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


Review from season 2017

Good morning True Believers,

Attendance at our TV functions was commensurate with the improving fortunes of our beloved Demons in 2017.

Whilst a turnout of 17 for Round 1's clash with the Saints was modest and the smallest we have in three years, the fact that the side was in finals contention right to the very end ensured supporter support stayed strong.

The failure of our team to make finals since 2006 should not deter from the fact that that our  total supporter turnout for 2017 TV functions  was 392 and we had surpassed our 2016 total of 308 by Round 20 (315). Our decision to hold a TV function over the last two years on the Queens Birthday is proving to be one of the years highlights as both games against "the old enemy" in 2017 attracted 25 supporters.

Other notable attended games were Round 2 Carlton (26),  Round 13 Western Bulldogs (30), Round 18 Port Adelaide (23)  and Round 21 St KIlda (31)

Your committee  is determined to make your TV function experience the next best thing to being at the "G" and we welcome your suggestions in respect of same as well as any ideas you may have in respect of fundraising activities we may undertake on the day of the match. We welcome all members and supporters to join in good fellowship each week during the season which always is enriched with a thumping Melbourne victory!!!!

Please note  that our AFLW team begin their season against GWS and then Adelaide on Saturday 3rd and 10th of February respectively, both at Casey Fields and commencing at 2.05PM WST. We have booked  TV functions for both games and cordially invite all whose hearts beat true to  utilise  these opportunities to exercise your vocal cords for what I am sure will be a huge year for both our teams.

In conclusion, may I take this time to thank all members and supporters that have supported our TV functions in 2017. We look forward to your continued patronage in 2018 and implore those who have yet to do so to be assured that you will be most warmly welcomed should you decide to take the "plunge" in season 2018.

Yours DEElightedly

Ian Mills - Western Demons TV Function  Co-ordinator.



Round 20 - Def By GWS  14.13 (97) to 10.2 (62)

Hello True Believers,
The guys made their way to Canberra on the back of yet another disappointing loss to North Melbourne and whilst our coach seems happy to disregard 17 consecutive losses to the Roos (since 2006!!!!!) as irrelevant the bottom line is this is becoming a real mental roadblock and must be addressed before our next game against them in 2018.
None the less the boys started the game in Canberra in lively style and jumped out of the blocks (finally) to score the first three goals of the match. Our midfield was making the most of Max Gawn's early dominance and our set up around stoppages early doors gave the Giants some early cause for concern until two freakish goals ( a banana  from  Stephen Coniglio  in the pocket and a snap  from Tom Scully which took an uncharacteristic offshoot through the goals ) sparked a run which resulted in a total of eight goals for the quarter and saw  the Giants highest first quarter score of 8.6 since the club's inception.
The Giants began to dominate centre clearances and became far more structured around stoppages and dominated contested possession. Melbourne struggled to break down their opponents press and failed to generate any sustained cohesion going forward trailing 10.7 (67) to 5.3 (33) at the main break.
Whilst the Dees managed to stifle the Giant's second use of the wind in the third term, they simply could not generate sufficient sortees inside forward 50 to make any worthwhile inroad into the Giant's lead and trailed by 45 points at the last change. With the opportunity to structure in such a way as to make the most of their final use of the wind, Melbourne inexplicably chose to short pass rather than kick long which the Giants were happy to allow them to do.
With Lewis, Vince and Oliver all posting plus 30 possession games and Nathan Jones in his first hit out back from injury racking up 29 the boys ended the day with a disappointing 35 point loss which considering GWS had a staggering 15 more scoring shots (Final Score 14.13 (97) to 10.2 (62), can be considered  flattering for the side to get as close as they did..
We cannot dwell on this performance as St Kilda's gutsy eight point win against the Eagles now sets up a mouth watering contest this week at the G with the winner likely to grab a top eight spot given there are only two home and away games after this coming weekend.
As usual The Western Demons will be holding a TV function at The Paddington Alehouse, home of sport live and loud in WA and The home of The Western Demons/Melbourne Football Club in WA at 11..10am WST ion Saturday 12/8/17.
We call on all Demon supporters to proudly wear your colours and come on down to enjoy WA's best pub grub, a selection of 141 Ales plus $10 cocktails and $15 jugs of the Paddo''s special Ale but most importantly cheer like you've never cheered before in a match which will no doubt determine whether the boys play finals in 2017.
Keep in mind that The Demons have their own Radio Show at 6.00pm on 91.3FM each Tuesday. Tune in to keep apprised of all that is happening with our beloved Dees  and The Western Demons .
Yours DEESappointed but not DEESpondant
The DEEscriber

Round 19 - Def By North 11.10 (76) to 10.12 (72)


 OOPS - That'd be 17 in a row to North. But what is a voodoo ? Only what you make of it.... We just have to remember that the Dees have had an awesome step up so far this year. The conditions at Tas' were certainly consistent with the ever reliable winds making it a 'Down the middle with the wind' and 'Around the outside into the wind' type of game. Often the ball was held up in certain parts of the ground for a scrappy tussle.. The 3rd & 4th quarters were a real grind though the Dees couldn't convert in the last with the wind advantage. At the end of the day ........ unfortunately North were just too good. WE OWE YOU ONE NORTH >>> SO BE READY !   Martin @ WD's - Just back from Tas' 

Round 18 - Def Port 13.10 (88) to 9.11 (65)

This was the interstate round hosted  by MFC. A great weeknd saw a couple of the Western Demons in Melbourne bumping shoulders with awesome Demon supporters from all over Australia.

Pre-game function hosted by the ever reliable Robbo at the The Sporting Globe Richmond. There was plenty of good grub topped off with a cameo appearance by the 'Angry' Vince. Bernie got a moderate taosting by Robbo which I am sure he really loved - Onya Bernie !

Then it was off to the G to take up the upgraded 'Reserve' Seats to enjoy a victory over Port. The biggest challenge for the day was beating the cold though that pailed into insignificance as the Dees did a courageous job of putting away Port. Great day complimented with a great game - Go Dees !


Round 16 - Def Carlton  14.6 (90)  to  12.10 (82)

Hello true believers,
There was a real sense of destiny as the boys travelled to the "G" last Sunday to do battle with a Carlton side that had pushed  the top side in Adelaide and fall short by two goals the week before.
We were however as seems to be the norm  in this campaign,  jumped yet again in the first quarter with White and Silvagni prominent for  the Blues and the Dees being well served in defence by Frost and Hibberd and Clayton Oliver back to his very best with 13 possessions in the first quarter. The side struggled to penetrate forward 50 however   and a  late first quarter goal  to Tom McDonald (what a revelation he is proving to be up forward) saved the side from total embarrassment. The guys trailed 4.3(27) to 1.2 (8) at quarter time and  needed to lift their game in the second term..
As if sensing a possible repeat of the effort against the Swans was imminent, the boys rallied and with Petracca having an impact in the middle, Neal-Bullen and Wagner (Chipped in with two DEElightful goals on the day) making  their presence felt the side slammed on six goals to three  to trial by a solitary behind at the main break, 7.5 (47) to 7.4 (46). Carlton's rotations were severely depleted with match ending injuries to Patrick Cripps (later revealed to be a broken leg) and Sam Docherty (knee) proving to be decisive in their fade out in the second half. Clayton Oliver was again in the news after a verbal altercation with a Carlton "supporter" in  the crowd.. He seems to be the target of much media scrutiny at the minute but at the tender age of 19 he will no doubt learn over the course of his footy journey to let his footy do the talking and not allow himself to be  affected by outside irritations.
The third stanza was a seesaw affair with Tom McDonald a strong making option inside forward 50 (finished the game with 4 goals), Neal-Bullen and Oliver strong out of the middle and Jordie Lewis utilising his experience across half back. Young Tom Curnow  was very prominent for Carlton in this term and tried desperately to lift his side(Is it just me or is he a dead ringer for Koutafides right down to the haircut?).  His effort did not go unnoticed and he was the NAB Rising Star nomination for the round.At three quarter time the Dees has managed to wrest the lead from the blues and led 11.5(71) to 9.8 (62) a margin of nine points.
Both sides kicked three goals in the final term with Carlton grabbing the initial momentum with goals  to Simpson and captain Murphy which gave the Blues a three point buffer. A further goal and behind to the Blues gave them what appeared to be the beginning of the foundation of a winning lead(10 points) but as our Demons have proved on many occasions this year the 2017 Demon is made of tough stuff and goals to Neal-Bullen ("Nibbler") and a great running goal from Melksham gave the Dees a two point lead. A mark to Neal-Bullen just outside 50 with a minute to go seemed to indicate the game was in our keeping but experienced advice from Jordie Lewis convinced Nibbler to use his 30 seconds  the kick to him which he did. Jordie then did the same to ensure victory was ours and the siren rang just as he was taking his kick with which he goaled sealing a scrappy,  ugly but none the less hard fought eight point win.
For a brief period (an hour) we were top four but were relegated to fifth after Port's big win. The team now visit TIO Stadium  to do battle with ladder leaders Adelaide. I seem to recall that they were top of the ladder when we embarrassed them on their own ground earlier in the year so the fact most scribes give us no hope only reinforces that they are poor judges and have equally poor memories!!!!
The Dees, whilst still undermanned in terms of key personnel face an Adelaide side who have never played at TIO so the humidity factor could well be in our favour.
The Western Demons will hold a TV function at the home of The Western Demons , The Paddington Alehouse at 141 Scarborough Beach Road Mt Hawthorn on Saturday, 15/7/17 at 5.40pm WST.
We invite all Melbourne supporters to attend, avail yourself of WA's best pub grub, $10 cocktails and $15 jugs of "The Paddo Special Ale" and best of all cheer the boys to yet another gutsy win!!
Keep in mind that Melboune's voice in WA , "The Dee Team" can be heard on 91.3fm Sports Radio each Tuesday at 6pm making all Demon supporters aware of the current happenings at The Melbourne Footy Club and The Western Demons.. The boys are hopeful of speaking to Melbourne and Carlton premiership player and now Perth Demons (WAFL) coach Earl Spalding ("The Duke"). Tune in for a ripping interview.
Until next week remember, there are only two types of supporters, those that follow Melbourne and those that wish they did!! GO YOU GOOD THINGS
Yours DEElightedly >>>  The DEEscriber

RND 16 DEF BLUES 2017 

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A great cliff hanger ! The Dee's managed get over the line with a side that had a lot of 'outs'. The team in it's current form has had to be very versatile and when the likes of Viney, Jones & Watts come back in they'll all be better for the experience.

Round 15 - Def  By Sydney   11.19 (85)  to  7.8 (50) 

Hello true believers,
With the euphoric afterglow of the magnificent triumph over the Eagles continuing to bathe all Melbourne supporters, we attended the "G" with a spring in our step filled with confidence and looking at our fifth consecutive win in a row.
It didn't take long for the boys to come back to earth with a thud as Sydney bounced out of the blocks scoring the first six  shots of the evening which luckily for us were all behinds. The side entered the game without Jack Watts (hamstring), Nathan Jones (thigh) and Jeff Garlett (hamstring) and although big Max Gawn returned it was apparent that four games in eighteen days had left the boys flat. An unbelievable brain fade from Tomas Bugg who struck Callum Mills caused a massive altercation involving players from both sides. Mills left the ground and took no further part and Bugg's subsequent report will see him miss the next six games.
Although the Swans continued to dominate all over the ground, they could not find the big sticks and whilst Melbourne struggled to get the ball past half forward their few visits inside forward 50 saw them score four goals and they led 4.0 (24) to 1.8(14) a lead of 16 points at quarter time, a far from true reflection of the first stanza.
The second term saw Sydney up the anti both around the ball and at the opposition and at half time they had held the Dees to a single behind whist kicking 4.7 themselves to lead 5.15 (45) to 4.1 (25) a 20 point lead.
Melbourne skipper Jack Viney did not reappear after half time and this gave carte blanche to the likes of Luke Parker, Josh Kennedy and Kieran Jack all whom had been outstanding up until the main break, to really turn the screws.
Without the hardness of Viney in the middle, the Dees were thrashed in contested possession for the first time this year and  trailed at three quarter time  8.16 (64) to 5.4 (34), a lead of five goals.
Whilst the three quarter time lead was manageable, the side were never really a threat as a lack of midfield impetus, dominant forwards and lack of forward line pressure (oh how Jeffy was missed!!!) saw the Swans cruise to a 35 point win and hand  the Dees its first comprehensive loss of the campaign. Thankfully the Swans inaccuracy flattered the boys however 11.19 (85) to 7.8(50) did not truly reflect the potential towelling we should have received.
The side will need to do a lot of soul searching before our next game against the Blues at the "G" on Sunday 9/7/17.
As usual The Western Demons will hold a TV function to view the match at The Paddington Alehouse, 141 Scarborough Beach Road Mt Hawthorn, home of sport LIVE AND LOUD in WA commencing at 1.20pm.
We  cordially invite all Melbourne supports to attend, partake in the best pub grub in WA, avail yourselves of $10 cocktails and $15 jugs of The Paddo's special ale and most importantly cheer to boys on to a much needed confidence boosting win against Carlton.
Remember that Dee Team Radio is firing away at 6.30 pm each Tuesday on 91.3 SportFM the home of grass roots sport support in WA. Tune in to get all the latest from the club and The Western Demons and see who this weeks special guest will be. The boys spoke with Demon all rounder Cam Pedersen last week.
That's all for this week. Look forward to seeing you all at the Paddo on Sunday, Go the mighty Dees.
Yours DEEterminedlly
The DEEscriber 

Round 14 - Def Eagles   15.9 (99) to 14.12 (96)

Going to take a few weeks to get the voice back I think. What more can I say ....... not a lot !

Some more pics below kindly provided by Michael who took some pics for us at the Paddo function. A great day and huge success !

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Round 13 - Def bulldogs  17.11 (113) to 8.8 (56)

Winners are grinners. This match provided us with the best four quarters for the season thus far. There were no less than 11 Goal kickers for the Dees. A great team effort !

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 Round 8 - Def Adelaide 17.5 (107) to 9.12 (66)

Hello True Believers,
They tantalise and tease, promise and then deceive so how can one possibly offer an explanation for  the boys' best performance of the year in maniacally hunting both the opposition and the ball en route to a convincing 41 point victory at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night. Was it Bernie Vince's 200th game or the news that Jesse Hogan had been diagnosed with testicular cancer (and by the way, all
Demon hearts and thoughts are with Jesse and his family for a full and speedy recovery)that provided the stimulus but either way, why does this football club consistently need a reason to win????
The game commenced energetically enough with Melbourne displaying a frantic desire to be competitive to such an extent that the first goal was not scored until the 20 minute mark with a clever snap from Eddie Betts.
The Dees would have been well pleased with their first quarter effort however the Crows managed to get off the leash in the early part of the second stanza and with "Tex" Walker being particularly prominent, established a 28 point lead which threatened to blow out to a more substantial advantage. Enter Thomas Bugg who took the bit between his teeth, kicked two clever clutch goals which wrested back momentum and saw the side enter half time less than three goals in arrears .
Positional moves were made at the long break, the most pivotal being Christian Petracca to the middle (Memo Goody - Any chance he could actually START there against North?) and Tom McDonald to the forward half. These two moves proved to be a remarkable catalyst with Petracca dominating, McDonald snagging two goals, Pedersen drifting forward to kick three for the match and Bernie Vince in a best on ground performance completely blanketing Rory Sloane, restricting him to 11 possessions for the game. Such was the Demons dominance that they scored 13 goals to three after half time to win 17.5 (107) to 9.12 (66).
The match was an opportunity for the side to grab a big scalp (especially on their own dung heap!) and the boys' certainly grabbed the it with both hands. The question now is can they back it  up against North who have proved to be one of our "bogey" sides in recent years.
Once again The Western Demons will hold a TV function at The Paddington Alehouse at 141 Scarborough Beach Road in Mt Hawthorn on Sunday 21/5/17 at 1.00pm WST. Melbourne supporters can avail  themselves of the best pub grub in WA, jugs of "The Paddo Ale" at $15 and cocktails at $10. We invite all Demon supporters to attend and help the team grab a much overdue victory against a side that has revelled in dishing out hidings to us in the past. "ITS PAYBACK TIME"
Remember to keep in mind that "The Dee Team" radio show airs at 6.00pm on 91.3FM on Tuesdays so take time to tune in and keep up to date with all the happenings at The Western Demons and The Melbourne Footy Club.
See you at the "Paddo" (The home of sport LIVE & LOUD in WA) and GO THE MIGHTY DEES!!
Yours with much DEElight
THe DEEscriber

Round 7 - Def by Hawthorn 14.10 (94)  -  14.7 (91).
Hello True  Believers,
After despatching one of our bogey teams in Essendon by 38 points last week , Melbourne supporters travelled to the "G" confidant the side could extend the Hawks misery in 2017.
The match against Hawthorn was our annual Pink Lady fixture (Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation - Please donate on 1800 500 258) but is so often the case with our team when it comes to embracing expectation, the script did not go to plan!
The Hawks jumped the Dees in the first quarter with their experienced campaigners in Roughhead, Breust,McEvoy and Hodge inflicting early pain and helping the Hawks establish a handy  quarter time lead of 27 points (5.4 to 1.1).The second stanza became more of an arm wrestle with the Dees working manfully to try and work their way back into the contest. Jack Viney worked tirelessly to lift his side in a welcome return to top form and Nathan Jones was his ever reliable self although even he along with his teammates was guilty of turning the ball over way too often.
With the Dees facing a half time deficit of 29 points, drastic changes needed to be made. "Goody" threw Jayden Hunt forward and Christian Petracca moved into the middle in an effort to generate consistent midfield impetus. The moves proved to be inspired as Hunt kicked two early goals whilst Garlett grabbed three for the quarter. Momentum had swung Melbourne's way and by three quarter time, the deficit was a single behind (11.7-11.6) with the game up for grabs.
Both sides threw caution to the wind in the last quarter with the only difference being the polish and composure of Hawthorn coming to the fore as opposed to Melbourne's frustrating habit of turning the ball over under duress. At the final siren, our boys had  suffered another  heartbreaking loss by three points. Final scores Hawthorn 14.10 (94) to Melbourne 14.7 (91).
This week we travel to Adelaide to face the Crows who will be in no mood to grant Melbourne any favours especially as the Roos embarrassed them last week. It is however, an opportunity for the Demons to grab an impressive scalp just as St Kilda (GWS) and Gold Coast (Geelong) managed to achieve the week before. We will really see what this playing group is made of this week.
As usual The Western Demons will hold a function at The Paddington Alehouse  - 141 Scarborough Beach Road Mt Hawthorn on Saturday 13/5/17 at 5.40PM WST. Please make every effort to attend as our boys need our support more than ever plus you have the opportunity to avail yourselves of the best pub grub in WA. Western Demon supporters can also take advantage of $10 cocktails plus jugs of "The Paddo Ale" at $15.
Keep an eye out during the telecast for own very own secretary  Joan Lawson who has gone to Adelaide for the game and will be making sure the Cheer Squad behave themselves!!!
See you at the Paddo on Saturday night when the Mighty Dees send the rest of the competition a frightening message that the phoenix is rising.
Yous DEEterminedly
The DEEscriber

Round 5 - Def by Rich 12.16 (88) to 11.9 (75) 
Hello True Believers,
As we settled down to view our crucial game against the undefeated Tigers, Melbourne supporters were no doubt puzzled at the omission of Dean Kent and the failure to promote Cam Pedersen after a 29 possession effort at the lower level the week before. His versatility would prove to be a much missed commodity in view of what was about to unfold.
The first half was played at a cracking pace with both sides trying their best to handle the greasy conditions. The Tigers ability to lower their eyes and look for a teammate when in possession kept them in the contest whilst the Dees butchered the ball and gave our forwards little opportunity by blasting away and hoping that we could snaffle a big grab. Never the less the game was up for grabs at the long break with Melbourne holding a slender six point lead (7.6 to 6.6). Melbourne looked like they may be up against it  in the second half as game ending injuries to Spencer (shoulder) and Smith (ribs) early in the contest severely hampered the Dees bench rotations for the rest of the game.
The second half commenced with contested possessions almost equal at 93-85 (in Melbourne's favour). Goals to Garlett and Hunt saw the Dees open up a 19 point lead which was reduced to 20 only after Grigg (Richmond) missed a set shot right on the three quarter time siren. The Tigers had managed 35 inside 50's to three quarter time however the floodgates opened in the final stanza with them amassing 25 inside 50's for the term, Martin broke his shackles(he had been well held to this point) and with  Riewoldt continuing his fine game (6 goals), Richmond scored 5.5 to 0.2 to overrun a gallant Melbourne and secure a 23 point win. Final scores were 12.16 (88) to 11.9 (75). Michael Hibberd's 25 possession effort for his first game for Melbourne was most noteworthy.
The Demons led in all statistical categories and had 60 more possessions over the course of the game  yet failed to convert that dominance  into scoreboard pressure to secure the victory.
It is of some concern that the Dee's have now been overrun in the last three weeks in games where they held sway however their lack of composure and poise under pressure has been startling. It is significant that this lack of composure has coincided whist we have been without the stabilising influence of Jordan Lewis in the back half. He will be back this week and will be sorely needed as we face another of our recent "bogey" teams in Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Sunday at 11.10am WST.
As usual the Western Demons will be holding a function at the home of sport -LIVE &LOUD- in WA - The Paddington Alehouse at 141 Scarborough Beach Road in MT HAWTHORN. Be sure to make it a date to enjoy WA's best pub grub, the state's finest assortment of beers and demon supporters can enjoy cocktails at $10 and jugs of 'Paddo Ale" at $15.
Keep in mind too the next edition of "The Dee Team". our very own radio show for the Melbourne Football Club airs at 6.30pm next Tuesday May 2  on 91.3fm. Be sure to tune in and catch all the latest with our beloved Demons. 
Until next week remember there are only two types of supporters, those who follow Melbourne and those who wish they did!!! -- See you at the Paddo on Sunday!!
Yours DEEtermined,
The DEEscriber

Round 3 - Def by Geel 20.6 (126) to 13.19 (97) 

Hello True Believers,
I think I can confidently express what all Demon supporters are thinking after Saturday's game when I say "How can you lose a game by five goals when you should have won by ten?".
The game started in lively fashion with the Dees being somewhat slow in their defensive transition and whilst they had sixteen inside 50's (2 goals) to Geelong's ten (5 goals) their inability to convert would be the story of the day. The second quarter set the blueprint for the result of the match as big Max applied a tackle which appeared quite innocuous however he left the field with what was thought to be a knee injury. It turned out however, to be a hamstring and the initial assessment appeared to indicate no tendon damage but a later diagnosis confirmed that this was not the case and surgery beckons for the big man(Jake Spencer your destiny beckons!!!). Jack Watts took over the ruck mantle  and was magnificent in his efforts. The Dees kicked 5.7 to 4.00  for the quarter however the seven misses to Smith, Jones, Harmes, Stretch, Weidemann, Kent and Petracca were all set shots inside forward 50 which had they been converted as they should , would  have set the team up with a match winning lead.
In the third quarter the Dee's continued their domination but found it difficult to establish any real break to give themselves a chance of victory and held a meagre three point advantage at three quarter time.
With the game up for grabs, the finals hardened players in Dangerfield, Selwood, Motlop and co asserted their poise and composure on the contest to lead Geelong to a six goal to one last quarter and a 29 point victory. Final scores were 20.6 (126) to 13.19 (97). A stark and disappointing story of ruthless efficiency as opposed to woeful wastefulness in front of goal.
The boys can ill afford to dwell on the result as they face a Fremantle side this week at the "G" buoyed by their first victory of  2017 against the premiers.
As usual The Western Demons will hold a function at The Paddington Hotel at 141 Scarborough Beach Road in Mt, Hawthorn home of sport LIVE & LOUD, With jugs at $15, cocktails at $10 and WA's best pub grub what better way to celebrate the Easter break. The game commences at 11.45 WST on Saturday 15/4/17 and we urge all Demon fans to make the effort to attend and cheer the boys on as they put these WA upstarts in their place!!
We also encourage and look forward to your listening company to our very own radio show "The Dee Team" at 6.00pm on 91.3fm each Tuesday. Guest  on 11/4/17 will be Dean Kent. Don't Miss it!!
Until next week , see you at the Paddo
Yours DEEsappointed but not DEEScouraged,
The DEEScriber

Round 2 - Def Blues 13.8 (86) to 9.10 (64)

Hello True  Believers,
After the euphoria of the sides' Round 1 victory had subsided, buoyant Demons fans travelled to the "G"  to see if the boys could "back it up" and start 2017  at 2-0 for the first time since 2005, however someone forgot to give the Blue's a copy of the script!!
A young Carlton team were very disciplined in applying their press against the Dees to such an extent that it made it extremely difficult to execute the style of footy the side wished  and subsequently the boys were forced to try and pick holes in the Carlton defence in order to move the ball forward. This forced the team to over use the football and by half time Melbourne had amassed a whopping 90 more disposals than their opponents.
Three quick goals to Carlton in the third quarter enabled them to grab a nine point lead and with that a shift in momentum and composure.  However,  similarly to last week the boys rose to the challenge in the last quarter to wrest back the initiative, steady, and kick on to record a 22 point victory with final scores being 13.8 (86) to 9.10 (64).
Best players for the Dees were Christian Salem (mopped up everything that came his way with poise and polish), Clayton Oliver (whose 35 possession effort backed up his equally efficient round one performance), Nathan Jones (who was instrumental in turning the tide with his remarkable level of consistent display) and Jeff Garlett (who played his best game for the Dees, grabbled three crucial goals and whose forward  pressure was supreme).
It would be remiss of me at this juncture not to congratulate the Melbourne Woman's Team on a wonderful inaugural season  and on behalf of all Melbourne supporters congratulate Daisy Pearce, Elise O'Dea, Karen Paxman and Melissa Hickey in particular on their selection in the AFLW All Australian side.
Also we remind everyone that our game against Carlton was in aid of The Reach Foundation (instigated by our beloved and much missed Jimmy Stynes) whose aim was to assist ALL Aussie youth to strive to be the vey best they can be. If you can,  please denote $11 by texting 11 to 0455 021 021 and in doing so help big Max to continue the foundations great work.
This week the team will face it's first big test to date (with respect to Saints and Blues)  when they meet Geelong at Etihad  on Saturday 8/4/17 at 2.35pm WST. As usual the The Western Demons will meet at the home of sport -LIVE AND LOUD- The Paddington Hotel at 141 Scarborough Beach Road Mt Hawthorn so come on down and join like minded supporters in cheering on the Mighty Dees to our third win of the campaign. With jugs and cocktails at $15 and $10 respectively for all Western Demons supporters and the best pub grub in WA you simply cannot afford to stay away!!!.
Remember that The Dee Team  hit the airwaves at 6.00pm each Tuesday on 91.3FM so be sure to tune in for everything that is happening at the club and with The Western Demons.
Till next week - If you cannot make the MCG, the Paddo's the next best place to be!!
Yours DEElightedly  - Ian Mills 

Round 1 - Def  Saints 18.12 (120) to 13.12 (90) 

Hello true believers,
Welcome to the first match report of the 2017 season. No doubt even the most fanatical Demon supporter would have made the trek to Etihad Stadium wondering if our boys could finally break the ten year hoodoo of losses against the Saints by winning only our second game in 27 visits to Etihad.
At quarter time, the spectre of defeat appeared to loom large as the Saints jumped the team yet again and stablished a 23 point lead. Whatever "Goody" told the side at quarter time certainly needs to be bottled but part of address would certainly have included an 'eyeball" of the team's leadership group. The side responded with real grit as Nathan Jones, Jordan Lewis and Jack Viney lifted their performances to maximise the dominance of Max Gawn at centre bounces and stoppages. The boys started to get numbers to the contest and the likes of Petracca, Oliver, Brayshaw, Stretch and Vince began to have a real impact on the match.
In fact such was the dominance of the Dee's that they kicked 13 goals to 3 from quarter time to three quarter time.
Football supporters irrespective of their club allegiance held their collective breath when Saints champion Nick Reiwoldt went down early in the last quarter with what appeared to be a season if not career ending injury but later scans thankfully showed no structural damage.
The final siren brought blessed relief to long suffering Melbourne supporters with the team running out 18.12 (120) to 13.12 (90) winners.
We need to back up this effort against Carlton in our next game at the "G" on Sunday 2/4/17 at 1.20WST.
The Western Demons will hold a TV function at the home of the mighty Dee's,  "The Paddington Hotel at 141 Scarborough Beach Road Mt Hawthorn. Jugs are available at $15 and cocktails at $10 for all Western Demon members and mouth watering meals at great prices are also available..
We look forward to an ocean of red and blue at the Paddo next Sunday as the boys strive to notch win number two and advise all Melbourne supporters that the club has its very own radio show, "The Dee Team" at 6.00pm on 91.3fm Tuesdays. Tune in to keep apprised of all that is happening at the club and with The Western Demons.
See you at the "Paddo" next Sunday!!!
Yours DEElightedly,
Ian Mills


On a recent cruise I managed to get the Captain of the Voyager of The Seas to hold up the Dees scarf. Security said he was only taking pictures with passengers who purchased fairly expensive wine packages. I managed to talk him into holding the scarf after a bit of good humoured banter. But wasn't able to get behind the table with him. The first photo I am trying to convince him while the wine buyers waited, he had a bit of a laugh and then said Melbourne!! a lovely place. At least you can see my Western Demons shirt if not much more of me. I think the effort was worth it in the end. Our traveling group said only you would try that Harper.

Cheers Greg


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