Melbourne Demons

Selection showdown looming between Adam Goodes and Isaac Heeney

Tom Decent 11:18 PM   Sydney coach John Longmire has a tough decision on his hands this week as he ponders whether to select 18-year-old midfielder Isaac Heeney or Swans legend and 354-game veteran Adam Goodes. 

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Demons take step backwards against Dockers

Melbourne's Lynden Dunn is challenged by Fremantle's Matthew at the MCG on Sunday.

Matt Murnane   Melbourne coach Paul Roos said his team took a step backwards at the MCG on Sunday due to a lack of depth, poor execution under pressure and, at times, selfishness.

Dockers dismantle Demons in MCG rout

Beyond reach: Fremantle's Nat Fyfe has his own way.

Matt Murnane   Methodical Dockers maintain perfect season, taking apart Melbourne to record their fifth straight win.

Live: Melbourne v Fremantle

Jack Watts.

Melbourne host the undefeated Dockers to kick off Sunday footy for round five.

Watts has time to change perceptions, says Lyon

Jack Watts handballs between Nick Vlastuin of the Tigers (left) and Taylor Hunt during the round four match on April 24.

Jon Pierik   He may be the most maligned player in Melbourne's history, but Demons legend Garry Lyon says Jack Watts still has plenty of time to change the public's perception of him.

Historic first: women's AFL to be seen on free-to-air TV

Tayla Harris taking a big grab in 2014.

Samantha Lane   In a momentous sporting first, the Seven Network will broadcast one of the two AFL-sanctioned female curtain-raisers this season, between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs

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Demon Vince prepares for Fyfe tussle

Bernie Vince of the Demons and Patrick Dangerfield of the Crows wrestle on the ground during the match between Melbourne and Adelaide on Saturday.

Melbourne's Bernie Vince isn't short of motivation when it comes to this Sunday's clash with Fremantle.

Roos braces for tough month

Paul Roos talks to the media.

​Melbourne coach Paul Roos is hoping the stirring win over Richmond has given the Demons confidence ahead of a tough month of AFL action.

How Melbourne built Jesse Hogan

Flying start: key forward Jesse Hogan celebrates after kicking a goal.

Emma Quayle   When Jesse Hogan's highly exciting fourth game of AFL football was discussed late last Friday night, one word was used a lot.

Young Demon offers a taste of things to come

Jesse Hogan  congratulated by Tom McDonald after kicking a goal.

Tom Cowie   If the main course is anything like the appetiser young Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan delivered at the MCG on Friday night, Demons fans could be in for a lot of fun over the next decade.

Richie, the freshly minted Demon

Nathan Jones and Aaron Vandenberg of the Demons high-five fans after defeating Richmond on Friday.

Michael Gleeson   Aaron Vandenberg is a large, strong Melbourne midfielder. He has played four games now, but before Friday night you probably had not heard of him. After the way he played against Richmond two things come to mind.

Coach says Tigers' performance was 'insipid'

Demons coach Paul Roos talks to his players during a break in the game.

Tom Cowie   Frustrated Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has put his players on notice after the Tigers' 32-point loss to Melbourne at the MCG on Friday night, describing the performance as "insipid" and questioning their toughness.

Gritty Melbourne charge past Richmond

Team-lifter: Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones celebrates after kicking a vital third-quarter goal.

Michael Gleeson   This was a win for Melbourne that will be deemed an upset, but shouldn't be. This was a loss for Richmond that feels in hindsight painfully predictable.

AFL round four: Richmond v Melbourne

Richmond's Sam Lloyd is tackled by Colin Garland during the first quarter during the ANZAC Day eve match at the MCG.

Lee Crossley   Does this game represent a danger match for Richmond? It's Melbourne's first Friday night game in .... well, a long time.

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We've all felt fear on the footy field, so lay off Watts

Maligned: The Demons' Jack Watts has a point to prove.

Wayne Carey   We all, at some point, get scared on a footy field. Bracing for a collision, flinching or momentarily taking your eyes off the ball, doesn't mean you lack guts.

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What Tigers, Dees need for Anzac eve fixture

Tyrone Vickery at Richmond training this week.

Jake Niall   If enough people want it, Richmond could get a regular fixture with Melbourne on the eve of Anzac Day.

Family man Jetta thriving in Dees' defence

Holding the line: Neville Jetta is thriving in Melbourne's defence.

Jesse Hogan   After coming to the brink of his career ending in 2003, Neville Jetta has transformed himself, in the game and away from it.

Checker's journey from Great War to grand finals

Demon coach Frank 'Checker' Hughes talks to Melbourne players.

Peter Hanlon   Richmond and Melbourne would love to see Frank "Checker" Hughes permanently acknowledged by their Anzac Day eve meeting becoming an annual tribute.

Jesse Hogan has started his career in fine form

Great hope: Jesse Hogan has made a strong start.

Matt Murnane   There are some good judges who believe this year's Rising Star Award is Isaac Heeney's already.

Coach Roos wants 'worst ever' rule axed immediately

Paul Roos wants the sub rule benched.

Jesse Hogan   Paul Roos has damned the sub rule as the worst ever introduced in football and urged the AFL to immediately scrap it and allow teams to play with four on the interchange bench.