|Matches||Ladder||Playing List||Night Series||Best and Fairest||Reserves||Under 19's||Tribunal|
A novel recruiting plan to have 1000 young players at an open trial in March was derailed when hot weather meant only 101 showed up. 60 of those had to be rejected because they were residentially tied to other clubs. None of the three players unearthed from the sessions played senior football.
The lack of available players due to injury was highlighted as a problem as early as the pre-season. Many players were suffering issues from the previous season, and as soon as one player returned another one dropped out. The injury plague affected almost every line of the team, making impossible for Norm Smith to field a stable lineup in any of his side's intra-club practice matches.
Additionally the Demons, like all VFL sides, were handicapped in their practice matches - banned from playing each other, VFA clubs or any other country club within a 60 mile radius of Melbourne - hence their match against East Ringwood.
The rules of the game were altered at the behest of the Australian National Football Council to ban open handed 'flick' passes. Players were now required to hit the ball with a clenched fist.
Having won just two matches since they started the 1965 season 8-0, the Demons crashed to defeat in their first six matches of the new season. Three times they kicked four goals or less and Smith was forced to use five different full-forwards in the first five games of the year. After kicking three goals against Carlton in Round 5 Smith was forced to issue an ultimatum to his players that they had to meet his demands or leave the club.
During July the club also adopted a revolutionary four night a week training program in a desperate attempt to right their sinking ship. Despite these novel measures the Demons were still forced to use 46 players for the year, including 22 rookies - the most since the 1919 season and were only saved from the wooden spoon by the one win Fitzroy side. It was the equal most players used in any Melbourne season.
The players went on an end of season trip to Surfers Paradise.
Best and Fairest
Richmond were replaced in the finals by South Melbourne for fielding an unregistered player.
Best and Fairest - K. Williams
Second Best and Fairest - S. Goodwin
Outstanding service - Robert McKenzie, R. Mervcich, G. Fraser
|Round 7||Tassie Johnson||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 14||Neville Stone||Striking||Not Guilty|