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1972

Coach: Ian Ridley
Captain: Frank Davis
Finishing Position: 8th
Best and Fairest: Stan Alves
Leading Goalkicker: Greg Parke (63)
Best First Year Player: Ross Brewer

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Reserves Under 19's


Coach Ian Ridley declared that the season's motto was "This Is It", and with the McIntyre Final Five system in play for the first time there was genuine hope that the club could makes its first finals series since 1964.

Despite the introduction of a final five seemingly suiting the Demons after their troubles of recent years the club actually voted against it. Only Collingwood and South Melbourne joined the Demons committee in opposing the move and it was passed by the requisite 3/4 majority of league clubs and adopted. The fact that there were now only seven teams not making the finals also meant that the Night Series competition was redundant, leaving the Demons the last ever champions under that format.

A pre-season trip to Sydney set the scene for the year. The players rose at 5.45am every morning for a two hour workout session on the beach before going to football 'school'.

The year saw the club make a substantial profit for the first time since 1956. A $7493.80 loss in 1971 was turned into a $8923.30 profit. This was achieved with the aid of almost $44,000 from finals ground hire payments.

Henry Bolte was club patron. Arthur King was Melbourne's VFL delegate.

Club zones were altered at the end of the year and Melbourne received the East and North wards of the City of Frankston.

Practice Matches

Opposition
Result
Port Adelaide WIN
Norwood WIN

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 Hawthorn LOSS
2 FootscrayLOSS
3 CollingwoodLOSS
4 South MelbourneWIN
5 RichmondLOSS
6 EssendonWIN
7 CarltonLOSS
8 GeelongWIN
9 St. KildaLOSS
10 North MelbourneWIN
11 FitzroyLOSS
12 HawthornWIN
13 FootscrayWIN
14 South MelbourneWIN
15 CollingwoodLOSS
16 RichmondLOSS
17 EssendonLOSS
18 CarltonLOSS
19 GeelongWIN
20 St. KildaLOSS
21 North MelbourneWIN
22 FootscrayWIN

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Carlton1813134.374
Richmond1804117.772
Collingwood141713366
St. Kilda1408115.656
Essendon1408108.356
Hawthorn1309111.152
Footscray1101194.744
Melbourne10012105.940
Fitzroy901396.836
Geelong701584.228
South Melbourne202065.18
North Melbourne102162.94

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Max Walker 11 1
2 Robert McKenzie 80
3 Trevor Rollinson 60
4 Tony Sullivan 180
5 John Gallus 88
6 Frank Davis 210
7 Graham Osborne 137
8 Peter Keenan 1613
9 Peter Yeo 31
9 George Lakes 20
10 Lloyd Burgmann 712
11 Greg Wells 2234
12 Mike Collins 136
14 Barry Bourke 220
15 Stan Alves 2122
16 John Townsend 129
17 Denis Clark 92
18 John Tilbrook 910
19 Ray Biffin 200
20 Laurie Queay 22
21 Graham Molloy 217
22 Ray Carr 411
23 Peter Sinclair 88
24 Ross Dillon 115
26 Greg Parke 2063
27 Ross Brewer 1715
29 Noel Leary 10
30 John Letcher 120
33 Gary Hardeman 2110
34 John Clennett 1713
35 Paul Callery 2223
36 Col Anderson 20
37 John Reid 10
38 Wayne Delmenico 10
39 Peter Dilnot 10
41 Stephen Kerley 141
45 Henry Ritterman 124
46 Geoff Harrold 20
50 Shane McSpeerin 63
54 Peter Williamson 40

Best and Fairest

Player
1st Stan Alves
2nd Greg Wells
3rd Gary Hardeman
4th Barry Bourke
5th Paul Callery
6th Greg Parke

Reserves

1972 Reserves Season

Captain - Ross Dillon
Vice Captain - Denis Clark
Best and Fairest - Denis Clark
Second Best and Fairest - John Gallus
Outstanding Service - Henry Ritterman, Ross Dillon, John Cumming

W
D
L
%
P
Hawthorn1912154.178
Richmond 1705138.068
Melbourne1705134.568
Essendon1516125.362
Carlton 1408106.756
Geelong1309123.352
Footscray1309103.052
South Melbourne 801492.332
Collingwood701585.628
St Kilda501770.520
North Melbourne202055.88
Fitzroy 102162.84

Finals

Round
Opposition
Result
QF Richmond WIN
SF Hawthorn WIN
GF HawthornLOSS

Under 19's

Captain - Louis Tesoriero
Vice-Captain - Russ Macdonald
Best and Fairest - Frank Giampaolo
Second Best and Fairest - Ian McGuinness
Outstanding Service - Peter Slade, Peter Watts, Neil McMullin

Round
Opposition
Result
EF Richmond LOSS

Under 17's

Best and Fairest - Robert Flower
Second Best and Fairest - James Ahern
Outstanding Service - Glen Campbell, Guy Moorhouse
Best Clubman - Ian Kavanagh

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 19 Ray Biffin Striking Not Guilty


Media
"Demons unhappy" - The Age 20/11/1971
"VFL final five series is likely" - The Age 30/11/1971
"Demons back to profit making" - The Age 15/11/1972

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