Melbourne Demons

CEO urges Demons to shed pessimistic streak

Daniel Cherny   Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson has urged all those involved with the club to shed the sense of pessimism that has often gripped the Demons.

Melbourne triple premiership player Geoff Tunbridge dies at 82

Dynamic Demons: (From left) Don Williams, Bob Johnson, Geoff Tunbridge and John Beckwith in 1958.

Ronny Lerner   Melbourne are mourning the passing of triple-premiership player Geoff Tunbridge, who died on Monday night. He was 82.

Hird prepares to field Bombers' 'best' team

James Hird talks to assistant coach Matthew Egan as he leaves the coaches box during a break in the game.

Jon Pierik   As their date with the AFL's anti-doping tribunal nears, Essendon coach James Hird is still preparing for the Bombers to field their "best" team for the season opener against Sydney.

Bombers score first win of pre-season

Melbourne’s Jeff Garlett, who booted four goals, sprints past Mark Baguley.

Jon Pierik   They may have had only seven of their best 22 players on the field but Essendon's poise was pivotal as they claimed a shock two-point win over Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

Live NAB Challenge: Melbourne v Essendon

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Follow all the pre-season action live from Etihad Stadium as the Bombers face the Dees.

umumba approached AFL over potential exposure to cannabis

Heritier Lumumba.

Melbourne recruit Heritier Lumumba reportedly sought a special ruling from the AFL in 2012-13 over his potential exposure to cannabis.

Cotchin returns to lift Tigers

Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin.

Ronny Lerner   Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has shrugged off a hamstring complaint to be fit for the Tigers' final practice match against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Eye-catching Demons see off Bulldog pups

Nathan Jones is tackled by Bulldog Jake Stringer.

Peter Hanlon   The Western Bulldogs intend to play games at Ballarat's Eureka Stadium for premiership points from as early as 2017, and for much of Saturday afternoon there was a sense that if their pre-season game against Melbourne was still going they might actually have got their hands on the ball by then.

AFL backed Goodwin for Demons

Paul Roos.

Caroline Wilson   The Melbourne Football Club sought assurances from the AFL before it employed Simon Goodwin to become Paul Roos' successor.

AFL footy closer to reality for Wagner

Johann Wagner.

Ronny Lerner   Johann Wagner, winner of AFL reality TV show 'The Recruit', is on track to play his first official match after being named in Port Adelaide’s 29-man NAB Challenge squad on Thursday.

Hogan's foot gets all-clear

Ronny Lerner   Melbourne are breathing a collective sigh of relief after scans cleared boom youngster Jesse Hogan of a foot injury.

Melbourne great wants AFL to focus on South Africa

Brian Dixon.

Jon Pierik   Former Victorian sports minister, and Melbourne great, Brian Dixon has approached the AFL in a bid to intensify the league's international aspirations.

Lot to like about Demons' first-up effort

Paul Roos.

Brad Elborough   Pre-season is pre-season, but even so, there was a lot to like about Melbourne's efforts against Fremantle in their NAB Challenge game on Thursday night.

Young forwards give fans a glimpse of the future

Docker Matthew Pavlich

Brad Elborough   The AFL public should be excited about a couple of young forward emerging through the ranks.

Howe about we talk later, says Demons high-flyer

Jeremy Howe, the 24-year-old Tasmanian, is not a free agent at year's end and so any move to another club would require a trade.

Michael Gleeson   High-flying Melbourne flanker Jeremy Howe has put off talks on a new contract with the Demons until the end of the year.

Another Roos turns to coaching with playing in mind

Class is in: Harley Balic (far right), Tom Wilkinson and Tyler Roos.

Peter Hanlon   Asked whether they'd given much thought to becoming football coaches, Tom Wilkinson and Harley Balic both turn to the teammate sitting between them. "Tyler's probably the biggest candidate here," Wilkinson says.

Ex-Ainslie star earns Demons call-up

Former Ainslie player Aaron Vandenberg was selected by Melbourne as a rookie last year.

David Polkinghorne   Melbourne has named former Ainslie midfielder Aaron Vandenberg for their pre-season opener against Fremantle

Hogan ready and here to stay in 2015

Jesse Hogan (right) during a training session on Tuesday.

Matt Murnane   Catching glimpses of Jesse Hogan's talent in pre-season matches only has tested Melbourne fans for two years, but coach Paul Roos thinks the gifted key forward will look back at the stalled start to his career as a "blessing in disguise".

Demons name seven new faces in NAB Challenge squad

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Ronny Lerner   Melbourne has named no fewer than seven new faces in a 29-man squad ahead of its first practice match for the year against the Dockers at Fremantle Oval on Thursday night.

Roos backs AFL's NAB Challenge preparation

Paul Roos.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos has backed the current AFL pre-season format despite the long-term injuries that occurred in the first round of the NAB Challenge.