pm.

Casey Fields has been a regular pre-season venue for Melbourne in recent years.

Melbourne defeated Carlton in its second JLT game at Casey Fields this year.

General manager of...


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Club to play JLT matches at Casey, Tassie

MELBOURNE will play a Thursday night JLT Community Series game at Casey Fields and open the pre-season competition in Tasmania next year, it was announced on Thursday morning.   

The AFL released the 2018 JLT Community Series fixture, which features 18 games from February 24 to March 11.

Each club will play two matches – one fewer than the 2018 JLT Series.

Melbourne will play in the first JLT match next year when it takes on North Melbourne at Kingston Twin Ovals (Hobart) on Saturday, February 24 at 2.05pm.

It will be the first time an official AFL match will be held at the Tasmanian venue, which opened in 2011.

Melbourne’s second JLT game is a home match at Casey Fields on Thursday night, March 8 at 7.05pm.

Casey Fields has been a regular pre-season venue for Melbourne in recent years.

Melbourne defeated Carlton in its second JLT game at Casey Fields this year.

General manager of...


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Jakovich backs Hogan to make mark

MELBOURNE icon Allen Jakovich wants heartbroken forward Jesse Hogan to embrace his late father's memory as he tries to move on from the toughest year of his life.

Hogan, 22, and Jakovich, 49, are contrasting personalities, but the two red-and-blue focal points – whose AFL careers started and ended almost two decades apart – share striking similarities.

Jakovich, like his fellow West Australian prodigy is now, was seen as a key piece in ending the Demons' infamous premiership drought that stretches to 1964.

But more tragically, they both lost their father to cancer as young men while they were chasing football dreams outside their home state.

Jakovich was only 20 and still kicking goals in Darwin when his dad, Darko, lost his short fight in 1988. He kept the tragedy largely a secret in his later AFL days.

Jakovich's mother, Mary, and younger brother, future West Coast defender Glen,...


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Jakovich backs Hogan to make mark

MELBOURNE icon Allen Jakovich wants heartbroken forward Jesse Hogan to embrace his late father's memory as he tries to move on from the toughest year of his life.

Hogan, 22, and Jakovich, 49, are contrasting personalities, but the two red-and-blue focal points – whose AFL careers started and ended almost two decades apart – share striking similarities.

Jakovich, like his fellow West Australian prodigy is now, was seen as a key piece in ending the Demons' infamous premiership drought that stretches to 1964.

But more tragically, they both lost their father to cancer as young men while they were chasing football dreams outside their home state.

Jakovich was only 20 and still kicking goals in Darwin when his dad, Darko, lost his short fight in 1988. He kept the tragedy largely a secret in his later AFL days.

Jakovich's mother, Mary, and younger brother, future West Coast defender Glen,...


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Gawn set for long-term deal

MELBOURNE is close to signing All Australian ruckman Max Gawn on a new long-term deal, says CEO Peter Jackson.

The 25-year-old becomes a restricted free agent at the end of 2018, joining the likes of Rory Sloane, Andrew Gaff, Jeremy McGovern and Sun Tom Lynch as star players likely to be high on rival clubs' recruiting lists. 

Jackson assured the Demon faithful talks were progressing well with the 208cm playmaker, and a likely three-year extension would make him one of the highest-paid players at the club.

"We've been talking to Max all year (about a new contract)," Jackson told SEN on Tuesday.

"We're far enough (into negotiations) the something will get done in the reasonably near future.

"I don't know whether it will be next week or before Christmas, but I think it will be before next season starts.

"Max is committed to the club and sees the opportunities that are coming, so I...


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Gawn set for long-term deal

MELBOURNE is close to signing All Australian ruckman Max Gawn on a new long-term deal, says CEO Peter Jackson.

The 25-year-old becomes a restricted free agent at the end of 2018, joining the likes of Rory Sloane, Andrew Gaff, Jeremy McGovern and Sun Tom Lynch as star players likely to be high on rival clubs' recruiting lists. 

Jackson assured the Demon faithful talks were progressing well with the 208cm playmaker, and a likely three-year extension would make him one of the highest-paid players at the club.

"We've been talking to Max all year (about a new contract)," Jackson told SEN on Tuesday.

"We're far enough (into negotiations) the something will get done in the reasonably near future.

"I don't know whether it will be next week or before Christmas, but I think it will be before next season starts.

"Max is committed to the club and sees the opportunities that are coming, so I...


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Lever had long been a target: Jackson

PETER Jackson says Melbourne had targeted Jake Lever long before he was on an AFL list.

The chief executive spoke about the new Demon and former Adelaide defender on 1116 SEN on Tuesday morning, saying Melbourne’s recruiting team had been keeping a close eye on the outstanding young talent when he was a junior footballer.

“Our list management guys … Josh Mahoney, Todd Viney and Jason Taylor – Todd and Jason in particular – have a got a team [that have tracked Lever for a long time],” he said.

“They’ve been on Jake’s case for a while – there’s no doubt about that.

“They would’ve drafted, if they had have been able to get to him in that time – there’s absolutely no doubt.

“When an opportunity arose, they (the recruiting team) jumped in, because they’ve had a fantastic impression of him.”

Jackson said the recruitment of Lever had been handled in a professional manner.

“Some people...


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Who will Melbourne draft?

WITH the NAB AFL Trade Period done, all attention now turns to next month's NAB AFL Draft in Sydney.

With the draft order now settled, AFL.com.au has honed in on each club's first draft choice and found a player who might be in their thinking, plus some other names who could be in consideration in that range. 

The draft will take place at Sydney Showgrounds on Friday, November 24.

Pick 29: The Dees targeted Jake Lever at the trade table to fill a specific need and did that, so can head to the draft knowing most bases are well covered at the club. They could add some ruck depth but that might be later on in proceedings. Gryan Miers is a player who is likely to get looked at in the second and third rounds of the draft. The Geelong Falcons small forward kicked 50 goals this season at TAC Cup level, including seven in his side's Grand Final win. He's a livewire and often provides a...


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Watts departure best for all: Jackson

Peter Jackson speaks on SEN Peter Jackson spoke to the SEN team this morning regarding all things Melbourne

MELBOURNE chief executive Peter Jackson says the club has secured exciting young talent in recent times by making hard list management decisions, such as the recent parting with popular Demon Jack Watts.

Speaking on 1116 SEN on Tuesday morning, Jackson said the trading of Watts to Port Adelaide was ultimately in the best interests of all parties.  

“The people that have been emotional [about Watts leaving] have been very emotional about it. But I’ve seen the words inundated – we haven’t been inundated [with criticism] at all,” he said.

“You monitor these things and when it was first mooted that he might be traded, there were about 350 to 400 people who called or wrote in or emailed. Afterwards, [when he had been traded], there was a similar number and some of those were the...


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Women's list comes together for Dees

AFLW Rookie Draft: Todd Patterson Melbourne's AFLW List Manager Todd Patterson tells us who Melbourne selected in the 2017 womens rookie draft

MELBOURNE AFLW list manager Todd Patterson says the club was rapt to secure talented/elite players with AFL attributes from other sports.

Patterson said the women’s football talent pool was still emerging, so there were opportunities for elite players from other sports to make the crossover to football. 

“There is still a lot of development to go, so we’ve looked for girls with elite AFL attributes and we feel like we’ve found them and now we’ll back our development team under [coach] Mick [Stinear] to build the rest of their game and get their fundamentals going,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“It’s been an interesting year. We spent 20 hours in the car visiting Eden Zanker twice up at her remote home, so it’s very rewarding and it’s really...


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Club finalises AFLW list with two rookies

MELBOURNE NAB AFL Women's Rookie Draft selections

Comments by Todd Patterson, AFLW Talent Manager

Selection No.6 – Anna Teague (Geelong)

“Anna played with Geelong in the VFL after captaining the Geelong Supercats in the SEABL. She was an outstanding and experienced basketballer in the SEABL. She made the transition to footy this year. She was rarely beaten as a key defender this year. We see Anna as someone who can add plenty as a rookie, particularly with her leadership. Anna is a teacher by profession.”

Selection No.13 – Maddie Shevlin (Gungahlin Jets)

“Maddie comes from the ACT. She was identified through Melbourne’s talent search. She did the testing and impressed. She’s 174cm, athletic and offers versatility. She played in Gungahlin’s losing Grand Final this year and was named in the ACT team of the year. Previously in the GWS Academy, Maddie also represented Australia in Oztag.”


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