Your 2023 Melbourne Demons season preview is here, just in time for the start of the new AFL season! Everything you need to know about the Demons is here, all in the one article – aren't you lucky. We’ve got information about squad changes, rankings and stats from last year, key matches to look for, as well as none other than ex-AFL star Heath Shaw’s opinion on how the Demons will go this season.
Let’s get cracking shall we!
Let’s take a little look at the new signings for the Demons, along with all the players they’ve parted ways with:
Ins: Jed Adams, Kyah Farris-White, Brodie Grundy, Lachie Hunter, Matthew Jefferson, Josh Schache, Oliver Sestan, Kye Turner and Will Verrall
Outs: Oskar Baker, Toby Bedford, Mitch Brown, Majak Daw, Jayden Hunt, Luke Jackson, Fraser Rosman and Sam Weideman
Where did the Demons rank for disposals in the AFL last season? Or what about clangers? All the key rankings for the Demons are below:
Frees For: 11th
Frees Against: 13th
Who had the most goals for the Demons? Who had the most marks? All these stats and more can be found below:
Most Disposals: Clayton Oliver - 753
Most Tackles: Clayton Oliver - 127
Most Clearances: Clayton Oliver - 201
Most Marks: Angus Brayshaw - 170
Most Goals: Bayley Fritsch - 55
3 Key Matches To Watch
These are the key matches you can’t miss if you’re a Demons fan (up to Round 15):
Match 1: Round 3, vs Swans, at MCG (Sun, Apr 2, 3:20pm)
Match 2: Round 13, vs Magpies, at MCG (Mon, Jun 10, 3:20pm)
Match 3: Round 15, vs Cats, at GMHBA Stadium (Thu, Jun 22, 7:20pm)
2023 AFL Season Expectations
Not such as grand old flag in 2022, compared to the heights reacted 2021. Questions were asked early in the year last year as to who was actually going to be this team. It didn’t really turn out to be the dominant force everybody thought.
Have as many A-graders as anyone in the league but can they find the hunger again, that’s the question. Grundy/ Hunter big off-season recruits that look to inject fresh faces along with some experience to get back to the top.
Predicted Finish: Top 4