Melbourne 2019 – Fearless Predictions

What should we expect from the Dees in 2019? Redda tries to answer the question with his Fearless Predictions for their season ahead.

2018 in a Nutshell

The Dees finally delivered on expectation in 2018 finishing one win outside the Top Four, then making it to the preliminary final eventually losing to the premiers West Coast over in Perth. The Dees are stacked with talent on every line, they have the experience under their belts, their premiership window is well and truly ajar.


2019 Playing List

Best 22

FB – Jetta – May – Kolodjashnij

HB – Lewis- Lever – Hibberd

C –  Brayshaw –  Oliver – Salem

R – Gawn – Viney – Neal-Bullen

HF – Petracca – T McDonald – Melksham

F – Fritsch – Weideman – Hannan

B – Frost, Jones, Harmes, VandenBerg

Emg – Preuss, Garlett, Spargo,

Ins & Outs:

Trade in

Steven May

Kade Kolodjashnij

Braydon Preuss

Trade out

Jesse Hogan

Dom Tyson

Dean Kent

Draft

Pick 27 – Tom Sparrow

Pick 33 – James Jordan

Pick 53 – Aaron Nietschke

Pick 56 – Marty Hore

Pick 75 – Toby Bedford

Retired
Harley Balic
Bernie Vince

Delisted
Tomas Bugg
Lochie Filopovic (rookie)
Dion Johnstone
Mitch King
Pat McKenna
Cam Pedersen


Five Fearless Predictions

Twin Towers?

Many were left scratching their heads when Braydon Preuss, widely considered the best back up ruck in the competition, made the decision to join Melbourne and play with Max Gawn. Gawn is only 27 and been one of the best ruckmen over the last 4 years, so Goodwin must have sold Preuss on a two ruck game plan. It is hard to see this working as Gawn is so effective using his elite tank to ruck 95% of the time and Preuss is largely unproven as a forward.

Prediction – Goodwin may experiment with two rucks, but by round 4 Preuss will be back in the VFL.


Clayton Oliver Big Year?  

It is hard to believe that Clayton Oliver is only just starting his fourth season, as he is already one of the elite midfielders of the competition. He has an unbelievable ability to clear the ball with a combination of strength and creative hands. He has had a restricted preseason, yet has the skillset to catch the eye of the umps. Melbourne will win a lot of games in 2019 which generally attracts votes.

Prediction – Oliver will win the Brownlow


How much petrol is left in Jones Tank? 

Jones has been the warrior that the Dees the needed to get them through the tough times. It did not matter how bad things got, he was the one player that never lower his colours and continued to get the best out of himself. Neeld overlooked him for captaincy favouring the younger Jack Trengove and Jack Grimes, both now out of the AFL, but Jones is not the sort of player to drop his head and complain, he stuck with it improved himself further, took the captaincy and lead the Dees back to the finals. Now they are poised to make a serious push for a premiership and after 264 games and at 31 years of age Jones is slowing down, despite playing all 25 games last year I fear Goodwin may be faced with the heart-breaking decision of leaving Jones out of the side for finals push.

Prediction – Jones to fall outside of the best 22


Premiership Contenders

If the last three finals campaigns have taught us anything, it’s that the premiers can come from anywhere. Why not the Demons? On paper they compare favourably to most clubs, they have the star power in Gawn, Tom McDonald, May, Oliver, Brayshaw, Viney, Petracca, Lever and Jetta. The quality role players in Hibberd, Melksham, Salem, Weideman, Neal-Bullen, Kolodjashnij. All of which are in or soon to be hitting the peak of their careers. The time is now to get a discount lodge at Mt Buller because the Dees fans will be watching this season with much anticipation.

Prediction – Melbourne will win the premiership.


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