Category: western demons review Published: Wednesday, 27 January 2016 Written by Super User


The Dee's have been able to deliver four quarter games the last few weeks which has seen them step up to 3rd spot on the ladder. I think that gives us cause to celebrate ... Go Dees !

rnd 9 2018

West Dees

Melbourne V Richmond Round 5 - April 24th - MCG -   5.25pm WST

Hello True believers,
If our beloved Demons had any conceptions about their top four aspirations, they were well and truly delivered a reality check by the reigning premiers on Anzac Eve at the "G". 
Melbourne followed the lead of the Tigers by starting with a smaller forward setup (ie Melksham, Kent, Garlett, Neal-Bullen etc) with Jesse Hogan continuing his role initially as a high half forward but lacked the class and poise to maximise their inside forward 50's.
The side trailed by 3, 20 and 19 points at quarter, half and three quarter time respectively and whilst the Dees had their moments of momentum, they failed to capitalise on them. When the Tigers decided to put Melbourne "to the sword" by piling on 7 goals to three in the final stanza, the Demons had no answer and finally succumbed  disappointingly by 46 points. Final scores were Richmond 15.12 (102) to Melbourne 8.8 (56) in front of a crowd of just over 77,000.
SUMMARY - Whilst Max dominated in the ruck with 56 tap outs , our midfield were comprehensively outpointed and on numerous occasions  the Tigers sharked the knocks. Jake Melksham played a lone hand up forward with 4 of our 8 goals and Dean Kent's wretched run with injury continued with a hamstring strain ruling out of the game at the half,
Some of the side's more glaring  deficiencies that were painfully obvious as the game wore on were:
1) - No spread by our players (ie offering leads) across the board emanating from inconsistent application of work ethic
2) - The team is very lazy and displays no work ethic/pressure when they do not have the ball
3) - Our leadership group is impotent in adversity
The side can no longer afford the luxury of playing Jesse as a high forward ( wasn't it three Anzac Eve's ago that he played on Rance and took him to the cleaners?- why wasn't that tried again?) especially as the team has had 100 inside 50's in the last two games for a paltry return of 14 goals.
This week, our boys play Essendon at Etihad at 11.10am on Sunday 29/4/18 WST at the Paddington Alehouse (141 Scarborough Beach Road MT HAWTHORN) and we invite all supporters to meet, enjoy good fellowship and cheer the boys on to a much needed, confidence boosting win and in doing so level the ledger to 3-3. See you there!!!
(PS - Given that we are struggling for a tall option inside 50 to take a  grab and convert, can anyone tell me why Cam Pedersen who booted 5 goals as a key forward for Casey last week STILL cannot get a game?)
Yours slightly DEEmoralised
The DEEscriberHello True believers,


What was a blistering start against Hawthorn just turned out to being blistered by the Hawks. There will need to be some bandaids applied to the game plan if we are to get up over Richmond for the Rnd 5 ANZAC clash at the G. 

The day started well for Melbourne though when the wet conditions set in it was Hawthorn's day. Hawthorn's luck changed in the second quarter and the Dees luck had run out ; they just could not quite string it together. There were some dubious umpiring decisions which made hawthorn look untouchable and aided there re-entry into the game THOUGH  this factor set aside there was still poor execution to goal by the Dee's and they did give away some careless frees also. Hawthorn unfortunately just played the wet a whole lot better than Melbourne, held marks and were stylish around the packs.

It is still  early in the season and we still have a Viney & McDonald in waiting. If the Dees can keep injury free, nail a game plan and keep on improving then we have to keep the faith. It's a long season still ahead and football will always be football - don't pretend you know what exactly what lies ahead for all 18 teams.

Reset Dees - You can do it !

RND 3 - DEF NTH 18.15 (123) to 13.8 (86) 

Hello TRUE Believers,
To quote (partially) that great Etta James soul classic of the 1950's, "At Last our victory has come along" although the first quarter did not seem likely that we would break the duck with North kicking the first  four goals of the game. However, our Demons of 2018 are made of stern stuff and with big Max Gawn dominating centre clearances and Tomas Bugg lively with two goals, the boys steadied and only faced a thirteen point deficit at quarter time, scores being 5.33 (33) to 3.2 (20)
The second stanza began with Gawn continuing to give the midfield an armchair ride. Salem and Lewis (despite Madjak Daw's bump) gathered possessions at will and delivered with poise and precision to allow Garlett, Kent and Bugg to hit the scoreboard with maximum effect. Whilst Brown strove manfully to provide a target up forward for North, half time came with the demons enjoying a nine point lead, 9.7 (61) to 8.4 (52)
The herculean performance of Max Gawn continued after the major break evoking memories of the great Jim Stynes as he simply was involved in everything! His teammates got on board sensing that this was the best opportunity to eradicate the seventeen match stigma the club had faced and with  Jones, Oliver, Petracca and Frtisch all kicking  goals  the boys led by nineteen points 12.13 (85) to 10.6 (66).
With the cub sensing our ice breaking victory was close,  the team pressured early in the fourth quarter and early goals to Bugg (his fourth), Vince, Garlett and Lewis stamped the clubs' authority on the game and our boys finally ran our solid winners 18.15 (123) to 13.8 (86), a margin of thirty seven points.
The effort was extremely even over the course of the day and no player could have been accused of not contributing however Max's magnificent 18 possession and 50 tap outs, Jesse Hogan's 26 possession performance and Dean Kent's first up effort of 20 possessions and 3 goals are particularly noteworthy.
This week the Demons take on Hawthorn at the "G" at 1.20pm WST on Sunday 15/4/18 and as usual the Western Demons will meet at the Paddington Alehouse (141 Scarborough Beach Road - MT HAWTHORN) and the team MUST build on last week in an effort to shore up a top four spot.
We look forward to a massive crowd to witness the plucking of the Hawks- Go the mighty Demons and see you at the Paddo!!
Yours with Deelief (relief)
The Deescriber  

** The Dees break the RooVooDoo  **

There would not have been one Melbourne supporter today after the first quarter who would not have thought ' oooohh here we go again '. The next three quarters saw the Dees execute a game that represented the essence of what AFL is. A game of pressure, perseverence, and hard grit. The Dees knew they had to bring their pressure game today and they did ... after the first quarter ;)  The last two weeks have seen the Demons manage to reset later into games, hold strong to their style and win. It has been admirable how the Dees have lifted when required and been able to keep their red legs running to the end.  Credit due where credit is due at the final siren - the Dees as a team broke the 17 game voodoo that the Roos had over us today. 

Similar to stand out wins last year , particularily against the Doggies, this game had a nice share of players in the Stats. There were  no fewer than 17 players with more than 15 posessions. Jordon Lewis had a stand out game; always great to see an older player showing the way. Bugg and Kent have been able to etch there way back into the side with both having a great game and also finish the leading goal kickers. Hogan was a hard man to mark for the Roos as we saw him provide big player pressure all around the ground including coming out of back half. Congratulations to all the players as it was a gutsy effort today and a well deserved win by all. No need to mention all the stand out players as there was not much between any of them today. If the 'team' can continue to work as a 'team' as they did today then the Dees will be able continue to finals footbal this year.

Come & Join Us @ the Paddo!  Good Crew - Good Food & of course a GoodWin......

def nth paddo 2018 go dees

Hello true believers,
After handing four points to the Cats on a plate in round one, our boys traveled to the Gabba  determined to make amends against the Brisbane Lions. With a blistering opening quarter of 5.4 (34) to  0.03 (03), the centre dominance of Gawn, Petracca and Tyson (great first quarter in his first game of the campaign) truly reflected the Dees  midfield superiority. As a target inside forward 50, Jesse Hogan was especialv
 lively with two first quarter goals.
The second stanza saw Dom Tyson tagged in an effort to quell his first quarter influence. This was an effective move for Brisbane for the remainder of the game but in doing so only served to release the shackles from Clayton Oliver who went on to become one of the dominant players on the ground.
Whilst the Lions hit the scoreboard with two goals in this period, the Dees also  added with goals to Jones , Garlett and Hogan (his third) to hold a thirty seven point lead at the half, 8.7 (55) to 2.6 (18)
The third quarter commenced with Beams and Rockliff starting to wield  an influence with Steph Martin  in the middle. Charlie Cameron and Allen Christensen  began to hit the scoreboard and with Brisbane adding 3.5 (somewhat inacurately thank goodness!! ) to Melbourne's 1.4 for the quarter, the siren sounded with the Demons holding a 24 point lead heading into the final term 9.11 (65) to 5.11 (41)
A poor miss at the beginning of the last stanza from Jesse Hogan saw a sizeable shift in momentum to the LIons whose direct attacks through the corridor of the ground  saw them draw level and the game was well and truly on.
With the challenge arrogantly  thrown at the Dees feet, it required some individual brilliance by Jeff Garlett ably supported by Nathan Jones and Clayton Oliver  to  steel the group and draw away to win by 26 points. The final score being 14.16 (100) to 10.14 (74)
The question still remains  in that whilst the boys won ugly, they were at one stage 42 points to the good and must learn to crush the opposition when the opportunity presents itself. Have they learned nothing from 2017(ie percentage?)
This week the boys will attempt to remove the stigma of 17 consecutive losses to North Melbourne at the "G" on Saturday 7/4/18 at 12.00pm WST.
The Western Demons call on all those whose heart's ring true for the red and blue to join us the The Paddington Alehouse, 141 Scarborough Beach Road MT HAWTHORN to view the match and share the relief of getting this irritating monkey off our back by handing this mob a fearful belting!!!
Look forward to seeing you all then
Yours Deesappointingly (somewhat)
The DEEscriber

2018 Mebourne deeliver in 2018 pre season     ( By 'The Deescriber' )

AFLW - Our ladies entered season two confident of making a strong showing and making up for the disappointment of missing out on a grand final berth in 2017 on percentage. After two gritty wins against GWS (6 points) and reigning premiers Adelaide (32 points), the girls dropped the next two fixtures against Fremantle (5 points) and Collingwood (32 points) to be 2-2 after four games.
With the season on the line, the team registered strong showings against Brisbane (6 points) and Carlton (35 points- this being their most impressive performance of the year to date). Sadly however, Mel Hickey sustained an ACL injury in the Carlton game which cut short her season in the cruellest of fashion. The ledger now read 4-2 with the ladies needing to beat the top side in The Western Bulldogs to make the grand final.
In an ironic replica of the first season, the team fell agonisingly short of victory by two points and again missed the grand final on percentage. The girls can be proud of their efforts in AFLW2 and we congratulate coach Mick Stinear, his assistants and the playing group for doing our magnificent club proud.
SUMMARY - It is significant to note that goal kicking inaccuracy plagued the ladies efforts all season. In the three games that they lost, they kept Fremantle, Collingwood and The Western Bulldogs  scoreless in the first terms but failed to generate sufficient scoreboard pressure themselves and in each game were overrun by the opposition. Some of the other teams, most notably The Brisbane Lions and Adelaide Crows seem to be  better drilled when delivering the ball inside forward 50 (ie lowering the eyes) and perhaps some concentration on this aspect of the girls' game prior to season three may see attacking opportunities maximised in 2019.
AFLX - The inaugural series of the AFL'S equivalent to crickets' 20/20 met with mixed reviews from players and fans alike. Even with our beloved demons winning " silverware" by  defeating Hawhorn by 10 points in the second series decider, the AFLS' boast that this abbreviated version of our game (ie seven a side and two ten minute halves) will be prominent in selling our game overseas is hard to comprehend given that physical clashes and high making are conspicuous by their absence. The long term future of this form of the game must seriously be in question.
JLT COMMUNITY SERIES - The  boys recorded victories in both their JLT matches by 53 and and 26 points over North Melbourne (now do it when 4 points are at stake!!) and St Kilda respectively. The Roos victory was an extremely even performance by all team members. Mature age recruit Bayley Fritsch  (taken at pick 31) showed that he is ready to play straight away with three opportunistic goals and the only down aspect was a slight calf injury to veteran Jordan Lewis He  was substituted at half time as a precaution. Against the Saints, Fritsch continued his impressive form and must be uppermost in selectors minds for round one whilst  Jake Melksham continued his sparkling AFLX form. Jesse Hogan looked extremely fit in gaining 21 possessions in all parts of the ground whilst reigning Best and Fairest Clayton Oliver inspired in a best on ground effort racking up 27 possession and most noticeably  2 goals.
ROUND ONE - The campaign kicks off in earnest on Sunday 25th March with a home game against the Cats at the "G" at 12.05 pm WST. As usual The Western Demons have organised a TV function to view the match at our spiritual home of  The Western Demons , THE PADDINGTON ALEHOUSE at 141 Scarborough Beach Road in Mount Hawthorn.
We call on all those whose hearts beat true for the red and the blue to wear your colours proudly and join the WA Demon Army at The Paddo in cheering the boys on to a memorable first round triumph.
Thank goodness footy is back!!! - See you at The Paddo on the 25th and GO YOU MIGHTY DEMONS!!!!!!!
Yours in deelightful anticipation,
The Deescriber 

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