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Melbourne Demons

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Founded in 1858, the Melbourne Demons are the oldest club the AFL and a foundation member of the league. They were one of the proudest clubs of the VFL era but have struggled to be a competitive side in modern times, with their current premiership drought of 54 years the longest in the competition.

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After following up a barnstorming run to the preliminary finals with an unfathomably terrible 17th-place finish, it was impossible to predict just how Melbourne were going to go coming into 2020. Some people thought 2018 was an aberration and they were bad, while others thought 2019 was an aberration and they were actually good.

The truth proved to be somewhere in the middle. The Demons look to be coming good after they shook off an iffy start and were primed to return to the finals with a month to go, but unacceptable losses to Sydney and Fremantle saw them miss out. While their nine wins and ninth-place finish is a world away from the horrors of the previous season, Dees fans are still ruing what might have been.

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Senior coach: Simon Goodwin
Captain: Max Gawn
2020 finish: 9th
2020 best and fairest: Christian Petracca
2020 leading goalkicker: Bayley Fritsch (22)
Premierships: 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964

2020 Team List
Steven May, Nathan Jones, Christian Salem, James Harmes, Christian Petracca, Luke Jackson, Jack Viney, Jake Lever, Charlie Spargo, Angus Brayshaw, Max Gawn, Toby Bedford, Clayton Oliver, Michael Hibberd, Ed Langdon, Kade Kolodjashnij, Jake Melksham, Mitch Hannan, Adam Tomlinson, Braydon Preuss, Aaron Vandenberg, James Jordon, Trent Rivers, Tom McDonald, Sam Weideman, Aaron Nietschke, Oscar McDonald, Jayden Hunt, Alex Neal-Bullen, Bayley Fritsch, Tom Sparrow, Oskar Baker, Marty Hore, Harrison Petty, Kysaiah Pickett, Kade Chandler, Mitch Brown, Neville Jetta, Corey Wagner, Jay Lockhart, Josh Wagner, Joel Smith, Austin Bradtke, Kyle Dunkley

Clayton Oliver of the Demons kicks the ball

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