Daisy Pearce

Daisy Pearce has returned to the AFLW this season, stamping her class on the competition immediately. Damian Balassone penned these words a couple of years ago but they still ring true today.

Round 6 – Richmond v Melbourne: How Good is Stacky

Michael Nichols discusses the Round Six game that promised so much pre-season, Richmond v Melbourne.

Round 4 – Sydney v Melbourne: Hopeful trip to the SCG

Craig Dodson and Mrs. D take their young boys on an adventure to their first game of the SCG with high hopes and reminiscing about the days of footy in 1987.

Round 15 – Melbourne v St Kilda: The Wow Factor

St Kilda had a win over Melbourne last Sunday. Yvette Wroby, along with many other Saints supporters, have had smiles on their faces since. Three wins and a draw feel pretty good. More wins would be better.

AFLW Round 4 – Melbourne v Collingwood: Melting and melding

Yvette Wroby finds herself barracking for Collingwood, and actually enjoying it. Something weird is happening in the world of women’s footy, and this is just one of the outcomes (on the field and in front of the TV.)

AFLM Round 21 – Melbourne v St Kilda: When “Good Grief” turns into “WTF” and then hope

Yvette Wroby and Saints fans are in recovery after the game against the Dees. Nick Riewoldt is retiring, and if that wasn’t bad enough, the season is over for the Saints. Is there such a thing as good grief?

Round 1 – St Kilda v Melbourne: Happy and Sad

Yvette Wroby is happy (she also caught most of the AFLW Grand Final) and Yvette is sad (will Nick be OK?), but when she thought of Alison Lester’s children’s board book, she knew she could write her first season report.

Round 1 – St. Kilda v Melbourne: Demons Put Saints Into Early Season Hell

The Saints went down to Melbourne for the first time in fourteen matches. Braham Dabscheck give us his thoughts.

AFLW Round 2 – Collingwood v Melbourne: Born again Dees

Rod and his Demon loving daughter head to Princes Park and witness a game turn around. It’s another good night at the footy. Melbourne come romping home.

Round 8 – Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: Sunday Arvo Dees

It’s a quick trip to Melbourne for Piffy, but the fixture denies him a Friday night game at the G. He flies home to watch his Demons go down to the Dogs.

Round 3 – North Melbourne v Melbourne: Three Decades

Smokie experienced North’s dramatic win at Blundstone Arena while working his shift and keeping us safe.

Round 20 – Western Bulldogs v Melbourne: Forever Casting out the Demons

Life-long fan Neil Anderson was at the MCG to his Bulldogs win the 1954 premiership. It has been a barren stretch since then. But maybe it is time for him to abandon his pessimism.

Remembering Talent Lost

Wesley Hull ponders the intersection of talent and fate.

A legacy into which Paul Roos is tapping

This excellent piece on Checker Hughes is definitely written by Lynda Carroll. It was sent to us by Rob Heath. [Apologies for the confusion Lynda – Ed] Lynda has a PhD in history. Her research focussed on the Melbourne Football Club. Subsequently, during her time as Melbourne’s historian she completed The Grand Old Flag, the official club history. Lynda completed many interviews with key Demon characters. She continues her life as a writer and historian and is currently working on a major project about the East Melbourne Cricket Ground.

AFL Round 3 – Melbourne v West Coast: Eagles start season 10 quarters late

There are a few games every year where you can tick off – with some degree of confidence – the following: a.) a blow-out; b.) not one highlight for the 2013 show reel and c.) a one-tenth-filled stadium. Saturday’s clash had promised to live up to this expectation.

The Way-Too-Early 2013 Preview: Melbourne

Safe to say the Demons have been a in a bit of a rut lately. Adam Ritchie looks at why they are where they are, and can they progress.

Demons that cannot be buried

Is there a tougher sell in Australian sport than the Melbourne Football Club?

Struggling to find the light

I never thought the time would come. The time where I no longer prioritise my weekends around when the Demons are playing. But after eight soul-destroying rounds of football, that is the decision I’m now faced with. Football has always been about unconditional love. You support your team through the good times and the bad [Read more]

Jim Stynes and the triumph of idealism

  by Jonathan Rivett The problem with writing about someone you have never met is that your presumptions could so easily be wrong. Maybe what I’m about to say about Jim Stynes, who died on the morning of Tuesday the 20th of March, is incorrect. Maybe he was not much different from those who came [Read more]