“It’s been a pretty devastating couple of weeks for the football team. It’s disappointing, it really is. We should have been able to use our momentum in both games to be able to win one.
“I’m sure I’ll be able to take a positive [from the season] at some point, but, right now, and most likely in the next 12 weeks, it’s pretty bad. “
Vice Captain Jack Viney said the Demons were “stinging” after what was a “rather disappointing” effort.
Melbourne have a lot to think about during the exchange period and until the summer: their frontline was dysfunctional and their midfield lacked enthusiasm in the critical stages against the Lions. When the Demons weren’t able to bounce off the half, they lacked a consistent style of play, with disciplined Lions trying to avoid defensive pillars Steven May and Jake Lever.
“We want to make the MCG a fortress.”
“We still worked incredibly hard, but when the push came and the pressure was right, our fundamentals were a little off and the other teams were a little bit cleaner,” Gawn said.
“It is extremely disappointing. We want to make a fortress out of the MCG. “
The Demons have won their first 10 games of the season, but then lost eight of their last 14 games, including both games in September. Injuries didn’t help, but Christian Petracca still had 27 touches, including five removed, despite a hairline fracture and cork that caused him to limp during Friday night’s defeat.
They started well against Lions but conceded 11 goals after half-time.
Coach Simon Goodwin said the Demons had a lot to discuss.
“The result is devastating. There is no doubt about it. I can only imagine our supporters and how they would feel. Our players and staff all feel exactly the same, “said Goodwin.
“Clearly, to give up 70 points in the second half … you have to give Brisbane credit. The game has gone back a bit. We haven’t been able to run the basics of the game long enough in the stages we really enjoy.
“We talk about it a lot. Ultimately, your vulnerabilities generally emerge in games, and we had a few during the second half of the year. When we lost the footy matches, the teams were able to have an impact in the second half of the matches and reduce leads. “
The Demons now await a response from the young striker Luke Jackson, because he was being chased by Fremantle.
“We’re going to have those conversations with Luke during the week,” Goodwin said.
“We said we would give him as much time as possible before he made a decision. I am sure that in the next few days we will find out and then you will find out “.
They also have to decide whether to hire Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy, while it is speculated that Kysaiah Pickett may seek a trade.
Brownlow moved to avoid confrontation with Queen’s funeral
The Brownlow Medal ceremony has been rescheduled from the traditional Monday night before the grand finale to avoid a clash with Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
The AFL’s biggest night of the year was to be held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on September 19th. But CEO Gillon McLachlan confirmed that the league will stage it instead on Sunday, Sept. 18, out of respect for the late queen.
The funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II has not been confirmed, but will almost certainly take place on September 19.
The move is not unprecedented. The AFL rescheduled a qualifying final in 1997, so it didn’t collide with Princess Diana’s funeral.
“Over the past two years we have practiced a lot of being agile when needed and I want to thank Seven Network, Crown Melbourne and all of our partners for being so accommodating with this decision,” McLachlan said.
“It’s the right one and we are incredibly happy to have their support.
“We look forward to celebrating the medal counting accordingly on Sunday evening.”
Brisbane Lions star Lachie Neale, young Fremantle gunslinger Andrew Brayshaw and Melbourne premiership hero Clayton Oliver are the main contenders for the AFL’s highest individual accolade.
Leon Cameron tells Essendon that the timing is wrong
Former Greater Western Sydney manager Leon Cameron has officially removed himself from Essendon’s search for a new senior manager.
Cameron said the timing was wrong and he wasn’t fully committed to an interstate transfer.
Instead, he will remain in NSW and has been introduced as technical director at Sydney Swans Academy.
Cameron, who led the Giants to the 2019 final, said the way Essendon sought out a manager to replace Ben Rutten had no bearing on his decision.
“I absolutely love coaching,” said Cameron, who has had a win rate of more than 50% in 193 games as a GWS manager. “But you can’t only work halfway at any level. I just kept looking at myself and said, ‘I’m not ready, I’m not ready. I need to reflect. ‘ I love football and coaching, but I can’t enter 95%.
Cameron, 50, told SEN on Saturday that he informed Essendon, via their football manager Josh Mahoney, later this week that he would be staying in Sydney.
“I spoke to Josh on Thursday or Friday … and I just informed him that I would be staying in Sydney and thanked him for the opportunity to speak, the timing was not right,” Cameron said. “One part of your brain wants to throw the hat in the ring, but then the other half doesn’t, I have family commitments here.
“I think [Essendon] they are doing everything right. [The interview process] it had no influence on my decision. If I’m ready in 12 months, I’m full. If this means that I start from the first step, then I start from the first ”.
Mario Bortolotto, a Premiership Dual Carlton player, has died
Former Carlton defender Mario Bortolotto, who played 30 games for the Blues, has died, including consecutive premierships in 1981 and 82. He was 65 years old.
Bortolotto, who died at St Vincent’s Hospital after a short illness, also played 14 games for Geelong in 1979 and 1980.
Wearing the number 6, he made his debut for the Blues in the first round, 1981, the same day future stars Ken Hunter and Peter Bosustow first came out.
In a short but memorable spell at Princes Park, Bortolotto played in the ’81 and ’82 premierships under the guidance of coach David Parkin. He did not leave the bench in the clash against Collingwood, earning Parkin’s apology, but he was a key figure a year later against Richmond, when he was a surprise selection over David Cloke, forward and captain of the Tigers.
Bortolotto also played in the 1983 pre-season premiership, but his last game for the club was against North Melbourne that same year, a two-game ban meant he missed the finals.
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