Veteran AFL journalist Mike Sheahan said the devil would win the 2021 Premiership in a pre-season exchange with Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin.
Melbourne will face the bulldog in next week’s Grand Final (the first decision in 21 years). The club is about to break the 57-year flag drought in the league record.
However, few would have even predicted that a demon would appear in this postseason in a campaign that put Goodwin under pressure after the club collapsed from qualifying in 2018.
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After finishing 17th and 9th in the last two seasons, Melbourne soared in 2021 to win a minor premiereship. Then, after a strong win over Brisbane and Geelong in the first two finals, enter the next weekend’s deciding factor as a favorite.
However, according to longtime demon fan Sheehan, Goodwin had completely relied on his team’s flag outlook even before the season.
“We were in Sorrento’s pub in March. Simon told me,” Are you playing golf? ” I said, “Yes, I’ll play as soon as you get your ass.” “No, I’m too busy … If I don’t have any serious injuries this year, I’ll win (Premiership),” Sheehan said.
“I said,’Are you serious?’ He said,’I’m seriously dead.’ So his view at the time was that we were ready and played accordingly. “
It has been Gradual listing from Melbourne started in 2013In 2021, it culminated in the league’s top five Australians.
And as Goodwin expected before the season (as did the other 17 coaches), the demon did not suffer any serious injuries other than the retreat of Adam Tomlinson’s ACL in May. They went their way throughout the season.
Sheehan said it was the best team in Melbourne to have been supported by that shape throughout the season since the 1964 Premier League.
“They were very convincing along the way and there were two or three anomalies, but that was what they were and they weren’t forming a slump. All teams made them. The bulldog had it the night before the final, “he said.
“They are pretty mature and this team has a lot of talent.”
Melbourne fans have insisted on seven wooden spoons over the last 50 years and have endured some of the most difficult difficulties in recent history.
Following the sensational dismissal of legendary coach Norm Smith in mid-1965, he played four Premierships at the club and led six more Premierships to “The Curse of Norm Smith.” Created what is known as.
Sheehan did not necessarily accept the idea of a curse, but believed in karma and was afraid of the club’s future while the merger with Hawthorne was proposed in the 1990s.
“I thought there would be a merger when it was on the card. If Don Scott didn’t do what he did, he wouldn’t know where he would have gone,” he said.
“I’m glad they stayed, they’re an elastic beast football club, right?”
But Sheehan looked back at the deceased demon greats and said it was touching to be unable to witness flags such as Jim Steins and Robert Flower that could end the drought.
“I can’t remember the football club that lost so many people who have played a very important role in the structure of the club.”
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