Melbourne Demons

Crunch time for Collingwood and Melbourne

Garry Lyon

Garry Lyon 1:13 PM   Collingwood and Melbourne supporters head to the MCG on Saturday afternoon accompanied by a scary sense of déjà vu. 

Saints too hungry for sloppy Demons

The Saints sing the song.

Michael Gleeson   It was not pretty, but it was the cleaner side that won when the Saints downed Melbourne by 37 points in the cold and wet at the MCG.

Saints have improved on last year - Richardson

David Armitage of the Saints tackles Dom Tyson of the Demons.

Michael Gleeson   St Kilda had now "probably" surpassed internal pre-season expectations after their comprehensive defeat of Melbourne, coach Alan Richardson said after the Saints solid win over Melbourne in the wet at the MCG.

Viney learning to find his way in game he loves

Evolving: Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney.

Emma Quayle   Jack Viney had been waiting, waiting, waiting. Not all that patiently, either. By the time he got to play his first game for Melbourne he had been around the club for more than two years as a father-son player in waiting.

Melbourne better placed for future title run than St Kilda

Jake Niall

Jake Niall   Whatever happens at the MCG late Sunday afternoon, the Demons hold a small, yet clear lead over the Saints in terms of developing a team that could eventually ascend to heaven on the G in late September.

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End of an era for footy at the Junction Oval

Fred Fanning,

Rohan Connolly   It's been more than 30 years since league football was last played at the Junction Oval. But the game itself has maintained a presence at the ground and in the hearts of many football fans.

Demons pass 2014 mark by notching fifth win

Demon Jesse Hogan celebrates a goal against Brisbane at the MCG

Emma Quayle   Melbourne has recorded its fifth win for the season, a milestone coach Paul Roos considers an important step in his side's development given where it has come from in recent years.

Demons do enough to win against Lions

Jack Viney did some heavy lifting at the stoppages.

Emma Quayle   An impressive first-half display from Melbourne set up their 24-point win over Brisbane at the MCG on Sunday.

The power of change: a good thing that's too often resisted

Garry Lyon

Garry Lyon   There is so much to look forward to on Saturday afternoon, when the Dogs take on the Cats at Simonds Stadium.

High flying Pie grounded for at least two

Jamie Elliott.

Michael Gleeson   Jamie Elliott will miss at least two games possibly more from the stress reaction which flared in his back this week.

AFL, review panel admit Schulz blunder

Jay Schulz laid this tackle on Ted Richards.

Jesse Hogan   The AFL and the match review panel have admitted they blundered in not charging Jay Schulz for his tackle that inadvertently knocked out Sydney's Ted Richards, and have vowed stronger action in future to protect players whose arms are pinned in tackles.

Fyfe on brink of Brownlow-ending ban

Nat Fyfe collides with Taylor Duryea during Sunday's match.

Jesse Hogan   Brownlow Medal favourite Nat Fyfe will walk a disciplinary tightrope for the rest of the year.

Coaches' contracts too easily broken: Roos

Paul Roos says something needs to be done to discourage harsh axings.

Jon Pierik   Melbourne mentor Paul Roos has bemoaned what he believes is a lack of respect shown to the sanctity of coaching contracts in the AFL.

Selwood gets one, Fyfe cleared

Joel Selwood

Geelong skipper Joel Selwood has been slapped with a one-match AFL ban for his chicken-wing tackle on North Melbourne's Sam Wright.

Brave Bombers see off late Demons charge

Joe Daniher celebrates his fourth goal with Michael Hurley.

Rohan Connolly   ​Joe Daniher kicked five goals as Essendon shrugged off a horror week to edge Melbourne by nine points at the MCG on Saturday.

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Live: Saturday night footy

Roos v Cats

Scott Spits and Lee Crossley   There are four AFL games on Saturday, culminating with the North Melbourne-Geelong clash and, in what shapes as an emotional night in Perth, West Coast host Adelaide.

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Honesty session helps Bombers regain their fight

Victorious: Essendon players in the rooms after their narrow win over Melbourne on Saturday.

Jon Pierik   Stung by a terrible loss last weekend, Essendon coach James Hird says a forthright meeting with his players went some way to clearing the air but importantly allowed them to re-commit to the task of playing good football.

Tax 'tough to swallow': Dons chief

Paul Little and Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell arrive for the AGM in Melbourne on Monday.

Daniel Cherny   Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell says the financial impact of the AFL's revenue-sharing measures has been "a difficult one" for the Bombers to swallow.

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Demons favourites? You would get long odds about that

Jack Viney and the Demons celebrate a win over Essendon in round 13 last season.

Garry Lyon   Melbourne enter uncharted waters on Saturday afternoon when they take on Essendon at the MCG.

Demons must respond against Dons: Roos

Paul Roos.

Melbourne are the bookmakers' favourites for their clash against Essendon but Paul Roos isn't sure why.