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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

Locked in: Melbourne’s 2018 list

HERE is Melbourne’s list for 2018, following the NAB AFL Draft held on Friday, November 24, 2017 …

2018 MELBOURNE LIST
1. Baker, Oskar
2. Balic, Harley
3. Brayshaw, Angus
4. Bugg, Tomas
5. Filipovic, Lochie (rookie)
6. Fritsch, Bayley
7. Frost, Sam
8. Garlett, Jeff
9. Gawn, Max
10. Hannan, Mitch
11. Harmes, James
12. Hibberd, Michael
13. Hogan, Jesse
14. Hunt, Jayden
15. Jetta, Neville
16. Johnstone, Dion
17. Jones, Nathan
18. Keilty, Declan (rookie)
19. Kennedy-Harris, Jay
20. Kent, Dean
21. King, Mitch
22. Lever, Jake
23. Lewis, Jordan
24. Maynard, Corey (rookie)
25. McDonald, Oscar
26. McDonald, Tom
27. McKenna, Pat
28. Melksham, Jake
29. Neal-Bullen, Alex
30. Oliver, Clayton
31. Pedersen, Cameron
32. Petracca, Christian
33. Petty, Harrison
34. Salem, Christian
35. Smith, Joel
36. Smith, Tim (rookie)
37. Spargo, Charlie
38. Stretch, Billy
39. Tyson, Dom
40. vandenBerg, Aaron
41. Vince, Bernie
42. Viney, Jack
43. Wagner,...


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Mix of draftees complete list

NAB AFL Draft: Jason Taylor Matt Burgan talks to Jason Taylor after a successful night in Sydney

NATIONAL recruiting manager Jason Taylor says Melbourne added a variety of players to finalise its 2018 squad.

Speaking after Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft in Sydney, Taylor was delighted to add Charlie Spargo, Bayley Fritsch, Harrison Petty and Oskar Baker to Melbourne's 2018 squad. 

“It was a pretty open night. There wasn't many surprises, but you’re just not sure on nights like this and how it’s going to play out. We’re worried about our lot – and we’re pleased with our outcomes,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“With variety in our picks – a key defender, a small forward/mid, an outside player with a bit of run-and-dash and also Bayley [Fritsch] with his forward craft – there is a really good mix now.

“Those boys will come in on Monday and put their head down, bum up and get to work, so...


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Spargo continues family tradition

Pick 29: Charlie Spargo Highlights Pick No.29Welcome to the Melbourne Football Club Charlie Spargo!

PERHAPS one of the more underrated football families in VFL/AFL history may not be that way any longer, after a fourth-generation member of the Spargo family – Charlie Spargo – entered the AFL on Friday night, when Melbourne snapped up him with its first pick, No.29 overall, in this year’s NAB AFL Draft.

Charlie follows his great grandfather Bob Snr, who played two games for Melbourne in 1942, after 65 matches with Footscray from 1934-41.

In fact, Bob Snr had two sons, Bob Jnr and Ricky, who both played for the Bulldogs. Bob Jnr notched up 80 games for the Dogs from 1958-63 and Ricky featured in 64 matches for Footscray from 1966-71.

And Bob Jnr’s son Paul – the father of Charlie – played 90 VFL/AFL matches from 1985-93, including 81 with North Melbourne from 1985-92 and nine games...


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Fritsch continues Casey/Melbourne link

LAST year, big men Tim Smith and Declan Keilty were added to Melbourne’s list, after playing with VFL affiliate, Casey Demons, and the partnership has continued in 2017 when Casey’s Bayley Fritsch was drafted by Melbourne in the NAB AFL Draft on Friday night.

Selected with the red and blue’s second selection, Fritsch had an outstanding 2017, which included the Fothergill-Round Medal for the best young VFL player.

The almost 21-year-old – he celebrates his milestone on December 6 – played 19 matches for Casey this year and finished the season with 42 goals. Only Port Melbourne’s Jordan Lisle (51 goals) and Collingwood’s Kayke Kirby (43) kicked more in 2017; Richmond’s Ben Lennon also booted 42 majors.

The 186cm tall Fritsch was also named on the half-forward flank in the 2017 VFL Team of the Year, and represented Victoria against Western Australia in state football this year.

Pronouced...


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Baker makes his late Mum proud

IF TENACITY and resilience are traits you’re looking, it’s hard to look past Oskar Baker.

Personally, and professionally, Baker has proven both.

Cut from the Brisbane Lions academy in 2015, Baker dealt with something far greater this year, when he lost his dear mum to cancer.

Having experienced the loss of his mum and endured a football disappointment, Baker still managed to fulfil his dream: being drafted by an AFL club, when he claimed the last spot on Melbourne’s list for 2018.

For the record, Baker was claimed at No.48 in Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling and a dream come true. It’s something I’ve been working towards, especially over the past couple of years, with a few setbacks, by being cut from the Brisbane Lions academy and my mum passing away this year as well – they’ve motivated my dream of playing in the AFL,” Baker told melbournefc.com.au.

“I’m...


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Petty pleased with Melbourne

Pick 37: Harrison Petty Highlights Welcome to the Melbourne Football Club Harrison Petty

HARRISON Petty only got an inkling Melbourne might selected him in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft late in the piece.

He received a phone call from the club, asking about flights, hours before Friday night’s meeting.

The South Australian key defender was rated by many as a top 30 pick, but managed to sneak through to Melbourne’s third choice at No.37. Initially, he and his management thought he would land at GWS Giants in the late 20s.

In the end, it wasn’t the case, and Petty was claimed by the Demons.   

“I really didn’t expect Melbourne to draft me – I thought the Giants were most likely, but I’m rapt to join Melbourne,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“It means a fair bit to me to get drafted. It’s great to get drafted by a club that has a rich culture and I’m really happy to be at Melbourne.

“I’ve...


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Melbourne's 2017 Draft wrap

MELBOURNE has given a second chance to Brisbane Lions Academy reject Oskar Baker after the speedy midfielder fought back to enjoy a breakthrough season in the NEAFL this year.

Baker was cut from the Lions Academy program at the end of 2015, but the Demons took the 19-year-old line-breaking midfielder with their final pick in Friday night's NAB AFL Draft, at No.48 overall.

Melbourne recruiting manager Jason Taylor said the club had been tracking the Queenslander since early this year and was convinced to take him by his steady improvement with NEAFL team Aspley.

"He's grown quite significantly in the last two years. He's just a really natural player who takes the game on. He's a risk-taker with the ball in hand, but he's got good speed and he's a very good decision-maker and he adds a bit of class too," Taylor said. 

"I think along with Charlie Spargo, that type of player, Oscar was a...


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Melbourne's 2017 Draft wrap

MELBOURNE has given a second chance to Brisbane Lions Academy reject Oskar Baker after the speedy midfielder fought back to enjoy a breakthrough season in the NEAFL this year.

Baker was cut from the Lions Academy program at the end of 2015, but the Demons took the 19-year-old line-breaking midfielder with their final pick in Friday night's NAB AFL Draft, at No.48 overall.

Melbourne recruiting manager Jason Taylor said the club had been tracking the Queenslander since early this year and was convinced to take him by his steady improvement with NEAFL team Aspley.

"He's grown quite significantly in the last two years. He's just a really natural player who takes the game on. He's a risk-taker with the ball in hand, but he's got good speed and he's a very good decision-maker and he adds a bit of class too," Taylor said. 

"I think along with Charlie Spargo, that type of player, Oscar was a...


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Petty pleased with Melbourne

Pick 37: Harrison Petty Highlights Welcome to the Melbourne Football Club Harrison Petty

HARRISON Petty only got an inkling Melbourne might selected him in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft late in the piece.

He received a phone call from the club, asking about flights, hours before Friday night’s meeting.

The South Australian key defender was rated by many as a top 30 pick, but managed to sneak through to Melbourne’s third choice at No.37. Initially, he and his management thought he would land at GWS Giants in the late 20s.

In the end, it wasn’t the case, and Petty was claimed by the Demons.   

“I really didn’t expect Melbourne to draft me – I thought the Giants were most likely, but I’m rapt to join Melbourne,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“It means a fair bit to me to get drafted. It’s great to get drafted by a club that has a rich culture and I’m really happy to be at Melbourne.

“I’ve...


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Petty pleased with Melbourne

Pick 37: Harrison Petty Highlights Welcome to the Melbourne Football Club Harrison Petty

HARRISON Petty only got an inkling Melbourne might selected him in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft late in the piece.

He received a phone call from the club, asking about flights, hours before Friday night’s meeting.

The South Australian key defender was rated by many as a top 30 pick, but managed to sneak through to Melbourne’s third choice at No.37. Initially, he and his management thought he would land at GWS Giants in the late 20s.

In the end, it wasn’t the case, and Petty was claimed by the Demons.   

“I really didn’t expect Melbourne to draft me – I thought the Giants were most likely, but I’m rapt to join Melbourne,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“It means a fair bit to me to get drafted. It’s great to get drafted by a club that has a rich culture and I’m really happy to be at Melbourne.

“I’ve...


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The Melbourne verdict from afl.com.au

Selections before academy and father/son bidding: 29, 31, 36, 47
Selections after bidding: 29, 31, 37, 48 
Who they picked: Charlie Spargo, Bayley Fritsch, Harrison Petty, Oskar Baker

Verdict: Spargo is a terrific play-making midfielder-forward, with the capacity to take the play on and create for his team. He is the son of former North Melbourne and Brisbane Lions player Paul. Only a shoulder injury kept him from producing another consistent season. Fritsch is well known to Melbourne after kicking 42 goals in 19 VFL games for the Casey Demons. Petty will add to a developing tall back mix after an outstanding under-18 championships. Melbourne has long been into Baker who comes from Aspley in the NEAFL. Has been dubbed the 'ginger ninja' and it's clear by watching his highlight tapes that Baker has some serious breakaway pace through the midfield. The Demons believed they needed to add...


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Selections before academy and father/son bidding: 29, 31, 36, 47
Selections after bidding: 29, 31, 37, 48 
Who they picked: Charlie Spargo, Bayley Fritsch, Harrison Petty, Oskar Baker

Verdict: Spargo is a terrific play-making midfielder-forward, with the capacity to take the play on and create for his team. He is the son of former North Melbourne and Brisbane Lions player Paul. Only a shoulder injury kept him from producing another consistent season. Fritsch is well known to Melbourne after kicking 42 goals in 19 VFL games for the Casey Demons. Petty will add to a developing tall back mix after an outstanding under-18 championships. Melbourne has long been into Baker who comes from Aspley in the NEAFL. Has been dubbed the 'ginger ninja' and it's clear by watching his highlight tapes that Baker has some serious breakaway pace through the midfield. The Demons believed they needed to add...


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The Brayshaws: Angus, Hamish and Andy

BRAYSHAW brothers Hamish and Andy will step into a rivalry that is "as ferocious as it gets" after joining West Coast and Fremantle respectively at Friday night's NAB AFL Draft.

Andrew Brayshaw, who was in contention for the No.1 pick this week before landing at the Dockers at No.2, was a sure thing to find an AFL home on Friday night, joining older brother and Melbourne midfielder Angus at the top level. 

But Hamish had no guarantees after being overlooked last year and splitting his time between the Sandringham Dragons as an overage player and the Sandringham Zebras in the VFL in 2017.

When West Coast called out the tough midfielder's name at pick No.68, his mother Deborah and father Mark – a former Claremont and North Melbourne player – were overjoyed.

It will thrust the brothers immediately into the middle of the bitter West Australian rivalry between the Dockers and Eagles and...


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The Melbourne verdict from afl.com.au

Selections before academy and father/son bidding: 29, 31, 36, 47
Selections after bidding: 29, 31, 37, 48 
Who they picked: Charlie Spargo, Bayley Fritsch, Harrison Petty, Oskar Baker

Verdict: Spargo is a terrific play-making midfielder-forward, with the capacity to take the play on and create for his team. He is the son of former North Melbourne and Brisbane Lions player Paul. Only a shoulder injury kept him from producing another consistent season. Fritsch is well known to Melbourne after kicking 42 goals in 19 VFL games for the Casey Demons. Petty will add to a developing tall back mix after an outstanding under-18 championships. Melbourne has long been into Baker who comes from Aspley in the NEAFL. Has been dubbed the 'ginger ninja' and it's clear by watching his highlight tapes that Baker has some serious breakaway pace through the midfield. The Demons believed they needed to add...


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The next wave: The 2018 draft prospects

THE SHOW rolls on for clubs and recruiters, who will quickly turn their attention to the 2018 pool of draft prospects.

We're going to do the same. If you're already looking forward to studying the under-18 landscape next year, here are 10 prospects worth following.

Jack Lukosius
Key forward
194cm/82kg
Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia
9/8/2000

Lukosius showed why many consider him the early favourite to be next year's No.1 pick when he kicked four goals in his SANFL debut for Woodville-West Torrens in a preliminary final earlier this year. It was a performance that showed why so many are excited about him: he's tall, athletic, smart on the lead and a beautiful, long kick. He also had a standout game for South Australia against the Allies during the under-18 carnival. 

Sam Walsh
Midfielder
182cm/70kg
Geelong Falcons/Vic Country
2/7/2000

The Geelong Falcons prospect looks like one of the...


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The Brayshaws: Angus, Hamish and Andy

BRAYSHAW brothers Hamish and Andy will step into a rivalry that is "as ferocious as it gets" after joining West Coast and Fremantle respectively at Friday night's NAB AFL Draft.

Andrew Brayshaw, who was in contention for the No.1 pick this week before landing at the Dockers at No.2, was a sure thing to find an AFL home on Friday night, joining older brother and Melbourne midfielder Angus at the top level. 

But Hamish had no guarantees after being overlooked last year and splitting his time between the Sandringham Dragons as an overage player and the Sandringham Zebras in the VFL in 2017.

When West Coast called out the tough midfielder's name at pick No.68, his mother Deborah and father Mark – a former Claremont and North Melbourne player – were overjoyed.

It will thrust the brothers immediately into the middle of the bitter West Australian rivalry between the Dockers and Eagles and...


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The Brayshaws: Angus, Hamish and Andy

BRAYSHAW brothers Hamish and Andy will step into a rivalry that is "as ferocious as it gets" after joining West Coast and Fremantle respectively at Friday night's NAB AFL Draft.

Andrew Brayshaw, who was in contention for the No.1 pick this week before landing at the Dockers at No.2, was a sure thing to find an AFL home on Friday night, joining older brother and Melbourne midfielder Angus at the top level. 

But Hamish had no guarantees after being overlooked last year and splitting his time between the Sandringham Dragons as an overage player and the Sandringham Zebras in the VFL in 2017.

When West Coast called out the tough midfielder's name at pick No.68, his mother Deborah and father Mark – a former Claremont and North Melbourne player – were overjoyed.

It will thrust the brothers immediately into the middle of the bitter West Australian rivalry between the Dockers and Eagles and...


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Read more: The Brayshaws: Angus, Hamish and Andy

The next wave: The 2018 draft prospects

THE SHOW rolls on for clubs and recruiters, who will quickly turn their attention to the 2018 pool of draft prospects.

We're going to do the same. If you're already looking forward to studying the under-18 landscape next year, here are 10 prospects worth following.

Jack Lukosius
Key forward
194cm/82kg
Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia
9/8/2000

Lukosius showed why many consider him the early favourite to be next year's No.1 pick when he kicked four goals in his SANFL debut for Woodville-West Torrens in a preliminary final earlier this year. It was a performance that showed why so many are excited about him: he's tall, athletic, smart on the lead and a beautiful, long kick. He also had a standout game for South Australia against the Allies during the under-18 carnival. 

Sam Walsh
Midfielder
182cm/70kg
Geelong Falcons/Vic Country
2/7/2000

The Geelong Falcons prospect looks like one of the...


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Read more: The next wave: The 2018 draft prospects

The next wave: The 2018 draft prospects

THE SHOW rolls on for clubs and recruiters, who will quickly turn their attention to the 2018 pool of draft prospects.

We're going to do the same. If you're already looking forward to studying the under-18 landscape next year, here are 10 prospects worth following.

Jack Lukosius
Key forward
194cm/82kg
Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia
9/8/2000

Lukosius showed why many consider him the early favourite to be next year's No.1 pick when he kicked four goals in his SANFL debut for Woodville-West Torrens in a preliminary final earlier this year. It was a performance that showed why so many are excited about him: he's tall, athletic, smart on the lead and a beautiful, long kick. He also had a standout game for South Australia against the Allies during the under-18 carnival. 

Sam Walsh
Midfielder
182cm/70kg
Geelong Falcons/Vic Country
2/7/2000

The Geelong Falcons prospect looks like one of the...


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Aussies make it a clean sweep in IRS

A HALF-TIME melee, a black card that saw Joel Selwood dismissed, a Nat Fyfe screamer and a stirring Irish performance gave Domain Stadium the send-off it deserved in the second Virgin Australia International Rules Test on Saturday. 

It took a piece of Dayne Zorko magic with 35 seconds to go to decide the match, the Brisbane Lions star’s interception, dash and left-foot over breaking the deadlock to give Australia a 53-50 victory.

Zorko had been a standout all match but Ireland could hold their heads high after a spirited fightback following their 10-point loss in the first Test.

This was a match played with plenty of feeling.

Australia seemed unprepared for the Irish juggernaut in the opening half but dug deep with just three on the bench in the second half.

Australian coach Chris Scott said change was needed a half-time.

"Maybe could have been accused of, 'timid' is not the right...


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