Coach – Simon Goodwin
Points For – 17th
Points Against – 17th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Max Gawn
- Clayton Oliver
- Jack Viney
- James Harmes
- Christian Petracca
2019 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Luke Jackson, Trent Rivers, Kysaiah Pickett, Adam Tomlinson, Ed Langdon
Outs – Sam Frost, Jeff Garlett, Jay Kennedy Harris, Jordan Lewis, Corey Maynard, Tim Smith, Billy Stretch, Guy Walker
Last year I rated this list a top four list. They finished off the year before and were flying, it was right about then their culture kicked in and reminded the football world just how miserable things are for Melbourne fans. They were found out for outside pace and spread. They looked good in the heat of the contest but their footskills were poor and they had no forwards that looked like the wanted the ball.
The backline reads well and with May stripping a few kgs and Lever getting a good run at it, may turn out ok. It feels like the overpaid for Lever who looked good at Adelaide but it was a Crows team who had their structure and system well and truly worked out. Oscar McDonald needs support but with him, Lever and May as their three talls, there is enough talent there. Hibberd, Jetta and Salem are solid smalls who give good run when things are working.
The midfield was bizarre last year, they took Brayshaw and stuck him on a wing, hoping his footskills would support their spread and run, he went to crap and played like he didn’t want to be there. Viney and Oliver had good years but neither are blessed for run. They have brought in Langdon this year who loves to run but has pretty average footskills. Tomlinson has been brought it and I don’t see him making any difference at all. They still look to lack depth and run.
Melbourne went all in on Sam Weideman based on a solid finals series in 2018. He looked like a good solid player. Hopefully for them, he can recapture some of that because he looked pretty average last year. They would have liked to be able to swing Tom McDonald based on need but the need is still for him to stay up forward and give them some sort of target. Petracca looked improved last year but inconsistent and tends to go missing when they need him. Hunt game their forward line some speed and unpredictability but his footskills are still pretty poor.
The ruck is sorted as long as Gawn still turns up and doesn’t get injured. They have Preuss as a backup which leaves them in a strong position. The coach is an interesting one. He scored a free pass for most of last year despite taking a team most thought was destined for success and leaving them at the foot of the ladder. I don’t think he would get that sort of space this year and if things start to go wrong early, the pressure will come on quick. There were coaches fired last year with better results from worse lists. Whether or not he can coach, I am not sure.
I think they are too good a team to finish so low and expect a bounce this year. I don’t think they are a contender as there still looks to be holes in the list. I think they are a chance to make the eight this year but more in the bottom half of it. I think the likely finish for the Demons this year is in the 7 – 9 range.