The Melbourne Football Club boasts a legacy as rich as any sporting organisation on the planet. Founded in May 1859, it is the world’s oldest professional football club of any variety.
After snapping a 57-year premiership drought in 2021, the Demons are looking as dangerous ever. With Max Gawn leading a star-studded team that includes the likes of Christian Petracca and Clayton Oliver in midfield, Steven May and Jake Lever in defence, and Bayley Fritsch and Kysaiah Pickett up forward, there is no telling what Melbourne could achieve in the next few years.
Can the Dees back it up and win the 2022 AFL Premiership? Let’s find out.
About the Melbourne Football Club
|Home ground:||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Premierships:||13 – 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 2021|
|2021 ladder finish:||PREMIERS – 1st (17-4-1)|
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Updated Melbourne futures odds
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|2022 Premiership||To Make GF||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$4||$2.25||C Petracca $6||J Bowey $15||B Brown $9|
|Apr||$4||$2.30||C Petracca $5.50||J Bowey $11||B Brown $13|
|May||$2.75||$1.75||C Petracca $7||J Bowey $15||B Fritsch $15|
Best Melbourne bets for the 2022 AFL season
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- Barring a horror run with injury, it is hard to see how the Demons won’t be there or thereabouts again in 2022. Their squad is deep, their top-end talent is as good as anyone’s, and it’ll take a very good team to knock them off this year.
- Melbourne look odds-on to finish in the top four again, and that is reflected in their very short price in the preseason futures markets ($1.36 at Sportsbet). If you want value, there are far better bets out there.
- Having run third in the 2020 Brownlow Medal after a breakout year, somehow Christian Petracca managed only ninth place with 23 votes in 2021. Meanwhile, Clayton Oliver polled 31 votes and din’t even finish in the top two. Max Gawn is another Melbourne star with some form in the Brownlow count. Perhaps the Demons have too many standout players taking votes off each other?
Melbourne 2022 AFL fixture
|1||Western Bulldogs||MCG||Wednesday, March 16||7:20pm|
|2||Gold Coast Suns||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, March 26||8pm|
|3||Essendon Bombers||MCG||Friday, April 1||7:20pm|
|4||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Thursday, April 7||7:40pm|
|5||GWS Giants||MCG||Saturday, April 16||7:25pm|
|6||Richmond Tigers||MCG||Sunday, April 24||7:25pm|
|7||Hawthorn Hawks||MCG||Saturday, April 30||4:35pm|
|8||St Kilda Saints||MCG||Sunday, May 8||1:10pm|
|9||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||Sunday, May 15||3:20pm|
|10||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|16||Adelaide Crows||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
|17||Geelong Cats||GMHBA Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|18||Port Adelaide Power||TIO Traeger Park||TBC||TBC|
|19||Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|20||Fremantle Dockers||Optus Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|23||Brisbane Lions||The Gabba||TBC||TBC|
Demons players to watch in 2022
Prior to the 2020 season, we talked about Christian Petracca as a talented but frustrating half-forward who might be running out of chances. Two years on, he is a Norm Smith Medallist and one of the league’s most damaging midfielders. Petracca might be the no.1 player in the AFL right now.
We saw glimpses of Kysaiah Pickett’s ability in 2020, but last year he exploded with 40 goals in a premiership-winning team. If ‘Kozzy’ continues to improve over the course of the 2022 season, he could finish the year as one of the top small forwards in the game.
The year 2021 was full of highlights for the Dees, but the development of Luke Jackson ranks right up there. By the end of the season, the no.3 draft pick from 2019 had established himself as one of the most exciting young players in the AFL. Melbourne could hardly have dreamed up a better understudy to Max Gawn.
Melbourne records, stats and history
- Most matches: 306 – David Neitz (1993-2008)
Most career goals: 631 – David Neitz
Most goals in a season: 97 – Fred Fanning (1947)
Most goals in a match: 18 – Fred Fanning (vs. St Kilda, 1947)
Best and fairest awards: Four – Allan La Fontaine (1935, 1936, 1941-42) and Jim Stynes (1991, 1995-97)
- Most wins in a season: 16 (1958 and 1990)
Most consecutive wins: 19 (1955-56)
Highest score in a match: 28.14.182 (vs. North Melbourne, 1986 and 1991)
Highest winning margin: 141 (vs. Hawthorn, 1926)
Highest home attendance: 99,256 (vs. Collingwood, 1958)
- Without the Melbourne Football Club, there is no Australian rules football.
The team’s origins can be traced back to 1858, when a group led by Victoria’s cricket captain, Tom Wills, published a letter calling for the codification of a new sport to keep players fit during the winter months. Meetings held at Parade Hotel the following May spawned ‘The Rules of the Melbourne Football Club’ – and so both MFC and Aussie rules were born.
While the Redlegs were the driving force behind footy’s early development, on-field success was scarce. They failed to win a VFA Premiership despite reaching the grand final four times and managed only a single VFL flag (1900) before the outbreak of World War I.
It was not until World War II that Melbourne became a true powerhouse of the competition. Frank ‘Checker’ Hughes coached the team to four premierships between 1933 and 1948, including three on the bounce from ’39 to ’41. Hughes is also widely credited with rebranding the club as the Demons.
The following two decades were even more glorious. Four-time premiership star Norm Smith was installed as coach in 1952 and Ron Barassi made his debut a year later. That pairing would lead Melbourne to six flags, including an astonishing run of five in six years from 1955 to 1960.
Everything changed in 1964. Shortly after helping the Dees to their 12th VFL title, Barassi left to take over as captain-coach at Carlton. Frictions between Smith and the Melbourne board – much of which had to do with Barassi’s departure – led to the superstar coach’s sensational axing during the ’65 season.
So came about the ‘Curse of the Red Fox’. After 1964, the Dees went the better part of six decades without winning a flag, reaching the big dance only twice – 1988 and 2000 – in that time. A massive overhaul starting in 2013 led to two critical appointments: Paul Roos as coach and Simon Goodwin as his assistant. Roos manned the helm while the Dees rebuilt their culture from the ground up, stepping aside in 2017 and handing the reins to Goodwin. Four years later, the club broke its premiership drought with a resounding win over the Western Bulldogs.