Match reports

Faith in the Mighty Dees

by Darren Spence

All the players, coaches and supporters were singing our great song for the first time in a round one game away from the ‘G since 1980 after a great win against the Saints on Saturday. I don’t know why the 2nd verse gets ignored however it would have been apt to sing ‘oh the team played fine in the year 39’ as I am pretty sure that was the last time we have beaten St. Kilda.

It didn’t look the result we were all hoping for early in the game, however, and yes, I was a little pessimistic when we were down by 4 goals and Joel Smith was off injured. In fact, at one stage I thought the Aussie Cricket team were more likely to be invited to Virat Kohli’s house for a BBQ then the Dees to break their drought!

I should have had more faith as the Mighty Demons slammed on 10 unanswered goals to end up winning comfortably by 30 points. Melbourne showed that the transition of coaches was seamless and I really enjoyed the attacking game style implemented by Goodwin. If this is a sign of things to come, then our long-suffering supporters are in for a treat this year.

Our turnaround of fortunes in the game really started with the clearances. We smashed the Saints in this area with big Maxy giving our midfield first use of the ball with players like Oliver, Lewis and Jones feasting on Gawn’s exemplary service. Oliver looks like having a break out year as he continued on with his JLT form (I still don’t know what JLT stands for BTW!) and Lewis just may end up being the recruit of the year.

Mitch Hannan had a debut to remember finishing with 16 disposals and 2 goals. Other players that impressed me were Neal-Bullen, in arguably his best game for the club, Vince, Hogan, Petracca and the under – rated (well outside the club anyway) Neville Jetta. Many players could see themselves hard done by with their exclusion from this list which really was a solid team performance and the best possible start for the year.

This Sunday we look towards our first home game against the Blues. Carlton are another team that have had the wood on us of late and it is a great opportunity for the boys to go 2 up after 2 and erase the poor performance against this mob late last year. I really don’t like Carlton….. am pumped for this game and expecting the boys to be fired up and run away with a win.





Melbourne def Collingwood

By Grandpa Gawny (The Roaming Gnome)

Well, that really was worth the trip over the Ditch!!

Watching the match live to air, coldie in hand, in the comfort of the lounge room at Coffs Harbour with Merlin and Sugar, what more could a chap ask for??  Well, something less than 40 degrees C would have helped!

The W-Dees were proudly led out by “Drives Herself” (Daisy Pearce) and didn’t the girls look up and about!!  With “Aunty Reg” (Mel Hickey) sporting a nice little shiner, the girls looked like right little warriors.


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