Melbourne Demons

Watts dropped again

Daniel Cherny 6:47 PM   Jack Watts will head into the off-season on the outer at Melbourne after the forward was dropped for the Demons' final game of the season against Greater Western Sydney.

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Why Hogan edges out Cripps in battle of rising stars

It's a joy to see Jesse Hogan fly the flag for the dominant key forward, with presence and swagger.

Garry Lyon 6:35 PM   In a round of football where it is increasingly difficult to find a game of football that genuinely resembles a meaningful contest, it is only appropriate that we focus on a contest that promises to be fought, ferociously, right to the final seconds of one of the final game of the AFL season.

Jeremy Howe's future still a mystery to Demons

Jeremy Howe.

Jon Pierik 5:09 PM   Melbourne defender Colin Garland is expected to sign a new contract soon but the Demons remain uncertain about the future of Jeremy Howe.

AFL crackdown on Rising Star betting

Lewis Taylor edged Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli by one vote to claim the prestigious award last year.

Jon Pierik 4:33 PM   The AFL has moved to tighten confidentiality over the Rising Star award by revealing betting will close on Tuesday night.

Melbourne's season in review

Jeremy Howe and Jeff Garlett have been shining lights  for the Demons.

Matt Murnane 1:26 PM   Next season will be a crucial year for the coaching succession plan.

Is your AFL club 'relevant'? We have the answer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23:  Demons head coach Paul Roos speaks to his players during the round 21 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik   When it comes to supporters of the traditionally big Melbourne clubs, it seems regardless of on-field performance, they are guaranteed strong support, television audiences and social-media engagement.

Cross to retire just shy of 250 AFL matches

Retiring Demon Daniel Cross.

Veteran Daniel Cross has opted to retire after Melbourne decided not to offer the 249-game player a new contract.

Roos heralds more on-field changes at Demons

Melbourne coach Paul Roos and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon exchange views on SUnday.

Brad Elborough   Melbourne coach Paul Roos has warned club supporters of even more changes to on-field personnel over the off-season.

Fremantle to rest players for round 23 clash

Melbourne coach Paul Roos and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon exchange views on SUnday.

Brad Elborough   A below-strength Fremantle team will meet Port Adelaide in their round 23 clash at Adelaide Oval next Sunday.

Dockers thump Demons to seal top spot

Home and dry: Lachie Neale of the Dockers kicks for goal.

Brad Elborough   Fremantle finally have some silverware to put in their trophy cabinet after locking up the minor premiership with a 54-point demolition of Melbourne in Sunday's AFL clash at Domain Stadium.

Swans show they are a flag contender

Isacc Heeney of the Swans collides into Sam Fisher of the Saints during the round 22 match on Sunday.

Matt Murnane   Swans show they are a true premiership contender with a big win over the Saints.

Former Demons boss questions 'modest' expectations

Paul Gardner

Jon Pierik   Former Melbourne president Paul Gardner has questioned whether the players are listening to coach Paul Roos and says the club's aim for seven wins this season was a "modest" objective.

Negativity comes from fans, not club: Roos

Unbelievably disappointing: Demons head coach Paul Roos walks off after speaking to his players.

Caroline Wilson   Paul Roos has offered to address his colleagues at Melbourne to reassure them his attack on the "very negative environment" around the club was not aimed at them.

Roos' coaching style 'outdated'

Unbelievably disappointing: Demons head coach Paul Roos walks off after speaking to his players.

Matt Murnane   Under-siege Melbourne should give coach-in-waiting Simon Goodwin far greater control over the team's game style next season, leading analyst Matthew Lloyd has urged.

Dees chief questions attitude of players

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik   Melbourne president Glen Bartlett has questioned the attitude of his players in a roller-coaster season which has been "really frustrating" but insists the club is on the right path towards playing in the finals next year.

Cripps stars as Blues down Demons

Patrick Cripps of the Blues gets away from Nathan Jones of the Demons.

Matt Murnane   The main storyline going into this otherwise meaningless match – in terms of positions at the business end of the ladder – was the battle of the two favourites for this year's Rising Star award.

Roos fed up after Dees miss out on win again

Unbelievably disappointing: Demons head coach Paul Roos walks off after speaking to his players.

Matt Murnane   Melbourne's future under coach Paul Roos is set to come under more scrutiny this week after the Demons managed just seven goals in another insipid display against bottom-placed Carlton at the MCG.

Demons waiting on uncontracted Garland, Howe

Industry sources suggest Jeremy Howe could command about $500,000, as he can play forward, through the midfield and in defence,

Jon Pierik   Melbourne defender Jeremy Howe will begin assessing in a fortnight whether he wants to remain at the club next season, while the Demons are confident of retaining Colin Garland.

Henderson criticism unfair, says AFLPA

Not happy: AFL boss Gillon McLachlan was critical of Lachie Henderson's declaration.

Samantha Lane and Daniel Cherny   Gillon McLachlan's extraordinary criticism of former Carlton footballer Lachie Henderson has drawn a disdainful rebuttal from the AFL Players Association.

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More watched women's footy on TV than Bombers' demise

Tayla Harris of the Demons celebrates a goal during a Women's AFL exhibition match between Western Bulldogs and Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Roy Ward   The AFL and Seven will discuss showing more live women's AFL games in 2016 after a ratings success on Sunday, despite the players being booted off the ground early so the men could come out on time.

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