Melbourne Demons

Lot to like about Demons' first-up effort

Brad Elborough 4:20 PM   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

Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers juggles a mark.

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

AFL Sherrin

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.

Bomber top-ups land for training

The Age, Sport, picture by Justin McManus. 25/02/2015. Essendon Top players at training for the Nab Challenge. Former Melbourne player James Magner and former Bribane Lion Sam Michael

Rohan Connolly   Six of Essendon's top-up players for the NAB Challenge pre-season series had their first training run with their new club on Wednesday night.

Why the AFL needs a bigger, better year

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly   Football finally kicks off for 2015 on Thursday night, and the AFL may need a bigger and better year than it has known.

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Hoping for Hogan heroics

Holding on: The Demons' Dean Kent is tackled at the AFL Intra-Club match at Casey Fields on Thursday.

Larissa Nicholson   Jesse Hogan played strong football at club practice match on Thursday, fuelling Melbourne fans' hopes of a better year.

Hoping for Hogan heroics

Holding on: The Demons' Dean Kent is tackled at the AFL Intra-Club match at Casey Fields on Thursday.

Larissa Nicolson   Jesse Hogan played strong football at club practice match on Thursday, fuelling Melbourne fans' hopes of a better year.

Petracca out for season after rupturing his ACL

Christian Petracca injured his knee at training and will miss the 2015 season.

Jon Pierik   Christian Petracca will miss the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at training.

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Hawk star Birchall winged

Birchall suffered a medial injury in a tackling drill last week and is unlikely to play in the NAB Cup.

Michael Gleeson   Star Hawthorn premiership defender Grant Birchall has suffered a knee injury that will disrupt his pre-season but should not prevent him lining up in round one against Geelong.

Scoring on the wane but don't worry, says Hodge

Luke Hodge celebrates a goal with Isaac Smith duuring last year's grand final.

Jon Pierik   Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has brushed aside concerns about a drop in scoring across the league, reminding supporters that the game quickly evolves.

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Father-son plan too complicated, says Demons coach Roos

Todd Viney's son Jack is now an important member of Melbourne's midfield. The two are pictured in 2010.

Jon Pierik   Melbourne coach Paul Roos says it's time to revert to the original father-son system, that the plan to introduce a new bidding structure is almost discouraging what was one of the charms of the game.

Top draftees shedding, not gaining, kilos

Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw.

Jake NIall   While first year players typically need to add bulk to skinny frames, Melbourne's prized early draft picks, Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw have both shed kilograms in preparation for their debut seasons with the Demons.

Demons plan to return to finals in 2016

AFL Melbourne v Hawthorn at the MCG.Melbourne ceo Peter Jackson. 2nd of June 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Jon Pierik   Tired of troubles on and off the field, Melbourne has unveiled a three-year blueprint detailing how the Demons want to return to the finals next year and reconnect with their heartland.

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Trengove makes progress in AFL rehab

Waiting: Jack Trengove (left) with Jack Grimes last season.

Former Melbourne captain Jack Trengove has made encouraging progress as he slowly recovers from the foot injury that has put his AFL career on hold.

Lumumba added to new-look Demons leadership group

Stand-alone skipper Nathan Jones.

Jon Pierik   Melbourne captain Nathan Jones has declared it's time for the Demons to again become a "great club".

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