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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

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.

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AFL confirms bounce is here to stay

THE AFL has confirmed it will stick with tradition and that umpires will continue to bounce the ball at the start of quarters and to restart play after goals.

The bounce has been a long-standing part of League football, but its place in the game has been increasingly questioned in recent years, with some umpires concerned by the physical and mental toll the practice takes on them.

AFL Chairman Richard Goyder and football operations manager Steve Hocking announced on Tuesday afternoon the bounce would live on for the forseeable future. 

Goyder said the bounce was a "unique" and "iconic" part of AFL games and believed most fans would welcome its retention. 

"It's great that the bounce will kick off AFL football games. There's nothing like the roar of the crowd and the expectation that the bounce will start our great game," Goyder said.

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AFL confirms bounce is here to stay

THE AFL has confirmed it will stick with tradition and that umpires will continue to bounce the ball at the start of quarters and to restart play after goals.

The bounce has been a long-standing part of League football, but its place in the game has been increasingly questioned in recent years, with some umpires concerned by the physical and mental toll the practice takes on them.

AFL Chairman Richard Goyder and football operations manager Steve Hocking announced on Tuesday afternoon the bounce would live on for the forseeable future. 

Goyder said the bounce was a "unique" and "iconic" part of AFL games and believed most fans would welcome its retention. 

"It's great that the bounce will kick off AFL football games. There's nothing like the roar of the crowd and the expectation that the bounce will start our great game," Goyder said.

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Gawn pleased to see bounce remain

MAX Gawn says he's rapt to see the bounce remain in the game.

The 2016 All-Australian ruckman said he was in favour of retaining the bounce, but added that it wouldn’t have been “dire straits” if it had gone.

“I’m glad that it’s stayed and I’m a bit old school when it comes to that,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“I enjoy watching the bounce to start the game and as a ruckman, not knowing exactly where it’s going to go, adds to our craft.

“I would’ve had to change my game a bit and I would’ve had to work on my leap, because it would’ve suited the people with the bigger leaps in the game. But it didn’t happen, so I didn’t have to worry about it.”

Gawn said he didn’t want to see an NBA-style start in the AFL.

“I’m not a big fan of the tip off in basketball and it’s almost like the scrum in rugby league – everyone knows where it’s going to go,” he said.

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Gawn pleased to see bounce remain

MAX Gawn says he's rapt to see the bounce remain in the game.

The 2016 All-Australian ruckman said he was in favour of retaining the bounce, but added that it wouldn’t have been “dire straits” if it had gone.

“I’m glad that it’s stayed and I’m a bit old school when it comes to that,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“I enjoy watching the bounce to start the game and as a ruckman, not knowing exactly where it’s going to go, adds to our craft.

“I would’ve had to change my game a bit and I would’ve had to work on my leap, because it would’ve suited the people with the bigger leaps in the game. But it didn’t happen, so I didn’t have to worry about it.”

Gawn said he didn’t want to see an NBA-style start in the AFL.

“I’m not a big fan of the tip off in basketball and it’s almost like the scrum in rugby league – everyone knows where it’s going to go,” he said.

“I think the bounce is a unique...


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O’Dea aims high as second season starts

NAB AFLW: Elise O'Dea Matt Burgan had a chat to Elise O'Dea on her first day of pre-season

ELISE O’Dea says she wants to be part of a Melbourne AFLW premiership in 2018.

Speaking on the first night of the club’s pre-season training at Gosch’s Paddock, O’Dea said the players were already looking to climb two rungs higher next year, after Melbourne finished third and missed out on the Grand Final by percentage in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s season.

“The goal is always the AFLW premiership – that’s why you play footy,” she told melbournefc.com.au.

“Hopefully we can get around the girls and play some really good football and hopefully cap it off with something like that.

“Really, I’ll just be happy if we play the type of game style we all want to and know we can all play.”

After an outstanding 2017 – she was named All-Australian – O’Dea was determined to build on her year.

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O’Dea aims high as second season starts

NAB AFLW: Elise O'Dea Matt Burgan had a chat to Elise O'Dea on her first day of pre-season

ELISE O’Dea says she wants to be part of a Melbourne AFLW premiership in 2018.

Speaking on the first night of the club’s pre-season training at Gosch’s Paddock, O’Dea said the players were already looking to climb two rungs higher next year, after Melbourne finished third and missed out on the Grand Final by percentage in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s season.

“The goal is always the AFLW premiership – that’s why you play footy,” she told melbournefc.com.au.

“Hopefully we can get around the girls and play some really good football and hopefully cap it off with something like that.

“Really, I’ll just be happy if we play the type of game style we all want to and know we can all play.”

After an outstanding 2017 – she was named All-Australian – O’Dea was determined to build on her year.

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Taylor has list of names ready to go

NAB AFL Draft Preview: Jason Taylor Jason Taylor explains our preparation towards the NAB AFL Draft preview

MELBOURNE will enter Friday night's NAB AFL Draft armed with 47 names, as the club finalises its 2018 list with four new players.

National recruiting manager Jason Taylor said he was ready for a host of options to unfold on Friday night, when the NAB AFL Draft is held in Sydney.

“We’ve got [pick] 47 as our last selection, so to be confident, we really need to go in there with 47 [names] on our board, otherwise you might get some nervous moments,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“We haven’t got a rookie selection this year, so in more recent times we’ve had to go in with a lot more than 47 [names].

“It hasn’t changed our preparation and it’s probably given us a little bit more time to be more thorough on a certain group of players.”

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No problems with 'Tex', says Lever

Media Conference: Jake Lever The media speak to Jake Lever on his first day at Melbourne Football Club

MELBOURNE recruit Jake Lever doesn't expect there to be any lingering tension between him and Adelaide captain Taylor Walker after his controversial off-season move to the Demons.

Lever joined Melbourne on a four-year deal during the NAB AFL Trade Period, returning to Victoria for family reasons after three seasons with the losing grand finalists.

While Walker stoked tensions by declaring Lever had chosen money over success in making the move, the elite defender said he was sure the pair would be able to put the issue behind them.

"I think the 'Tex' thing got blown out of proportion a little bit … I didn't really have a problem with him and I'm fine with 'Tex'," Lever said after joining the Demons for his first pre-season session on Monday. 

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Lever’s journey: from Romsey to Melbourne

JAKE Lever played 56 matches for the Adelaide Crows from 2015-17, after making his AFL debut against the Gold Coast Suns in round six, 2015. An outstanding young defender, Lever was named in the 2017 All-Australian squad at just 21 years old. After playing in a Grand Final with Adelaide, Lever crossed to Melbourne in the recent NAB AFL Trade Period. Now back in his native state, Matt Burgan caught up with Lever last Friday at his family farm in Lancefield, north of Melbourne in the Macedon Ranges. He spoke about his journey from Romsey, south of Lancefield, to joining Melbourne today …


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THE PAST TWO MONTHS

MB: Jake, welcome to the club – it’s great to have you at Melbourne. We find you back on the family farm today – not quite two months since playing in an AFL Grand Final, joining a new club, getting engaged and travelling to Europe. How do you look back on that period?   

JL: It’s...


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Cal Twomey's Phantom form guide

FTER all those games, all that athletic testing and all of the club interviews, we are finally a week away from the NAB AFL Draft.

It is crunch time for recruiters to finalise their lists of prospects, and the same applies to us at AFL.com.au as we reveal our final Phantom Form Guide for 2017. 

This is our rating of the best 30 players in this year's pool. It is not a mock draft or necessarily an indication of where the players will get selected or where bids may come for father-son or academy players.

Indicative draft order: Your club's picks as they stand

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
October ranking: 1

Rayner is the most exciting, game-changing prospect in the pool and for that reason is the No.1 player in the Phantom Form Guide. It was rare for Rayner to play a game this year without showing at least a couple of his...


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Cal Twomey's Phantom form guide

FTER all those games, all that athletic testing and all of the club interviews, we are finally a week away from the NAB AFL Draft.

It is crunch time for recruiters to finalise their lists of prospects, and the same applies to us at AFL.com.au as we reveal our final Phantom Form Guide for 2017. 

This is our rating of the best 30 players in this year's pool. It is not a mock draft or necessarily an indication of where the players will get selected or where bids may come for father-son or academy players.

Indicative draft order: Your club's picks as they stand

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
October ranking: 1

Rayner is the most exciting, game-changing prospect in the pool and for that reason is the No.1 player in the Phantom Form Guide. It was rare for Rayner to play a game this year without showing at least a couple of his...


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Resolve upon return noticeable: ANB

ALEX Neal-Bullen says he has already noticed an increased resolve among the playing group during the first two weeks of pre-season training.

The 21-year-old added that there was genuine buzz among the players who have returned from their off-season break.

“Everyone is upbeat and there is a good vibe, as there always is at this time of the year. I just think that the difference is that you can just already tell how determined everyone is,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“Maxy [Gawn] was back for his first session on Monday and he’s looking as lean as I’ve ever seen him, and he’s running as well as I’ve ever seen him. He’s made a statement already about what we want to see from everyone this year.

“Even Jonesy (Nathan Jones) was at the club on Monday and getting around us younger boys, so you can tell that everyone is raring to go and we want to get back into it.” 

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AFLX to debut in February next year

AFLX, the League's high-octane version of the sport, will debut on February 15 next year with the AFL including traditional soccer and rugby venues among the venues for three separate round-robin tournaments.

The modified game will be played in three cities across three nights, with six AFL clubs represented in each competition. 

AFL.com.au can exclusively reveal that Adelaide will host the first round-robin at Hindmarsh Stadium on a Thursday night, the week before the JLT Community Series begins. 

The Crows and Port Adelaide will be joined by Collingwood, West Coast, Fremantle and Geelong in the first ever AFLX tournament.

The fast-paced game will then head to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on February 16, where the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Hawthorn and Essendon will compete under Friday night lights.

The action then heads north to Allianz Stadium in Sydney on...


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AFLX to debut in February next year

AFLX, the League's high-octane version of the sport, will debut on February 15 next year with the AFL including traditional soccer and rugby venues among the venues for three separate round-robin tournaments.

The modified game will be played in three cities across three nights, with six AFL clubs represented in each competition. 

AFL.com.au can exclusively reveal that Adelaide will host the first round-robin at Hindmarsh Stadium on a Thursday night, the week before the JLT Community Series begins. 

The Crows and Port Adelaide will be joined by Collingwood, West Coast, Fremantle and Geelong in the first ever AFLX tournament.

The fast-paced game will then head to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on February 16, where the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Hawthorn and Essendon will compete under Friday night lights.

The action then heads north to Allianz Stadium in Sydney on...


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AFLX to debut in February next year

AFLX, the League's high-octane version of the sport, will debut on February 15 next year with the AFL including traditional soccer and rugby venues among the venues for three separate round-robin tournaments.

The modified game will be played in three cities across three nights, with six AFL clubs represented in each competition. 

AFL.com.au can exclusively reveal that Adelaide will host the first round-robin at Hindmarsh Stadium on a Thursday night, the week before the JLT Community Series begins. 

The Crows and Port Adelaide will be joined by Collingwood, West Coast, Fremantle and Geelong in the first ever AFLX tournament.

The fast-paced game will then head to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on February 16, where the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Hawthorn and Essendon will compete under Friday night lights.

The action then heads north to Allianz Stadium in Sydney on...


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McKenna ready for second crack

Pat McKenna: Preseason Matt Burgan chats with Pat McKenna about his first week back in preseason

MAKING his AFL debut, becoming a versatile option and remaining injury-free are at the top of Pat McKenna’s wish-list, speaking in the second week of his second pre-season with Melbourne.

McKenna, who crossed from the Giants at the end of the 2016 season, after being selected at No.23 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft, missed most of the 2017 season with a hamstring injury.

The 21-year-old was sidelined from round three, after managing two intra club matches (an AFL and VFL hit-out), plus three practice matches with Casey.

But after returning with the first to four-year players on Monday, November 6, McKenna is building up his 2018 campaign steadily.

“It’s been good to get back into it. It’s been solid days, each day. I’m enjoying being back around the boys and being back in some good...


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Neal-Bullen, Stretch impress early

Pre-season injury update: David Misson Matt Burgan catches up with David Misson on all the injuries leading into pre-season

ELITE performance manager Dave Misson says youngsters Alex Neal-Bullen and Billy Stretch have been among the most impressive performers so far, since returning to pre-season training.

A week and a half on since most of the players returned from their off-season break, Misson said the duo had worked hard over their break.

“Alex Neal-Bullen won our time-trial last week, and like he did last pre-season, he made a real effort in the off-season to make a statement, which I think he has,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“Billy Stretch is probably not far behind him, so the two South Australian boys have certainly done the right thing over the off-season and have set themselves up for a good pre-season.”

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Australia claims victory over Ireland

AUSTRALIA has one hand on reclaiming the Cormac McAnallen Trophy after a gripping 10-point victory against Ireland in the first Test of the Virgin Australia International Rules Series at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

The hosts had to withstand a gallant fightback from the Irish in the last quarter to hang on 2.13.12 (63) to 1.13.8 (53).

Both sides were counting the cost, with Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury (finger) and Ireland and Gold Coast star Pearce Hanley (hand) failing to finish the game.

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe was Australia's most dangerous forward, kicking a goal and three overs, while rookie goalkeeper Brendon Goddard was outstanding in his first game donning the gloves.

Australia coach Chris Scott lauded his side for sticking to its offensive mindset despite failing behind early.

"We wanted to play an attacking brand of football," Scott said.

"We didn't have any...


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Australia claims victory over Ireland

AUSTRALIA has one hand on reclaiming the Cormac McAnallen Trophy after a gripping 10-point victory against Ireland in the first Test of the Virgin Australia International Rules Series at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

The hosts had to withstand a gallant fightback from the Irish in the last quarter to hang on 2.13.12 (63) to 1.13.8 (53).

Both sides were counting the cost, with Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury (finger) and Ireland and Gold Coast star Pearce Hanley (hand) failing to finish the game.

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe was Australia's most dangerous forward, kicking a goal and three overs, while rookie goalkeeper Brendon Goddard was outstanding in his first game donning the gloves.

Australia coach Chris Scott lauded his side for sticking to its offensive mindset despite failing behind early.

"We wanted to play an attacking brand of football," Scott said.

"We didn't have any...


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