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Dees do not shrink back from AFL flag drought

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin is assured his gamers can deal with the strain of breaking the membership’s 57-year premiership drought, and says their long-suffering followers are a motivating issue.

The Demons booked a spot within the September 25 grand closing at Optus Stadium with a crushing 83-point win over Geelong in Friday evening’s preliminary closing in Perth.

It will likely be Melbourne’s first grand closing because the 60-point loss to Essendon within the 2000 premiership decider.

The Demons’ final flag got here again in 1964, after they beat Collingwood by 4 factors.

Goodwin is nicely conscious of the painfully lengthy drought, and what it could imply to Demons supporters if it may very well be damaged this 12 months.

As a substitute of shying away from the strain, Goodwin is embracing it, speaking brazenly along with his gamers in regards to the alternative to make historical past.

“Each membership faces a type of strain in massive video games. Our strain comes from not successful a premiership in 57 years,” Goodwin stated.

“It is one thing we’ve spoken about, how we cope with expectation up to now two years.

“We have now ready our gamers for that. Nothing will change in that area.

“I sit right here excited about all our supporters again dwelling. I take into consideration all of the arduous occasions they have been by means of, and we get a chance now to do one thing actually particular.”

The truth that most of Melbourne’s die-hard supporters will not be capable to witness the grand closing in individual because of Victoria’s lockdown is one other facet Goodwin is nicely conscious of.

“We’d love for them to be right here, we might like to be doing it in entrance of our dwelling supporters,” Goodwin stated.

“However they need to be pleased with their crew. We’re doing this for them.

“We wish to make them so pleased with their footy membership that they will sit and revel in a drink collectively and perceive they’ve a robust footy membership.”

Melbourne will enter the premiership decider with successfully two current byes below their belt – the bye they earned for successful the qualifying closing, and this 12 months’s bye earlier than the grand closing.

Goodwin would not see that as a adverse.

“It provides us three or 4 days to take a breath, perceive the place we sit, and perceive the chance that is in entrance of us, and tune away from footy for 3 or 4 days,” he stated.

“There is no query come subsequent Friday or Saturday there will probably be a great model of match simulation that may happen that may get our gamers in an incredible state of mind for the week forward.”

The Demons will probably be sweating on the health of star defender Steven Might, who injured his proper hamstring within the first quarter towards Geelong.

Might performed on till the third quarter earlier than being subbed out as soon as the consequence was protected.

Goodwin says early indications counsel that it is a back-related hamstring damage, and provides that he is quietly assured Might will probably be match to play within the grand closing.

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