Coach: Mark Neeld
Captains: Jack Grimes and Jack Trengove
Finishing Position: 17th
Best and Fairest: Nathan Jones
Leading Goalkicker: Jeremy Howe - 28
Best Young Player: Jack Viney
Major Sponsors: Webjet and Opel (joint)
|Matches||Ladder||Playing List||Best and Fairest||Tribunal||VFL||Drafts and Trading|
After a disappointing 2012 season the Demons were handed a seemingly easy opening round fixture against fellow strugglers Port Adelaide on the MCG. Port won easily and the club was plunged into crisis, following up the next week with their largest ever loss at their home ground.
The Demons registered their first win for the year against Greater Western Sydney in Round 4 on the back of the club's highest scoring quarter in history, but they continued to disappoint - and lost their first match against a recent expansion team against Gold Coast in Round 7.
After the dismissal of Chief Executive Officer Cameron Schwab following the Round 2 defeat, Melbourne went to the AFL for assistance and former Essendon CEO Peter Jackson was signed to the position until the end of 2014. With the club in crisis both on and off-field, and former Hawthorn President and Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett suggesting he would mount a challenge, President Don McLardy resigned on Friday 14 June.
That day the board made the long expected move on coach Mark Neeld 18 months into his contract, announcing his dismissal on the morning of Monday 17 June. Former Adelaide coach Neil Craig replaced him until the end of the season. Further casualties included resigned board members Stuart Grimshaw, Guy Jalland, Karen Hayes and List Manager Tim Harrington who was made redundant.
Under caretaker coach Neil Craig the Demons recovered briefly before sinking back into their old ways. He won just won game in his 11 matches in charge. The club's win tally was their worst since 1981 and their percentage was the worst since 1906.
The first Melbourne FC Women team played as a curtain raiser to the Round 14 match against Western Bulldogs. Players from each side were chosen in a draft and Jack Grimes served as an assistant coach. Melbourne won on a night where the men's side earned their only victory of the season over a non-expansion club.
|4||Greater Western Sydney||WIN|
|19||Greater Western Sydney||LOSS|
|Greater Western Sydney||1||0||21||51.0||4|
- Essendon were relegated to ninth by the AFL due to rule breaches
Best and Fairest
The senior coach and three main assistants ranked each player from 1 to 7 for their performance in a match.
|17|| Dean Kent |
|23|| Jack Fitzpatrick |
|26|| Daniel Nicholson |
|32|| James Sellar |
|Round 1||Colin Sylvia||Striking||Reprimand|
|Round 4||Neville Jetta||Rough Conduct||2 matches|
|Round 6||Luke Tapscott||Rough Conduct||Not Guilty|
|Round 7||Colin Sylvia||High Contact||3 matches|
|Round 7||Chris Dawes||Striking||Reprimand|
|Round 8||Nathan Jones||Melee||$2100 fine|
|Round 8||Jordie McKenzie||Melee||$1200 fine|
|Round 8||Luke Tapscott||Melee||$1200 fine|
|Round 13||Jake Spencer||High Contact||3 matches|
|Round 20||Mitch Clisby||Rough Conduct||3 matches|
|Round 23||Jordie McKenzie||Instigating a Melee||$2700 fine|
|Round 23||Max Gawn||Melee||$1200 fine|
|Round 23||Dean Kent||Melee||$1200 fine|
|Round 23||Colin Sylvia||Melee||$1200 fine|
|Round 23||Jack Viney||Melee||$1200 fine|
Drafts and Trading
|Gained via trade||From||Gave up via trade|
|Dom Tyson |
|Greater Western Sydney|| Pick 2 |
|Viv Michie||Fremantle||Pick 54|
|Bernie Vince||Adelaide||Pick 23|
- Jesse Hogan was assigned #1, but was not officially on the playing list.
- Maia Westrupp was not officially on the playing list
- Nathan Jones was named temporary captain before Round 7 when Jack Grimes was placed on the Long Term Injury list. He is assumed to have remained in the role when Grimes returned.
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