Coach: Dean Bailey
Captain: James McDonald
Finishing Position: 16th (Last)
Best and Fairest: Aaron Davey
Leading Goalkicker: Russell Robertson (29 goals)
Best First Year Player: Liam Jurrah
Major Sponsor: Hankook/Kaspersky Lab (Joint)
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After a disappointing 2008 campaign which brought the first wooden spoon to the club since 1997 Melbourne were tipped to once more be amongst the strugglers in '09. That too had been the case in 1998 but that side ended up playing a preliminary final. This year's model, though, were part of a rebuilding phase and without experienced recruits they were always going to struggle.
The goal, then, was to win more than the three games of the previous year and to avoid humiliating defeats like they'd suffered at the hands of Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs and Geelong in 2008.
Round 22 saw the Demons put up a brave fight against minor premiers St. Kilda before finally succumbing and earning themselves the prized priority picks.
Port Adelaide Shaun Burgoyne named Melbourne as one of his preferred clubs after announcing he was leaving the Power at the end of the year. After meeting with the Demons he elected to negotiate with Hawthorn instead.
During Grand Final week it was announced that midfielder Brock McLean had requested a trade, and that a deal had been done to send him to Carlton for selection 11 in the 2009 National Draft. Despite rumours linking him with a move Aaron Davey signed a four year contract to stay at the club.
Simon Buckley and Shane Valenti were delisted at the end of the season.
VFL affiliate Casey reached the first round of the finals but were beaten by more than a hundred points by Collingwood with just three Melbourne players in the side.
The club made an operational profit of $20,051 for the year, a turnaround of nearly $3 million. With the proceeds of the Debt Demolition campaign included the result was a $567,132 profit.
In 2012 the AFL launched an investigation into Melbourne's 2009 season after comments by Brock McLean that the club had not been trying to win. After an exhaustive seven month inquiry it was deemed that Melbourne were not guilty of losing games deliberately, but that Dean Bailey and Chris Connolly had acted improperly during the year. Bailey and Connolly were suspended and the club was fined $500,000.
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Best and Fairest
After each round, the five members of the match committee rate the best players with a score out of four. There is no limit on the number of players who can receive votes. The maximum amount of votes a player can receive per round is 20.
Norm Smith Memorial Trophy - Coaches Award - James Frawley
Ian Ridley Club Ambassador Award - Shane Valenti
Ron Barassi Jnr Leadership Award - Brent Moloney
Troy Broadbridge Memorial Trophy - Shane Valenti
2009 VFL Casey Scorpions season
10 wins, 0 draws, 8 losses, 6th place
|NAB Cup R1||Paul Johnson||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Practice Match||Clint Bartram||Striking||Withdrawn|
|Round 5||Jared Rivers||Umpire Contact||$2600 fine|
|Round 8||Lynden Dunn||Umpire Contact||$1950 fine|
|Round 14||Ricky Petterd||Abusive Language||$900 fine|
|Round 14||Colin Sylvia||Striking||3 matches|
|Round 21||Mark Jamar||Umpire Contact||$1950 fine|
|Round 22||Nathan Jones||Umpire Contact||$2850 fine|
melbournefc.com.au - 21/12/2009