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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

Gawn trimmed to the Max

MELBOURNE ruckman Max Gawn has stripped weight off his frame and could be set to recapture his best form and take 2018 by storm. 

Courtesy of dedicated holiday training regime and disciplined diet, the 25-year-old has returned to the club a trimmed-down version of the ruckman who managed just 13 games this season. 

A club spokesperson confirmed on Monday that Gawn had worked on his fitness over his break while he spent time in the US after he attended teammate Bernie Vince's wedding in South Australia. 

Commentator Tim Watson ran into Gawn in New York last week, and said the 2016 All Australian was a picture of fitness.

"Max Gawn was over there and I’ll tell you what, if you're a Melbourne fan, you'd be very excited about what Maxy might produce next year," Watson told SEN on Monday morning.

"I have never seen a big fella, a ruckman, who looked as fit as what he looked.

"He had a...


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Gawn trimmed to the Max

MELBOURNE ruckman Max Gawn has stripped weight off his frame and could be set to recapture his best form and take 2018 by storm. 

Courtesy of dedicated holiday training regime and disciplined diet, the 25-year-old has returned to the club a trimmed-down version of the ruckman who managed just 13 games this season. 

A club spokesperson confirmed on Monday that Gawn had worked on his fitness over his break while he spent time in the US after he attended teammate Bernie Vince's wedding in South Australia. 

Commentator Tim Watson ran into Gawn in New York last week, and said the 2016 All Australian was a picture of fitness.

"Max Gawn was over there and I’ll tell you what, if you're a Melbourne fan, you'd be very excited about what Maxy might produce next year," Watson told SEN on Monday morning.

"I have never seen a big fella, a ruckman, who looked as fit as what he looked.

"He had a...


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Melbourne greats in best IRS team

SEVEN Brownlow medallists, a swag of Norm Smith medallists and two 400-game legends feature in a best-ever Australian International Rules Series team.

On the eve of the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland, the AFL's national and international talent manager Kevin Sheehan has picked his all-time best 23, identifying six as "outstanding representatives" based on their mastery of the unique skills needed for the round-ball game.

Sheehan's elite six are Dustin Fletcher, Andrew McLeod, Shane Crawford, Nathan Buckley, Nathan Brown and the late Jimmy Stynes, who also represented his native Ireland. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first trip to Ireland by an Australian team.

"I've looked back at all the history of the concept and taken into account a range of factors before settling on those who both embraced the concept and excelled at...


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Melbourne back on the track

Pre-season: Christian Petracca Christian Petracca speaks to Matt Burgan as the first to fourth year players hit the track for pre-season

MELBOURNE has started pre-season training, with the club’s first to four-year players undertaking a session at Gosch’s Paddock on Monday.

Roughly half of the list, including players outside of the first to four-year range, such as Jack Viney, Cam Pedersen and Tom Bugg trained for about two hours out on the track.

Young-gun Christian Petracca said the first day of pre-season training always came with a range of emotions.  

“It’s good to see the boys again. Day one is always exciting,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“There is a bit of mixed feelings, and it’s a bit emotional and a bit nervous, but it was good to see the boys again.

“It’s good to blow the cobwebs out.”

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Analysis of 2018 Melbourne fixture

Analysis: 2018 Melbourne fixture

Round 1, Sunday, March 25, Geelong Cats, MCG, Home, 3:20pm, Seven

Footy’s back for 2018 and what a ripper this match should be! For Melbourne, it will be the first unveiling of boom recruit Jake Lever in a red and blue jumper. For the Cats, they will welcome back the return of one of the game’s greatest players, Gary Ablett, back in the blue and white hoops. Geelong skipper Joel Selwood will also play his 250th. The two oldest clubs in the competition will play at the MCG for just the second time since 2009. It will also be the first time the two sides have met in a season-opener since 1996. In fact, the Demons and Cats played four round one matches in the 1990s, with both teams winning two each. Melbourne fans from that era won’t forget Andrew Lamprill’s match-winning goal in his first game in 1992 and Allen Jakovich’s 8.8 in 1994, when Melbourne won...


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Analysis of 2018 Melbourne fixture

Analysis: 2018 Melbourne fixture

Round 1, Sunday, March 25, Geelong Cats, MCG, Home, 3:20pm, Seven

Footy’s back for 2018 and what a ripper this match should be! For Melbourne, it will be the first unveiling of boom recruit Jake Lever in a red and blue jumper. For the Cats, they will welcome back the return of one of the game’s greatest players, Gary Ablett, back in the blue and white hoops. Geelong skipper Joel Selwood will also play his 250th. The two oldest clubs in the competition will play at the MCG for just the second time since 2009. It will also be the first time the two sides have met in a season-opener since 1996. In fact, the Demons and Cats played four round one matches in the 1990s, with both teams winning two each. Melbourne fans from that era won’t forget Andrew Lamprill’s match-winning goal in his first game in 1992 and Allen Jakovich’s 8.8 in 1994, when Melbourne won...


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2018 Melbourne list … so far

HERE is Melbourne’s list for 2018 ... so far. This will be finalised at the end of November, after the completion of the drafting period.

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


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2018 Melbourne list … so far

HERE is Melbourne’s list for 2018 ... so far. This will be finalised at the end of November, after the completion of the drafting period.

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


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Knee reco has silver lining for Garland

IN AUGUST this year, Colin Garland knew he was done.

The Melbourne defender was five months into his rehabilitation from a knee reconstruction, which hadn't been as simple as get the joint fixed and move on. 

His quad graft had played up and meant things had progressed slower than he thought they would, and he knew he faced an uphill battle to get back to AFL standard. 

He had also found himself more motivated by helping other players than his own recovery, and was thriving in his new role working with the Demons' women's program.   

"My knee was troubling me a bit and I was a little bit burnt out by all of that," Garland told AFL.com.au this week.

"I was looking forward to Mondays and Thursdays, doing the coaching with the girls, more than anything else. 

"As a footballer, you have to be a bit selfish in some regard, especially at the top level, and I just felt like what I was doing...


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Knee reco has silver lining for Garland

IN AUGUST this year, Colin Garland knew he was done.

The Melbourne defender was five months into his rehabilitation from a knee reconstruction, which hadn't been as simple as get the joint fixed and move on. 

His quad graft had played up and meant things had progressed slower than he thought they would, and he knew he faced an uphill battle to get back to AFL standard. 

He had also found himself more motivated by helping other players than his own recovery, and was thriving in his new role working with the Demons' women's program.   

"My knee was troubling me a bit and I was a little bit burnt out by all of that," Garland told AFL.com.au this week.

"I was looking forward to Mondays and Thursdays, doing the coaching with the girls, more than anything else. 

"As a footballer, you have to be a bit selfish in some regard, especially at the top level, and I just felt like what I was doing...


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Knee reco has silver lining for Garland

IN AUGUST this year, Colin Garland knew he was done.

The Melbourne defender was five months into his rehabilitation from a knee reconstruction, which hadn't been as simple as get the joint fixed and move on. 

His quad graft had played up and meant things had progressed slower than he thought they would, and he knew he faced an uphill battle to get back to AFL standard. 

He had also found himself more motivated by helping other players than his own recovery, and was thriving in his new role working with the Demons' women's program.   

"My knee was troubling me a bit and I was a little bit burnt out by all of that," Garland told AFL.com.au this week.

"I was looking forward to Mondays and Thursdays, doing the coaching with the girls, more than anything else. 

"As a footballer, you have to be a bit selfish in some regard, especially at the top level, and I just felt like what I was doing...


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Read more: Knee reco has silver lining for Garland

Knee reco has silver lining for Garland

IN AUGUST this year, Colin Garland knew he was done.

The Melbourne defender was five months into his rehabilitation from a knee reconstruction, which hadn't been as simple as get the joint fixed and move on. 

His quad graft had played up and meant things had progressed slower than he thought they would, and he knew he faced an uphill battle to get back to AFL standard. 

He had also found himself more motivated by helping other players than his own recovery, and was thriving in his new role working with the Demons' women's program.   

"My knee was troubling me a bit and I was a little bit burnt out by all of that," Garland told AFL.com.au this week.

"I was looking forward to Mondays and Thursdays, doing the coaching with the girls, more than anything else. 

"As a footballer, you have to be a bit selfish in some regard, especially at the top level, and I just felt like what I was doing...


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Jetta added to Australian squad

NEVILLE Jetta has been added to the Australian squad for the upcoming two-test Virgin Australia International Rules Series against Ireland.

Jetta was one of six players added to the squad on Thursday, along with North Melbourne duo Ben Brown and Robbie Tarrant, Carlton’s Kade Simpson, Hawthorn’s Jack Gunston and West Coast’s Luke Shuey.

Melbourne now has two players in the Australian squad, after 2017 All-Australian Michael Hibberd was named in the original squad.

Jetta, who had his finest AFL season in 2017, finishing fifth in Melbourne’s best and fairest award, was named in the initial 40-man All-Australian squad this year, but was not selected in the final 22.

The popular and much-admired defender said it was an unexpected honour to receive the call-up.   

“I’m more than happy to put my hand-up and represent Australia. Hopefully I can do my part and help Australia to a couple of...


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Melbourne’s 2018 fixture announced

ELEVEN matches at the MCG, including a season-opener against Geelong, an Anzac Day Eve blockbuster against Richmond and the traditional Queen’s Birthday clash against Collingwood are among the highlights for Melbourne’s 2018 fixture.  

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The AFL released the details for every home and away match for the 2018 Toyota AFL premiership season on Tuesday morning, with Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson calling it “a good fixture from both a football and supporters’ perspective”.

“Opening the 2018 season, playing a home game against Geelong at the MCG, in what will be a blockbuster match, is not only exciting for the club, but also exciting for our supporters,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“We have no back-to-back six-day breaks and no back-to-back interstate travel, which is pleasing.

“Once again, continuing the tradition of the Anzac Eve match against...


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One year on: Melbourne's 2016 draftees

A detailed assessment of how last year's draft crop and rookies performed in 2017

Pick 46: Mitch Hannan 
Played 20 AFL games and kicked 22 goals in his first year that came after he was overlooked by TAC Cup teams when he was a junior because of concerns about his size. Was also nominated for mark of the year in round 10. Recruited from VFL team Footscray, Hannan slotted into the Demons' midfield and forward line easily as a 23-year-old.

Pick 64: Dion Johnstone 
The tough, physical hard-nut got close to a debut a couple of times after appearing in the pre-season competition, but largely spent the year developing in the VFL. Didn't rack up the disposals, but excited his coaches with his pressure and tackling. Will be left hungry by season spent in the VFL, and will be desperate for an early game in 2018.

Rookie selection pick 8: Lachlan Filipovic 
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Gawn signs extended contract

MAX Gawn has signed an extended contract and will remain with Melbourne until at least the end of the 2021 season.

The 25-year-old was already locked in for the 2018 season, but the club and Gawn have agreed to another three years on top of that, meaning he will remain with the red and blue for at least four more seasons.

General manager of football operations Josh Mahoney said the club was delighted to secure Gawn.

“Both Max and the club were keen to get this contract signed prior to the start of next season and we’re very pleased to get this done in quick fashion,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“Max is a very important player and person around the club and we’re delighted that he’s extended his contract for a further three years. 

“We look forward to him having an injury free season next year and returning to playing the footy that he has shown over a period of time.”

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Gawn signs extended contract

MAX Gawn has signed an extended contract and will remain with Melbourne until at least the end of the 2021 season.

The 25-year-old was already locked in for the 2018 season, but the club and Gawn have agreed to another three years on top of that, meaning he will remain with the red and blue for at least four more seasons.

General manager of football operations Josh Mahoney said the club was delighted to secure Gawn.

“Both Max and the club were keen to get this contract signed prior to the start of next season and we’re very pleased to get this done in quick fashion,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“Max is a very important player and person around the club and we’re delighted that he’s extended his contract for a further three years. 

“We look forward to him having an injury free season next year and returning to playing the footy that he has shown over a period of time.”

Gawn said he was...


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Gawn signs extended contract

MAX Gawn has signed an extended contract and will remain with Melbourne until at least the end of the 2021 season.

The 25-year-old was already locked in for the 2018 season, but the club and Gawn have agreed to another three years on top of that, meaning he will remain with the red and blue for at least four more seasons.

General manager of football operations Josh Mahoney said the club was delighted to secure Gawn.

“Both Max and the club were keen to get this contract signed prior to the start of next season and we’re very pleased to get this done in quick fashion,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“Max is a very important player and person around the club and we’re delighted that he’s extended his contract for a further three years. 

“We look forward to him having an injury free season next year and returning to playing the footy that he has shown over a period of time.”

Gawn said he was...


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Melbourne partners with Redtails

MELBOURNE has partnered with the Redtails, an Alice Springs-based football team, which aims to drive change in the Central Australia community.

The Redtails (men’s team) and Pinktails (women’s) are made up of players from Central Australia, from about “300 communities” in the area.  

General manager of football operations Josh Mahoney said Melbourne had been looking to formalise its relationship with a club in the Northern Territory, and the Redtails were the right fit for both parties.

“After playing the first AFL home and away game in Alice Springs in 2014 and being allocated the Alice Springs region as part of our Next Generation Academy, we have been looking at potential partnerships in the region,” he told melbournefc.com.au.  

“Once we spoke to Redtails president Rob Clarke about his program, how it started and the success stories, we felt that a partnership between the...


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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.

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