AFL JLT Series Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Melbourne Demons Streaming Free 2018 AFL Pre Seasons match will be kick off at Kingston Twin Ovals Stadium, Tasmania, Australia, Saturday 24 February 2018 online, 14:05 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
During the dark days covering most of the past 12 years the hierarchy at the Melbourne Football Club preferred the historic club was referred to simply as Melbourne, not the Demons.
No one bothered to ask why because the reason seemed simple. They have been anything but Demons. More like easy beats, with not one finish above 11th until last year’s rally when they finished ninth, less than half a percentage point away from West Coast and a first finals appearance since 2006.
But 2018 looms as the year the Demons can finally live up to their nickname again by bouncing back as not only genuine finalists, but a legitimate premiership contender.
Long-suffering Melbourne fans deserve better but also spare a thought for co-captain Nathan Jones who will hit his 250-game milestone halfway through the year, but has never faced the challenge of another finals series since his debut season as an 18-year-old 12 years ago. After playing in a winning elimination final against St Kilda in just his seventh game, he’s not experienced anything similar since.
No one has bled more for their club than the diminutive but hard-as-nails Jones and he too deserves more. Just how far the Demons have fallen off the pace is best indicated by the damning statistic that since the start of 2009, only two of 18 clubs have not participated in September action — Melbourne and Gold Coast.
Melbourne start their new era in earnest today in Tasmania in the first practice game of the JLT Community series against North Melbourne.
They have not won a flag under 17 senior coaches since 1964, which is a remarkable under achievement considering that was their sixth premiership during a golden decade as the undisputed champions of Australian football.
B: M.Williams, R.Tarrant, R.Clarke
HB: J.Macmillan, S.Thompson, S.Atley
C: T.Dumont, B.Cunnington, B.Jacobs
HF: B.Hartung, J.Waite, L.McDonald
F: N.Hrovat, B.Brown, K.Turner
Foll: T.Goldstein, S.Higgins, J.Ziebell
I/C: P.Ahern, M.Daw, L.Davies-Uniacke, S.Durdin, M.Hibberd, N.Larkey, B.McKay, A.Morgan 21, G.Narrier, E.Vickers-Willis, J.Williams, C.Zurhaar
B: J.Wagner, O.McDonald, J.Lewis
HB: J.Lever, M.Hibberd, B.Vince
C: J.Hunt, J.Harmes, B.Stretch
HF: C.Oliver, T.McDonald, N.Jones
F: C.Petracca, J.Hogan, M.Hannan
Foll: M.Gawn, J.Melksham, A.Neal-Bullen
I/C: D.Keilty, C.Salem, H.Balic, A.Brayshaw, T.Bugg, H.Petty, B.Fritsch, S.Frost, J.Kennedy Harris, C.Maynard, T.Smith, C.Pedersen