03/12/2023

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After a win over Port Adelaide kept Melbourne one game clear on top of the ladder, there is belief building around at the Demons.

The Demons are ticking along nicely after a win over Port Adelaide keeps Simon Goodwin and his side a game clear on top of the AFL ladder.

It was another win against a top 8 side as Melbourne continued on their way winning every matchup against their fellow finals contenders this season

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin was pleased with the confidence that came out of Thursday night’s win against Port Adelaide.

“There’s a lot of belief building in our footy club there is no question about that, our performance last Thursday was certainly one of our better ones for the year,” Goodwin said.

“I think it showed the group again that the things that we’ve instilled in terms of how we want to play and the way we’d like to play are really strong so is the DNA of our game.

“There is a lot of belief and confidence in the way we’re playing.

“We know as a footy club that you need three phases of your game to be operating well. Defensively we were really strong, but we wanted to maximise some of the good defence and work with our offence.

“We got some really good looks that I was pleased with that and on the back of some good stoppage and defensive work first and foremost.

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Goodwin was happy with the forward structure that took on the Power and will keep that combination for this week.

“It certainly wasn’t just one player and we’ve been really stable in our front six or seven in terms of that group throughout the year.

“We have built some good cohesion, I thought our method going inside 50 was certainly a lot better and browny had an impact with how we played, it was a good step forward in terms of his progress to get back to his best.

“We’ll commit to that again this week, there were some really positive signs in terms of how it operated. Tom McDonald, Luke Jackson, and Browny (Ben Brown) worked really well together.

It’s the combination of that along with our method which is just as important as personal is. The movement and cohesion together and how we operate going inside fifty from our mids to our forwards was a lot better.

For the first time in a few years, the Demons have a lot of selection pressure and with the side’s VFL affiliate in Casey also flying, it is keeping the AFL side honest.

“It’s incredibly important and something we’re very happy with and the Casey Demons are playing some really strong footy and we’ve got a number of players playing well.

“Sam Weideman put together another really strong performance, Majak Daw continues to improve. Vandenberg Melksham, Chandler all pressing claims for selection so we’re really healthy and we’re really fortunate.

“Our high-performance team have done a great job but selection pressure is important, it keeps an honesty in your footy club and an honesty in your playing group.”

The Demons will take on Hawthorn on Saturday night at the MCG in what is the annual pink lady match. Which is an important event on the calendar for the Demons.

“Something that I’m incredibly proud of, we’ve had association as a club for 16 years in this space and even watching last night Oskar Baker talk last night on AFL 360, I was incredibly proud of him and clearly it has touched a number of our players Oskar and Fraser Rosman are two of those.

“It brings a great deal of awareness to our playing group and the broader community about the challenges people have in that space and how important the support networks are and we’re very privileged and proud to be able of that game.”

Melbourne faces Hawthorn on Saturday afternoon at the MCG.

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