THE SEASON’s END – By Ian Mills
The season has seen a number of unwanted “monkeys” off our back beginning with our first Round one win since 2005 (Troy Broadbridge Memorial Game), collecting our first wins against Geelong (2006) and Collingwood (2007- incidently holding the “old enemy” to it’s lowest score against the Dees of 7.14 since 1988) and FINALLY the Etihad curse is no more, tasting success in Round 23 against GWS and farewelling Daniel Cross in his final AFL game in the manner he so richly deserves.
Whilst some comfort can be taken from the above, the year does represent a wasted opportunity to consolidate our rise in the AFL pecking order. There is some thought that an increase from four wins in 2014 to seven wins this year is solid proof that the club has improved and whilst this is encouraging, true improvement must be gauged by a significant decrease in the difference between our best and worst football, which is unfortunately still substantial.
Also we still have not displayed an ability to beat those sides around us on the ladder as losses to Essendon, Carlton and St Kilda (2) in 2015 indicate the club still has some way to go in this area.
From our functions perspective we managed to arrange joint functions with the Richmond, Essendon and Hawthorn supporter groups and thanks go to their respective committee’s for their co-operation in this regard. The Essendon TV function was especially pleasing as it raised $300 towards the fight against Motor Neuron Disease which as we all know has struck a favourite son of both our clubs in Neale Daniher. We urge all Demon supporters to continue to support Neale and all sufferers of this horrendous affliction in their quest to defeat the “Beast”.
Remember, we are FIRST, we are FOREVER we are MELBOURNE!!!!
DEMONS TRAINING IN PERTH 2015
Below – A belated 2012 Gordon Jones trophy presentation to Jack Grimes.
Below – 2014 Gordon Jones Trophy recipient – Bernie Vince.
Below – Lynden Dunn really does not like doing signatures……
( one of those shots – gotcha. Bring it to game day Lynden !)
Below – Jesse gives his prediction for the 2016 season.
WE BEAT GEELONG
Oh what a feelin! Some of the West Dees at the Paddington Ale House