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The Melbourne Demons have finally put to bed their longstanding losing streak against North Melbourne, conceding the first four goals of the match but eventually running out comfortable winners at the MCG on Saturday.
Melbourne Demons 18.15 (123)
North Melbourne Kangaroos 13.8 (86)
The Melbourne Demons will be hoping they can finally break a 17-game losing streak to the North Melbourne Kangaroos when they two sides meet in Round 3 of the 2018 AFL season. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, starting from 2:10pm AEDT.
There have been some big hoodoos busted by Melbourne in recent years as first under Paul Roos and now Simon Goodwin they’ve gradually risen up from being absolutely terrible to being a semi-respectable side.
However one that still hangs over their head is that they haven’t been able to get a win over North Melbourne since 2006, back when John Howard was prime minister, no one had ever heard of Ed Sheeran, and Nathan Jones had hair.
Speaking of Nathan Jones, he was the only current AFL player to feature in the 2006 side, and the only player on the Melbourne list who has ever had an AFL win over the ‘Roos while wearing a Demons guernsey.
Of course, Melbourne mashed the Kangaroos in the preseason competition down in Tasmania, and they will very much like their chances of doing the very same thing again in the regular season.
Helping them a lot is that Robbie Tarrant will miss the match as a late out and the Dees will be hoping that Jesse Hogan is able to get off the chain as a result.
It’s the only change to a North side that defeated St Kilda by 52 points on Good Friday last week.
Melbourne, on the other hand, have dropped both Jayden Hunt and Cameron Pedersen (a former North Melbourne player), bringing in Sam Frost and Dean Kent as replacements.
Realistically, Melbourne are the better football side and should win comfortably. That said, that was true twice last year also and didn’t happen on either occasion. Dees should still win though.
Melbourne Demons by 36 points.
Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match between the Melbourne Demons and the North Melbourne Kangaroos in Round 3 of the 2018 AFL season at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, starting from 2:10pm AEDT.