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Beginnings:

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

Spargo takes it in his stride

IT’S BEEN a little more than a week since Charlie Spargo was Melbourne’s first selection, at No.29, in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

Since that time, he has experienced a big, but rewarding time at his new club.

“It’s been a pretty reasonable adjustment. It’s been a whirlwind few days with the draft last Friday (November 24) and then moving [back] down on Sunday [from Albury] and moving in with a host family, but they’ve been great,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“One of the players is temporarily in the house that I’m in, Billy Stretch, and he’s been really good in taking me to training and helping me out with whatever I need.

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Charlie Spargo in action at training last week (Photo: Matthew Goodrope)

“Training wise, they’re long days, but all of the players have to go with it. All of the players have been terrific in welcoming me, and all of the new draftees, and helping us out. Anything we...


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Spargo takes it in his stride

IT’S BEEN a little more than a week since Charlie Spargo was Melbourne’s first selection, at No.29, in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

Since that time, he has experienced a big, but rewarding time at his new club.

“It’s been a pretty reasonable adjustment. It’s been a whirlwind few days with the draft last Friday (November 24) and then moving [back] down on Sunday [from Albury] and moving in with a host family, but they’ve been great,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“One of the players is temporarily in the house that I’m in, Billy Stretch, and he’s been really good in taking me to training and helping me out with whatever I need.

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Charlie Spargo in action at training last week (Photo: Matthew Goodrope)

“Training wise, they’re long days, but all of the players have to go with it. All of the players have been terrific in welcoming me, and all of the new draftees, and helping us out. Anything we...


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2018 AFL lists: age and experience

ADELAIDE has backed experience in its quest to atone for this year's Grand Final defeat, assembling what will be the oldest list in the competition in 2018.

The Crows had the seventh oldest group in 2017 but have rocketed to the top through the recruitment of midfielders Sam Gibson, 31, and Bryce Gibbs, 28, and two mature-age rookies.

It has lifted their average age as of round one next season to 24 years and 192 days, ahead of Hawthorn (24 and 179), Collingwood (24 and 98), Geelong (24 and 95) and Greater Western Sydney (24 and 16).

The Crows have a League average of three players over 30, but they lead the competition for players aged 25-29, with 19 (equal with Geelong).

Hawthorn has the Crows covered for average games experience, with 74, also leading the competition for average goals (59) and players with 100-199 games played (14).

Premiers Richmond are sitting in a strong list...


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2018 AFL lists: age and experience

ADELAIDE has backed experience in its quest to atone for this year's Grand Final defeat, assembling what will be the oldest list in the competition in 2018.

The Crows had the seventh oldest group in 2017 but have rocketed to the top through the recruitment of midfielders Sam Gibson, 31, and Bryce Gibbs, 28, and two mature-age rookies.

It has lifted their average age as of round one next season to 24 years and 192 days, ahead of Hawthorn (24 and 179), Collingwood (24 and 98), Geelong (24 and 95) and Greater Western Sydney (24 and 16).

The Crows have a League average of three players over 30, but they lead the competition for players aged 25-29, with 19 (equal with Geelong).

Hawthorn has the Crows covered for average games experience, with 74, also leading the competition for average goals (59) and players with 100-199 games played (14).

Premiers Richmond are sitting in a strong list...


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Sam progressing from off-season surgery

ANKLE surgery at the end of last season has led to a delayed start to pre-season training for promising young Melbourne forward Sam Weideman.

Meanwhile, key forward/defender Tom McDonald is set to join the main training group after Christmas following surgery on both of his ankles in September, while co-skipper Nathan Jones is back in full training after dealing with a niggling calf complaint.

Weideman, 20, went under the knife not long after the Casey Demons' semi-finals loss to Richmond in September and has not been spotted out on the training track since the first-to-fourth-year players began their summer campaign on November 6.

The young forward is nearing a return to the track, but the Demons will be cautious with his recovery, and a timeline for his return to main training is still up in the air.

"Weids had ankle surgery in the off-season, so he's progressing really well,"...


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Sam progressing from off-season surgery

ANKLE surgery at the end of last season has led to a delayed start to pre-season training for promising young Melbourne forward Sam Weideman.

Meanwhile, key forward/defender Tom McDonald is set to join the main training group after Christmas following surgery on both of his ankles in September, while co-skipper Nathan Jones is back in full training after dealing with a niggling calf complaint.

Weideman, 20, went under the knife not long after the Casey Demons' semi-finals loss to Richmond in September and has not been spotted out on the training track since the first-to-fourth-year players began their summer campaign on November 6.

The young forward is nearing a return to the track, but the Demons will be cautious with his recovery, and a timeline for his return to main training is still up in the air.

"Weids had ankle surgery in the off-season, so he's progressing really well,"...


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December pre-season injury update

ELITE performance manager Dave Misson says the players are “well and truly” into their pre-season program.

Misson said the squad, including the four recruits from last Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft, had an important period leading up to the Christmas/New Year break.

“It’s the end of week two since the five [year] plus guys have come back and [we’ve] got three weeks to go [until the break],” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“We’ll just have a standard run into Christmas. The boys have got two and a half weeks off over the break, so they get a pretty structured program.

“We come back after Christmas and we’ve got two or three weeks, and then we’re up to Maroochydore [for our pre-season camp], so it won’t be long until we’re talking about JLT [Community Series].”

Misson said draftees Charlie Spargo (shoulder) and Harrison Petty (elbow) were being monitored after arriving at the club with...


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December pre-season injury update

ELITE performance manager Dave Misson says the players are “well and truly” into their pre-season program.

Misson said the squad, including the four recruits from last Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft, had an important period leading up to the Christmas/New Year break.

“It’s the end of week two since the five [year] plus guys have come back and [we’ve] got three weeks to go [until the break],” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“We’ll just have a standard run into Christmas. The boys have got two and a half weeks off over the break, so they get a pretty structured program.

“We come back after Christmas and we’ve got two or three weeks, and then we’re up to Maroochydore [for our pre-season camp], so it won’t be long until we’re talking about JLT [Community Series].”

Misson said draftees Charlie Spargo (shoulder) and Harrison Petty (elbow) were being monitored after arriving at the club with...


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Lewis trains with backline

JORDAN Lewis will spend this summer training as a defender, as Melbourne looks to enhance its leadership credentials among an inexperienced backline group.

Lewis joined marquee recruit Jake Lever and fellow defenders Oscar McDonald, Sam Frost, Neville Jetta and Bernie Vince when the players split into their designated line groups at Gosch's Paddock on Wednesday.

During the two-hour session in the Melbourne heat, the defenders had a particular focus on their body work and positioning in the contest – with Lewis and Vince going toe-to-toe in contested marking drills.

Lever has been eased into training for the start of pre-season following his trade from Adelaide, but took a step up on Wednesday, and Lewis said he was relishing the chance to learn from the former Crow.

"I've been training with the backline so far this pre-season," Lewis said.

"[Jake and I are] going to be pretty tight...


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Lewis looks to youngsters for improvement

JORDAN Lewis is backing the club’s younger brigade to step-up over the pre-season and into its 2018 campaign.

The four-time premiership player said the likes of Clayton Oliver, Christian Petracca, Angus Brayshaw and Jesse Hogan all had the ability to take their game to the next level. And he added that Hogan had come back strongly after a challenging 2017 season. 

“I couldn’t imagine what he went through last season and his ability to deal with that and come back and play a few games – and then get struck down by injury again – you feel for the young guy,” Lewis said.

“He’s come back with a really good attitude and let’s just hope he gets a free run at it this year, because we’ve all seen what he can do in the past.

“If he strings games together and gets that confidence back, he’s a real key forward for us.”

Lewis said everyone had come back in good shape “because you’re scared of...


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Eight new guernsey holders for 2018

WITH its list locked and loaded, Melbourne has announced its guernsey numbers for 2018.

In total, there are eight jumper changes, given there are six new players at the club – Jake Lever (Adelaide Crows), Harley Balic (Fremantle), Charlie Spargo (Murray Bushrangers), Bayley Fritsch (Casey Demons), Harrison Petty (Norwood) and Oskar Baker (Aspley) – while James Harmes and Corey Maynard have received lower numbers. 

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James Harmes will wear number four in 2018 (Photo: Matthew Goodrope)

Harmes, who has worn No.43 in 44 games for Melbourne, will wear No.4 next year, after it became vacant following Jack Watts’ departure to Port Adelaide.

The legendary Norm Smith is Melbourne’s greatest name to have worn No.4, while four-time premiership player John Lord also wore the guernsey.

Maynard has switched to No.20 – the number worn by his grandfather Graham Campbell at Fitzroy – after making his...


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All 18 lists locked in for 2018

Rory Atkins, Eddie Betts, Luke Brown, Kyle Cheney, Brad Crouch, Matt Crouch, Ben Davis, Harry Dear, Tom Doedee, Richard Douglas, Darcy Fogarty, Jordan Gallucci, Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson, Hugh Greenwood, Curtly Hampton, Kyle Hartigan, Elliott Himmelberg, Sam Jacobs, Joshua Jenkins, Alex Keath, Jake Kelly, Riley Knight, Rory Laird, Thomas Lynch, David Mackay, Mitchell McGovern, Andrew McPherson, Wayne Milera, Reilly O'Brien, Andrew Otten, Myles Poholke, Paul Seedsman, Matthew Signorello, Rory Sloane, Brodie Smith, Daniel Talia, Taylor Walker

Category A Rookies: Jackson Edwards, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen, Paul Hunter 2nd Year, Benjamin Jarman 2nd Year, Lachlan Murphy, Patrick Wilson 

Jacob Allison, Harris Andrews, Zac Bailey, Connor Ballenden, Ryan Bastinac, Dayne Beams, Tom Bell, Jarrod Berry, Rohan Bewick, Charlie Cameron, Allen Christensen, Cedric Cox, Tom Cutler, Liam Dawson, Jack...


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Women continue to help grow the game

THE AFL has announced record participation of Australian Football across all levels, with more than 1.5 million people playing the game.

A total of 1,547,915 participated in 2017, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year. 

Females made up 30 per cent of that number after the introduction of the NAB AFL Women's competition this year. 

As a point of comparison, cricket had 1.4 million participants, of which 27 per cent were women.

AFL game development manager Andrew Dillon told reporters at Maribyrnong Secondary College on Thursday the aim was to have males and females playing football in equal numbers.

"It is a goal. I think it's a couple of years away but I know anecdotally, I was in Byron Bay for the diversity championships earlier this year and the Byron Bay Magpies will have more girls than boys playing next year," Dillon said.  

"It is happening, but it will happen...


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Jakobsson to wear No.7

KEY recruit Bianca Jakobsson will wear No.7 for Melbourne next year, after the AFLW squad was allotted its guernsey numbers for the 2018 season.

Jakobsson, who played for Carlton in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s season in 2017, joined Melbourne via the NAB AFL Women’s trade and signing period in May.

She has taken over the No.7 guernsey from Deanna Berry, who joined the Western Bulldogs in the off-season.

Jakobsson is one of 10 new players to join Melbourne for the 2018 season.

Former WNBL player Tegan Cunningham will don the No.1 guernsey in 2018, after it was worn by former Melbourne top-up player Elise Strachan in one AFLW this season.

Another former basketballer, Kate Hore, has been given No.10, which was the number of former Demon Sarah Jolly in 2017.

Ex-Giant, Ashley Guest, who played for Melbourne in the exhibition series before the AFLW competition started, has been given...


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Jakobsson to wear No.7

KEY recruit Bianca Jakobsson will wear No.7 for Melbourne next year, after the AFLW squad was allotted its guernsey numbers for the 2018 season.

Jakobsson, who played for Carlton in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s season in 2017, joined Melbourne via the NAB AFL Women’s trade and signing period in May.

She has taken over the No.7 guernsey from Deanna Berry, who joined the Western Bulldogs in the off-season.

Jakobsson is one of 10 new players to join Melbourne for the 2018 season.

Former WNBL player Tegan Cunningham will don the No.1 guernsey in 2018, after it was worn by former Melbourne top-up player Elise Strachan in one AFLW this season.

Another former basketballer, Kate Hore, has been given No.10, which was the number of former Demon Sarah Jolly in 2017.

Ex-Giant, Ashley Guest, who played for Melbourne in the exhibition series before the AFLW competition started, has been given...


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Jakobsson to wear No.7

KEY recruit Bianca Jakobsson will wear No.7 for Melbourne next year, after the AFLW squad was allotted its guernsey numbers for the 2018 season.

Jakobsson, who played for Carlton in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s season in 2017, joined Melbourne via the NAB AFL Women’s trade and signing period in May.

She has taken over the No.7 guernsey from Deanna Berry, who joined the Western Bulldogs in the off-season.

Jakobsson is one of 10 new players to join Melbourne for the 2018 season.

Former WNBL player Tegan Cunningham will don the No.1 guernsey in 2018, after it was worn by former Melbourne top-up player Elise Strachan in one AFLW this season.

Another former basketballer, Kate Hore, has been given No.10, which was the number of former Demon Sarah Jolly in 2017.

Ex-Giant, Ashley Guest, who played for Melbourne in the exhibition series before the AFLW competition started, has been given...


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Delayed start won’t stop Viney

Injury Update: Jack Viney Matt Burgan catches up with Jack Viney on his injury

JACK Viney says he’s on track for the start of the 2018 season, despite a delayed pre-season.

Viney said he was “absolutely confident” he would be right to play when the matches got underway next year, after foot problems interrupted the latter part of his 2017 season, forcing him to miss four of the final eight games, including the last two rounds.  

“[I’m] absolutely confident that I’ll be right, but probably the one thing I learnt from last season – or one of my key learnings – was that I probably pushed myself too hard in the pre-season and didn’t have my body feeling 100 per cent coming into the season,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“You can’t make up [lost training time], and there is no time to rest and get better, so that’s what I’m focusing on at the moment – taking it real slow with my body,...


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Delayed start won’t stop Viney

Injury Update: Jack Viney Matt Burgan catches up with Jack Viney on his injury

JACK Viney says he’s on track for the start of the 2018 season, despite a delayed pre-season.

Viney said he was “absolutely confident” he would be right to play when the matches got underway next year, after foot problems interrupted the latter part of his 2017 season, forcing him to miss four of the final eight games, including the last two rounds.  

“[I’m] absolutely confident that I’ll be right, but probably the one thing I learnt from last season – or one of my key learnings – was that I probably pushed myself too hard in the pre-season and didn’t have my body feeling 100 per cent coming into the season,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“You can’t make up [lost training time], and there is no time to rest and get better, so that’s what I’m focusing on at the moment – taking it real slow with my body,...


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Delayed start won’t stop Viney

Injury Update: Jack Viney Matt Burgan catches up with Jack Viney on his injury

JACK Viney says he’s on track for the start of the 2018 season, despite a delayed pre-season.

Viney said he was “absolutely confident” he would be right to play when the matches got underway next year, after foot problems interrupted the latter part of his 2017 season, forcing him to miss four of the final eight games, including the last two rounds.  

“[I’m] absolutely confident that I’ll be right, but probably the one thing I learnt from last season – or one of my key learnings – was that I probably pushed myself too hard in the pre-season and didn’t have my body feeling 100 per cent coming into the season,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“You can’t make up [lost training time], and there is no time to rest and get better, so that’s what I’m focusing on at the moment – taking it real slow with my body,...


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AFLW trio sign with Casey in VFLW

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MELBOURNE has signed three of its AFLW players to the Casey Demons.

Bianca Jakobsson, Jasmine Grierson and Katherine Smith, who will all play for Melbourne in next year’s NAB AFL Women’s competition, have also committed to playing for Casey in the revamped VFL Women’s league in 2018.

Casey has also signed Alicia Johnson (Cranbourne), Cara Moody (Cranbourne), Amy Marshall (Frankston), Kasey Guttridge (Gippsland), Ruby Clayton (Dandenong Stingrays) and Georgia Gourlay (Dandenong Stingrays).

Melbourne AFLW talent manager Todd Patterson said the club was delighted to secure a talented group. 

“We are really pleased to have an initial batch of signings of this quality. [We’ve got] a good mix of AFLW, local [players], Cranbourne and TAC graduates. It is really pleasing to see that some of our AFLW players have signalled they are willing to invest into the Casey Demons program from the...


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