Developing Dees can’t afford to get ahead of themselves

Beartorius Roar Rookie

By Beartorius, Beartorius is a Roar Rookie


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    The Melbourne Demons are finally in the news for the right reasons, after knocking off reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs in emphatic fashion at a once-cursed venue, Etihad Stadium.

    The Demons currently boast a 3-1 win-loss record at the Docklands this season, after going 3-30 in their previous 11 seasons combined.

    Their current form sees them sitting in fifth spot, a place they haven’t seen since 2006, however in this tight 2017 season, a two-game margin between 5th and 15th does not offer the safest ladder security.

    Their 57-point thrashing of the Bulldogs combined with a 41-point victory on the road against the ladder-leading Crows has prompted many in the media to ask the question, ‘Why can’t they go all the way?’

    But the focus for this young Demons outfit must be maintaining their current form, rather than allowing themselves to be caught up in the hype from the media that surrounds them.

    After going 5-2 without a key ruckman, the Demons’ will add All-Australian Max Gawn for the first time since he suffered a hamstring injury in round three. While their star forward Jesse Hogan remains sidelined until July after recently undergoing surgery for testicular cancer.

    Max Gawn Bernie Vince Alex Neal-Bullen Melbourne Demons AFL 2015

    (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

    The talent is certainly there for the Demons to make noise in September, however it wasn’t until their twelfth game of the season, when they managed to put together a four-quarter performance.

    A team whose best is worthy of a top four finish, yet their worst would safely miss the eight, the Demons must be able to find consistency in their performances, and end more ‘hoodoos’ if they want their fans watching them play in September, rather than going skiing.

    The Demons’ upcoming schedule features all-too-familiar hoodoos, as they look to beat West Coast in Perth for the first time since 2002, then defeat the Swans the following week for the first time since 2010.

    Melbourne, a team that often stumbles after an impressive victory, will need to ignore the talk from the media, who are treating this season as it were like any other.

    After 12 matches in 2016, Hawthorn (9-3) were in fifth position, three games clear of falling out of the eight.

    However, a year later, the Demons currently own fifth position, yet are only one game clear of dropping out of the eight.

    Fifth spot on the ladder in 2017 no longer offers the sense of security it once did, and those quick to label the Demons the ‘Bulldogs of 2017’ and the Demons themselves, must realise that.

    The future is bright for the third-youngest team in the AFL, but in this historically even season, the Demons can’t allow themselves to focus too far ahead, which they so often do.

    Although beating teams like the Crows and the Bulldogs on the road and without a ruckman, this young outfit is still prone to inconsistent losses to 17th placed Hawthorn, and a sixteenth consecutive loss against 16th-placed North Melbourne, a hoodoo they’ll have another shot at ending in round nineteen.

    No one could have predicted the season we’ve had so far, so for people to label the Demons as premiership contenders is nonsensical.

    The Demons would need to relive Geelong’s 2007 heroics, and become the first team since then to win a premiership after not making the eight the year before.

    Of course, in this evenly poised season there is every chance the Demons could prove a point in September, but it is also possible that the Demons’ inconsistent form comes back to bite them, and they find themselves unable to return to finals, and break their 11-year drought, making it essential that the Demons and publicity surrounding them focus on the now, rather than already dreaming about September.

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    • Roar Rookie

      June 20th 2017 @ 10:29am
      Lord Dunsborough of the MCC said | June 20th 2017 @ 10:29am | ! Report

      Keep a lid on it, temper expectations, don’t get overconfident – pish posh! Bunkum and tummyrot sir, the Fuchsias are going all the way this September and I certainly won’t be keeping my emotions in check. It’s been a rollercoaster ride in the members reserve this season at the G – after anaesthetising a number of close losses with plenty of brandies earlier in this year I was able to bear witness to the rout of Carringbush and the exodus of their toothless horde last Monday, followed by a tremendous drubbing of the accidental premiers at their kennel on the weekend just gone. Travel agents the length and breadth of the city are despairing at the avalanche of September holiday cancellations, and after years of our Range Rovers warming the planet it’s finally worked in our favour that there’s no snow in the Australian Alps beyond August because we will finally have somewhere else to be!

      Looking ahead I see a red carpet ride for us into September – not 1, not 2, but 3 matches in a row at the our very own MCG to close out the season against the Saints, Lions and the filthy Pies. Given our historic toppling of the dreadlocked unemployed from Frankston in round 1 I’m confident we’ll make it two in a row as we build on our own unbeaten sequence, the Lions will be doing a Dean Bailey and focusing on securing pick 1 and of course with a finals spot on the line come round 23 we shall certainly triumph because if you can rely on someone from Collingwood to do anything, it’s to show up to the dole office on payday and also to choke. The reserve will be packed with members who have waited long decades to see the MCC’s team back where they belong, in finals action. Glasses will be half full in a toast to those who’ve passed on in the intervening years, such as Jim Stynes & the great Robbie Flower. It’s a grand old flag…

    • June 20th 2017 @ 12:45pm
      Bead said | June 20th 2017 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

      Is Melbourne the new Hawthorn? NEWSFLASH: Trump says something stupid – – FREE KICK Melbourne! The consistency in a 4-umpire system failed dismally, the score review system failed AGAIN, the goal gifted after Bugg/Wood incident is a slight on the game and Jack Watts contender for MARK OF THE YEAR – I’ve seen the ball stick to a defenders clenched fist longer than Watts held that “mark”. The old adage you can’t beat the opponents and the umpires rings especially true when there is 4 of them playing for the other team – be prepared for somethings less than 5 star treatment this week over in the West.
      No I’m not a bulldogs supporter so it is not a case of sour grapes, merely an observation after watching the demons have the rub of the green two weeks in a row. I’m not sure why bulldogs supporters aren’t talking about it though, they were brutalized by the umpires yesterday, Melbourne had very little to do with the victory, let alone a “10 goal dismantling” as it is being called.

    • June 20th 2017 @ 2:17pm
      Gecko said | June 20th 2017 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

      Some good stats and good warnings in there Beartorius.

    • June 20th 2017 @ 4:16pm
      Mattician6x6 said | June 20th 2017 @ 4:16pm | ! Report

      Looking forward to wce v melb, should be a good match, dees got close last season and have been impressive in the lead up.

    • Roar Rookie

      June 20th 2017 @ 5:52pm
      Ryan Geer said | June 20th 2017 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

      Keeping the side balanced with Hogan and Gawn soon to come back in will be the challenge. Integrating them back in will very important for Goodwin to manage without disrupting the side’s balance. No one expected Melbourne to win without their two most important players.

    • June 20th 2017 @ 10:05pm
      Don Freo said | June 20th 2017 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

      Dees will be up there with Freo fighting for top 4 places when the whips are cracking.

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