2021 AFL preview: Melbourne Demons team guide

Can Melbourne overcome their mental demons this year and shed their flaky reputation?

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The Dees missed the finals last year but were at least an improved outfit from their disastrous 2019. Christian Petracca also had a breakout year as a full-time midfielder. But coach Simon Goodwin will still be under immense pressure this season to continue that improvement.

The Demons will begin the season without new key forward Ben Brown (knee surgery) and Sam Weideman (leg stress fractures), presenting Goodwin with a challenge in attack.

With their midfield stacked with talent and a strong defence, the Dees should be tough to crack this year. However their ability to handle pressure remains an issue.

How to watch Melbourne Demons AFL matches

Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are all options for catching AFL games in 2021. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.

Channel 7 shows between three and five matches per round on its main and 7mate channels. But that leaves a whole heap of matches that can only be accessed with a subscription. That includes Melbourne's season opener against Fremantle, which is not on free-to-air TV outside Western Australia.

Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports have every game of the home and away season live and out of those options, Kayo is the most affordable. A Basic subscription starts from $25 per month for use on two devices. For $10 more per month you get a third screen.

On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 other sports on Kayo. It also has a 14-day free trial for new users and comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.


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Take Kayo Sports' Basic or Premium plan for a spin and stream over 50 sports live completely free for 14 days.

Watch Melbourne Demons matches overseas

If you are out of Australia at any stage during the season, you can still catch the Dees in action. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.

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When do Melbourne Demons play next?

The Demons host Fremantle in round one. The opening bounce is at 1:45pm AEDT on Saturday 20 March. The complete AFL draw is here.

Round Date Match Stadium Opening bounce (AEST) How to watch
Round 1 Saturday, 20 March Melbourne vs Fremantle MCG, VIC 1:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 2 Saturday, 27 March St Kilda vs Melbourne Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 3 Sunday, 4 April GWS Giants vs Melbourne Manuka Oval, ACT 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 4 Sunday, 11 April Melbourne vs Geelong Cats MCG, VIC 4:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 5 Sunday, 18 April Hawthorn vs Melbourne MCG, VIC 4:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 6 Friday, 23 April Melbourne vs Richmond MCG, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 7 Saturday, 1 May North Melbourne vs Melbourne Blundstone Arena, TAS 1:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 8 Saturday, 8 May Melbourne vs Sydney Swans MCG, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 9 Sunday, 16 May Melbourne vs Carlton MCG, VIC 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 10 Saturday, 22 May Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne Adelaide Oval, SA 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 12 Friday, 4 June Melbourne vs Brisbane Lions TIO Stadium, NT 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 13 Monday ,14 June Melbourne vs Collingwood MCG, VIC 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 17 Thursday ,8 July Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons Adelaide Oval, SA 7:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 18 Saturday ,17 July Melbourne Demons v Hawthorn Hawks MCG, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel

Melbourne Demons squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
24 Marcus Adams Defender 37
4 Callum Ah Chee Midfield 45
19 Jacob Allison Midfield 10
31 Harris Andrews Defender 97
43 Noah Answerth Defender 19
33 Zac Bailey Defender, Midfield 27
38 Connor Ballenden Forward 0
7 Jarrod Berry Midfield 57
13 Thomas Berry Forward 0
14 Grant Birchall Defender 248
23 Charlie Cameron Forward 108
3 Allen Christensen Forward 133
18 Keidean Coleman Forward, Midfield 0
20 Cedric Cox Forward 13
41 Matt Eagles Defender 4
28 Cameron Ellis-Yolmen Midfield 39
47 Tom Fullarton Forward 0
27 Darcy Gardiner Defender 106
22 Mitchell Hinge Midfield 2
30 Eric Hipwood Forward 75
32 Tom Joyce Forward, Midfield 0
35 Ryan Lester Defender 126
39 Corey Lyons Midfield 0
17 Jarryd Lyons Midfield 116
42 James Madden Forward, Defender 0
12 Stefan Martin Ruck 182
36 Rhys Mathieson Forward, Midfield 46
11 Lincoln McCarthy Forward 53
6 Hugh McCluggage Midfield 63
26 Connor McFadyen Forward 0
46 Oscar McInerney Forward, Ruck 37
25 Daniel McStay Forward 103
9 Lachie Neale Midfield 159
40 Jack Payne Defender 0
45 Jaxon Prior Defender 0
16 Cameron Rayner Forward 46
10 Daniel Rich Defender 207
2 Deven Robertson Midfield 0
5 Mitch Robinson Midfield 191
21 Sam Skinner Forward 1
44 Archie Smith Ruck 11
1 Brock Smith Defender 0
8 Ely Smith Forward, Midfield 0
37 Brandon Starcevich Defender, Midfield 5
29 Alex Witherden Defender 53
34 Toby Wooller Forward, Midfield 0
15 Dayne Zorko Midfield 168

Melbourne Demons history

It would be somewhat hard for more recent AFL fans to believe Melbourne were once a force in Australian football. That is because the last of their 12 premierships came way back in 1964.

Names like Ron Barassi, Robert Flower, Norm Smith and Jim Stynes once donned the Demons strip and are among the players on their Team of the Century.

Since losing the grand final to Essendon in 2000, Melbourne have reached the finals just 5 times in 20 seasons and had 7 different coaches. Last season they narrowly missed the finals, finishing in ninth spot with a 9-8 record.

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