Coach – Simon Goodwin
Points For – 7th
Points Against – 9th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Clayton Oliver
- Jack Viney
- Nathan Jones
- Jordan Lewis
- Neville Jetta
2017 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Jake Lever, Harley Balic, Charlie Spargo, Bayley Fritsch, Harrison Petty, Oskar Baker
Outs – Hertier Lumumba, Colin Garland, Jack Trengove, Jake Spencer, Mitch White, Liam Hulett, Ben Kennedy, Jack Watts
The Demons will be seriously disappointed with the way their season finished off last year. They should have made the finals but missed in a way only Melbourne could. If they miss again this year, the pressure on Goodwin will be massive.
The backline was ok last year. They have good depth with both McDonald boys able to hold down a KP. Lever comes in and will boost them with his intercept marking, an area they haven’t been strong in. From a small perspective they have a good running brigade. Hibberd was outstanding last year and Jetta had th best year of his career. They have Hunt who gives them run but his disposal is hit and miss. The addition of Lever definately strengthens their backline.
The midfield has plenty of grunt. Viney, Jones, Brayshaw and Oliver is a very useful engine room. You could make a definately argument that they lack outside run but I am not sure they got found out too often in this area last year. Will be interesting to see if they use Hunt or Petracca a little more this year through the middle to give them more run.
The forward line is a work in progress but they have the players to form a useful unit. They will be looking for Weideman to step up this year and Hogan is just about ready to explode if he can get some luck off the field. Weideman stepping up will let them send Tom McDonald back. From a small forward perspective they have Garlett and last year I thought Melksham was ok for the most part. Petracca is a beast and while I think he will see some midfield time, he is more important up forward. I think they will miss Watts but natural development should cover him.
The rucks are reliant on Gawn. Pederson stepped up last year for a couple of games but a serious injury to Gawn and you can write off any finals chances.
This season it is vital for all involved at Melbourne that they make the finals. They have been improving each year and faltered last year. They have the talent to make the top 8. The only thing that will stop them is an injury to Gawn or what is happening between their ears. I think this year they probably make it. Somewhere from 7-9