2013 Melbourne Football Club season

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Melbourne Football Club
2013 season
President Don McLardy
(to 14 June)
Peter Spargo
Glen Bartlett
(from 16 August)
Coach Mark Neeld
(2nd season)
(rounds 1–12)
Neil Craig
(rounds 13–23)
Captain(s) Jack Grimes
(2nd season)
Jack Trengove
(2nd season)
Home ground MCG
(100,018 capacity)
Pre-season 14th
AFL season 17th
Finals series DNQ
Best and fairest Nathan Jones
Leading goalkicker Jeremy Howe
(28 goals)
Highest home attendance 50,835
(round 11 vs. Collingwood)
Lowest home attendance 7,615
(round 17 vs. Brisbane Lions)
Average home attendance 24,974
Club membership 33,117
(Decrease 2,228 / Decrease 6.30%)

The 2013 Melbourne Football Club season was the club's 114th year in the VFL/AFL since it began in 1897.

Mark Neeld entered into his second year as senior coach of Melbourne. After a horrid season in 2012, Neeld made a vast amount of list changes in the 2012 AFL Draft. These changes included the addition of experienced and key position players from other clubs such as Shannon Byrnes, Tom Gillies, Chris Dawes, David Rodan and Cameron Pedersen. Melbourne also added five new players from the National Draft, two new players from the Rookie Draft as well as one new player from the Greater Western Sydney Mini-Draft who will play in 2014. Jack Grimes and Jack Trengove continued their roles as co-captains of the football club.[1]

With no Friday night games and only three home games against fellow Victorian sides at the MCG, Melbourne faced a financially challenging fixture. At the same time Melbourne received a simple fixture when compared to other teams by playing fellow-cellar dwellers in 2012 Greater Western Sydney, Gold Coast and Western Bulldogs twice and all 2012 finalists with the exception of Fremantle once. Melbourne hosted nine home games at the MCG, a sold home game against Brisbane Lions at TIO Stadium in Round 17 and a home game against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium in Round 18.

Melbourne endured one of their worst seasons in the club's 155-year history and arguably their worst in the modern era. They finished with only 2 wins (their least since the 1981 season) and a percentage of 54.07% (their worst since the 1919 season). It was also the worst seasonal performance from an established club since the demise of Fitzroy in 1996.

2013 list changes[edit]

2012 free agency[edit]

Player Date Free agent type Former club New club Compensation Ref
Shannon Byrnes 4 October 2012 Unrestricted Geelong Melbourne None [2]
Brent Moloney 12 October 2012 Restricted Melbourne Brisbane Lions 3rd round [3]
Jared Rivers 18 October 2012 Unrestricted Melbourne Geelong 3rd round [4]
Tom Gillies 13 November 2012 Delisted Geelong Melbourne None [5]

2012 trades[edit]

Trade gained Traded from Trade lost
Dominic Barry
Pick 2 (mini-draft)
Pick 20
Greater Western Sydney Pick 3
Pick 13
Chris Dawes
Pick 58
Collingwood Pick 20
Pick 45
David Rodan Port Adelaide Pick 88
Pick 88 West Coast Cale Morton
Cameron Pedersen
Pick 74
North Melbourne Jordan Gysberts
Pick 63
Pick 53
Pick 73
Brisbane Lions Stefan Martin

Retirements and delistings[edit]

Player New club League Reason Ref
Brad Green Carlton – assistant coach AFL Retired
Liam Jurrah South Alice Springs CAFL Resigned [6]
Ricky Petterd Richmond AFL Delisted
Matthew Bate Essendon reserves VFL Delisted [7]
Jamie Bennell West Coast AFL Delisted
Lucas Cook North Ballarat VFL Delisted [8]
Jai Sheahan Geelong reserves VFL Delisted [9][10]
Leigh Williams Williamstown VFL Delisted [11]
Kelvin Lawrence Peel Thunder WAFL Delisted [9][12]


Overall pick Player State Position Team from League from
2 Jesse Hogan Western Australia Forward Claremont Football Club WAFL

National draft[edit]

Round Overall pick Player State Position Team from League from
1 4 Jimmy Toumpas South Australia Midfield Woodville-West Torrens SANFL
2 26 (F/S) Jack Viney Victoria (Australia) Midfield Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup
3 48 Dean Kent Western Australia Forward/Midfield Perth WAFL
3 52 Matt Jones Victoria (Australia) Midfield Box Hill Hawks VFL
4 68 Dean Terlich South Australia Defender Norwood SANFL
4 71 (RP) Daniel Nicholson Victoria (Australia) Midfield/Defender Melbourne AFL
4 72 (RP) Michael Evans Victoria (Australia) Midfield Melbourne AFL

Rookie draft[edit]

Round Overall pick Player State Position Team from League from
1 3 Nathan Stark South Australia Midfield Glenelg SANFL
2 19 Mitch Clisby South Australia Midfield/Defender North Adelaide SANFL

2013 squad[edit]

Melbourne Football Club
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury list
  • Arrow-up.png Upgraded rookie(s)
  • (vet) Veterans list

2013 season[edit]


NAB Cup[edit]

Week 1[edit]
Round 1
Friday, 22 February (6:45 pm) North Melbourne 1.4.5 (38) def. Melbourne 0.5.6 (36) Etihad Stadium Report
Friday, 22 February (7:50 pm) Melbourne 0.2.3 (15) def. by Richmond 1.2.9 (30) Etihad Stadium Report
  • The first game saw Melbourne get off to an early start when Nathan Jones delivered a strong pass to Jack Watts who kicked the first goal for Melbourne's 2013 pre-season campaign. However North Melbourne would run Melbourne rampant down the midfield with Majak Daw showing outstanding set plays as the Kangaroos would take out an 18-point lead midway through the second half. However a couple of strong marks and goals from Jeremy Howe saw Melbourne back in the contest. With Melbourne 8 points down and 15 seconds to go, Dean Kent would find himself 45 metres out. With no-one to handball outside of Melbourne's 50 to take a shot for 9 points, Dean Kent would be forced to kick after the siren for a shot at scoring 6 points. Although he successfully converted, Melbourne would still end up falling short by 2 points.
  • The second game saw a fresh Richmond outfit dominate Melbourne's tiring midfield early in the first half at one point scoring 16 inside 50s to 4. Melbourne had bursted out a short stint of energy late in the first half and early in the second half that saw Jack Watts and Jimmy Toumpas. However Richmond would continue to assert their dominance in the midfield stoppages eventually thrashing Melbourne in the clearances 18–5 as well as the inside 50 count 26–12. Richmond's inaccuracy in-front of goal as well as a handful of strong contested marks from Jack Watts at half-back ensured that the margin was only 15 points at the end of the game.
Week 2[edit]
Round 2
Sunday, 3 March (4:00 pm) Port Adelaide def. by Melbourne Renmark, South Australia (crowd: 3,764) [1]
0.2.3 (15)
0.5.3 (33)
0.8.4 (52)
1.10.7 (76)
0.4.2 (26)
0.8.5 (53)
0.9.6 (60)
0.12.6 (78)
Television broadcast: none
Hartlett Super Goals
D. Stewart 3, Hartlett 2, Young, Wingard, Newton, Neade, Colquhorn Goals Sellar 5, Davey 3, Kent 2, Evans, Tapscott
Hartlett, Wines, Mitchell, Colquhorn, Redden, Stevenson Best Magner, Sellar, Jetta, Tapscott, Evans, Sylvia
  • Both sides entered the match with most of their best players having a game off to allow for less experienced players to step in.
  • Melbourne took an early assault over Port Adelaide thanks to James Sellar who was acting as the primary forward that day with Mitch Clark, Jeremy Howe and Chris Dawes.
  • Melbourne had an impressive first half to lead Port Adelaide by 20 points. However Port would create a surge in the third quarter to get within a goal's kick.
  • Melbourne would re-extend the margin late in the third and early in the fourth quarter. This was followed by a second surge by Port Adelaide getting within a goal's margin again. However Melbourne would manage to hold their nerve towards the end of the game and win by 2 points. James Sellar was the best on ground with 5 goals.
Week 3[edit]
Round 3
Saturday, 9 March (2:30 pm) Melbourne def. by St Kilda Casey Fields (crowd: 5000 est) [2]
1.2.2 (23)
1.3.4 (31)
2.5.6 (54)
2.7.6 (66)
0.1.2 (8)
2.6.8 (62)
2.8.8 (74)
2.10.13 (91)
Television broadcast: none
Dunn, N. Jones Super Goals Newnes, Dal Santo
Sellar 2, Byrnes, Tapscott, Davey, Hogan, Toumpas Goals Milne 3, Milera 2, Hayes, Dennis-Lane, Riewoldt, Gilbert, Dal Santo
N. Jones, Rodan, Dunn, Terlich, Jamar, Sylvia, Nicholson Best Dal Santo, Newnes, Montagna, Milne, Steven, Geary, Roberton
Injuries Dempster (tightness)
  • On a hot, sweltering day with strong northerly winds, Melbourne would win the toss and kick with the breeze. They started the game off strongly with 3 goals (including a super goal) and looked to run over the top despite being advantaged with the breeze.
  • St Kilda however were able to utilize the breeze to their full advantage by kicking 7 goals (including 2 supergoals) whilst at the same time run the Melbourne's young team of midfielders off their feet in the heat.
  • Melbourne were eventually able to fend off steady St Kilda's momentum surge in the second half. However they were unable to properly capitalize of any momentum surge of their own and eventually went down by 25 points.

NAB Challenge[edit]

Week 4[edit]
Week 4
Saturday, 16 March (11:30 am) Gold Coast def. Melbourne Fankhauser Reserve [3]
1.0 (6)
4.5 (29)
9.6 (60)
12.7 (79)
2.3 (15)
4.3 (27)
5.5 (35)
8.7 (55)
Television broadcast: none
Hall 3, Ablett 2, Dixon 2, Harbrow, Lonergan, Smith, Gorringe, Hutchins Goals Sellar 3, Terlich, Jamar, Pedersen, M. Jones, Hogan
Ablett, Hall, Hutchins, Dixon, Prestia, Thompson Best Watts, Grimes, Jamar, Terlich, Sellar
Lonergan (wrist) Injuries

Home and away season[edit]


The 2013 season for Melbourne turned out to be disastrous to such an extraordinary magnitude that they required a complete refurbishment of their board and football department. Melbourne began the season as marginal favourites at home against fellow cellar dwellers Port Adelaide. However they displayed such visible problems with their ball use, work rate and turnover rate in the midfield that they were eventually shut out of the game and hammered by 79 points. After a week of media scrutiny over their Round 1 performance, Melbourne was expected to put in place a more spirited performance against Essendon. For the opening proportion of that game, they appeared to have lifted their intensity. However, after Essendon scored consecutive goals, Melbourne's problems from Round 1 occurred again and they were eventually slaughtered by 148 points. This was their greatest losing margin at the MCG in their entire VFL/AFL history. Fan backlash resulted from this enormous loss and the next week on 9 April, Melbourne made the decision to sack their CEO Cameron Schwab.[13]

After a week of team bonding in Sorrento, Melbourne appeared to have turned around their form in Round 3 against West Coast, only trailing by 10 points at half time. However, by the time West Coast kicked consecutive goals in the second half, Melbourne would again shut down and eventually get hammered by 94 points. With an average losing margin of 108 points in the first 3 rounds, Melbourne headed into their Round 4 clash against recent expansion team Greater Western Sydney at the MCG, in what was a must win game for Mark Neeld so that he may have maintained his coaching role. In a game of sub-standard football from both sides, Melbourne looked to be set to lose at 3 quarter time trailing by 19 points however managed to blow the game away with their highest ever quarter score in VFL/AFL history of 12 goals and 2 behinds to win by 41 points.[14] In subsequent rounds Melbourne's form didn't show any improvement from Round 4 however as the pressure for Mark Neeld to keep his job oscillated out of control. They got thrashed by 60+ points against Carlton in Round 6, Gold Coast in Round 7, Fremantle in Round 9, Hawthorn in Round 10 and Collingwood in Round 11.

During Melbourne's bye, 2 major personnel changes would occur to the club. On 13 June, Melbourne president Don McLardy resigned and was replaced by vice-president Peter Spargo as an interim-president.[15] 3 days later after weeks of pressure Mark Neeld was finally sacked from his senior coaching position and replaced by former Adelaide senior coach Neil Craig.[16] Craig's first game coaching Melbourne was against fellow cellar dwellers St Kilda. Despite Melbourne controlling more possession of the ball with more inside 50s, they still lost by 35 points due to their lack of forward pressure. Melbourne however finally broke through for only their second win of the season against Western Bulldogs by 3 points. This came after Melbourne nearly conceded a 44-point lead midway through the final quarter by allowing the Western Bulldogs to kick the last 7 goals of the game.

After a gutsy performance against the 2012 premiers Sydney where Melbourne went down by 31 points, they would finish their miserable season by falling back into the shut-down habits they experienced at the start of the season. This included a 68-point loss to Geelong in Round 16, a 122-point loss to North Melbourne in Round 18, a 37-point loss to bottom of the ladder Greater Western Sydney in Round 19, a 95-point loss to Fremantle in Round 21 and a 68-point loss to Adelaide in Round 22. Melbourne would finish the season with a woeful 2 wins and 54.07%.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Sunday, 31 March (1:10 pm) Melbourne def. by Port Adelaide MCG (crowd: 22,924) [4]
3.1 (19)
7.2 (44)
7.3 (45)
8.6 (54)
5.3 (33)
11.7 (73)
16.13 (109)
19.19 (133)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Clark 2, Howe 2, Byrnes, McKenzie, Pedersen, Viney Goals Schultz 4, Monfries 3, P. Stewart 3, Hartlett 2, Cornes, Heath, Moore, Pittard, Westhoff, Wingard, Wines
Viney, McKenzie, Grimes, M. Jones Best Hartlett, Cornes, Schultz, P. Stewart, Ebert, Boak, Monfries, Pittard, Trengove, Wines
Clark (ankle) Injuries
  • This game saw 7 new faces make their Melbourne Football Club debut. This included David Rodan from Port Adelaide, Tom Gillies and Shannon Byrnes from Geelong as well as Cameron Pedersen from North Melbourne.
  • From the start of the game, Port Adelaide were able to dictate play in the centre clearance and were easily able to find loose men throughout the ground to move the ball forwards with.
  • Despite 2 short periods where Melbourne were able to dictate play in the first and second quarters, they were unable to move the ball forward as they would consistently kick to pack contests around the boundary line and continue to turn the ball over in the midfield. From there Port Adelaide were able to move the ball into the middle of the ground and spread their players around the ground to move the ball forward without any real defensive pressure applied.
  • Despite a dark day for the Melbourne Football Club, both Jack Viney and Matt Jones were impressive in the midfield and were both able to gain 22 possessions each on debut.

Debut(s): Jimmy Toumpas, Jack Viney, Matt Jones
Debut(s) for MFC: Shannon Byrnes (Geelong) , Tom Gillies (Geelong) , Cameron Pedersen (North Melbourne) , David Rodan (Richmond/Port Adelaide)
Milestone(s): Lynden Dunn (100th AFL game) , Jack Viney (1st AFL goal)
Brownlow Votes: Brad Ebert (Port Adelaide) 3 votes, Hamish Hartlett (Port Adelaide) 2 votes, Kane Cornes (Port Adelaide) 1 vote
Record: 0 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 18th
Substitutes: Sam Blease Increase Mitch Clark Decrease

Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Saturday, 6 April (7:40 pm) Essendon def. Melbourne MCG (crowd: 51,153) [5]
6.2 (38)
13.6 (84)
21.11 (137)
28.16 (184)
2.1 (13)
4.5 (29)
5.5 (35)
5.6 (36)
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Crameri 6, Bellchambers 4, Watson 3, Davey 2, Heppell 2, Howlett 2, Merrett 2, Hurley 2, Stanton 2, Goddard, Ryder, Dempsey Goals Davey 2, Grimes, Clark, N. Jones
Heppell, Watson, Bellchambers, Crameri, Goddard, Stanton, Fletcher, Howlett, Zaharakis Best Howe, Frawley, N. Jones, Garland
  • Before the game, Essendon celebrated the 20-year anniversary of full back Dustin Fletcher's debut.
  • For the first 10 minutes of the game, Melbourne played a competitive brand of football keeping the goals locked at one a piece by reating spoilages and playing a hard brand of football at the stoppages.
  • Once Essendon kicked their second goal of the game, they took control of the game and annihilated Melbourne with their ability to spread through the corridor and break off their man with ease.
  • A rare highlight for Melbourne fans was Aaron Davey's goal of the year contender late in the second quarter. He managed to get possession of the ball from the boundary-line in a pressured situation and dribble it through from there.
  • Melbourne's 148-point loss was their worst at the MCG and against Essendon in VFL/AFL history. It was also their third ever worst loss in VFL/AFL history.
  • After the game Melbourne's percentage slumped to a staggeringly low 28.39%.

Debut(s): Dean Terlich
Brownlow Votes: Dyson Heppell (Essendon) 3 votes, Jobe Watson (Essendon) 2 votes, Brent Stanton (Essendon) 1 vote
Record: 0 Wins, 2 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 18th
Substitutes: David Rodan Increase Jack Watts Decrease

Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Saturday, 13 April (2:10 pm) Melbourne def. by West Coast MCG (crowd: 18,571) [6]
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Clark 3, Sylvia 2, Trengove 2, Byrnes, Davey, Evans, Howe, Sellar, Tapscott Goals Kennedy 5, Darling 5, Hams 3, LeCras 3, Cox 3, Sinclair 2, Embley, Masten, Hill, Hurn, Gaff, Cripps
N. Jones, M. Jones, Grimes, Sylvia Best Kennedy, Cox, Darling, Priddis, Masten, Hurn, Shuey, S. Selwood
Rohan Bail (concussion) Injuries Beau Waters (calf, replaced in selected by Jacob Brennan), Ashton Hams (lower leg)
  • After a record loss against Essendon a week earlier the Demons, and coach Mark Neeld had been under the media spotlight all week. The demons took a surprise lead in the second quarter, and were just 10 points down at half time before the Eagles took over and ran riot with 11 goals to one in the third.
  • The pace slowed in the last quarter, but the Eagles still almost racked up a triple digit win - and their largest ever win over the Demons at the MCG.
  • Rohan Bail was temporarily substitutes replaced by Jimmy Toumpas in the second quarter while he was assessed for a possible concussion. He returned in the third quarter and played out the rest of the game, Toumpas eventually replaced Aaron Davey at the start of the last term.

Milestone(s): Michael Evans (1st AFL goal)
Brownlow Votes: Chris Masten (West Coast) 3 votes, Matt Priddis (West Coast) 2 votes, Josh Kennedy (West Coast) 1 vote
Record: 0 Wins, 3 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 18th
Substitutes: Jimmy Toumpas Increase Aaron Davey Decrease

Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Sunday, 21 April (1:10 pm) Melbourne def. Greater Western Sydney MCG (crowd: 20,018) [7]
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Howe 4, Byrnes 3, Evans 3, Pedersen 2, Gawn 2, Sylvia, Bail, N. Jones, Trengove, Clark, Jamar Goals O'hAilpin 5, Palmer 2, Cameron, Treloar, Shiel, Giles, Ward, Scully, Sumner, Greene
N. Jones, Gawn, Grimes, Howe, Garland, Evans, Terlich, Trengove Best Scully, Shiel, Treloar, Whitfield, O'hAilpin, Greene, Ward
Neville Jetta reported for engaging in rough conduct on Lachie Whitfield Reports
  • After three disappointing losses to start the season the Demons, and Mark Neeld were under heavy scrutiny from the media with some speculation that if the Demons lost to a team who had only won two games the previous year that Neeld would be dismissed as coach.
  • The two sides traded blows for the first three quarters, before the Giants skipped away to a three goal lead at three quarter time. With dark clouds hovering above the Demons responded by registering their greatest ever quarter in a match - with 12.2 more than doubling their score in the last half an hour.
  • Michael Evans and Jeremy Howe were the driving forces of the comeback with seven goals between them, but Melbourne were flawless in beating up the young Giants in the final term despite losing Mitch Clark to a foot injury.
  • Aaron Davey replaced Jack Viney in the third quarter. Neville Jetta was reported for rough conduct and suspended for two matches.

Brownlow Votes: Nathan Jones 3 votes (Melbourne), Shannon Byrnes 2 votes (Melbourne), Tom Scully 1 vote (Greater Western Sydney)
Record: 1 Win, 3 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Aaron Davey Increase Jack Viney Decrease

Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Sunday, 28 April (3:15 pm) Brisbane Lions def. Melbourne Gabba (crowd: 19,018) [8]
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Brown 3, Leuenberger 3, Zorko 3, Cornelius 2, Polkinghorne, Adcock, Redden, Paparone, Bewick, Rockliff Goals Howe 2, Gawn 2, Bail, N. Jones, Jamar, Tapscott, Watts, McKenzie, Rodan, Pedersen, Davey
Mayes, Moloney, Leuenberger, Zorko, Rockliff Best Trengove, Watts, Terlich, Grimes, Sylvia
James Polkinghorne for tripping Reports
  • Melbourne looked to continue the good form shown in their record breaking last quarter in the win against Greater Western Sydney a week earlier - and kicking five goals in the first quarter got them off to a good start, even though they also conceded five.
  • Brisbane took over in the second quarter, but were wasteful and only added six points to their lead. They opened up a match winning lead in the third quarter, and despite a brief rally by the Demons in the last ran away to an easy victory.
  • Aaron Davey replaced Sam Blease in the third quarter.

Brownlow Votes: Matthew Leuenberger 3 votes (Brisbane Lions), Dayne Zorko 2 votes (Brisbane Lions), Brent Moloney 1 vote (Brisbane Lions)
Record: 1 Win, 4 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Aaron Davey Increase Sam Blease Decrease

Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Sunday, 5 May (7:40 pm) Carlton def. Melbourne MCG (crowd: 35,286) [9]
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Garlett 4, Betts 4, Murphy 3, Armfield 2, Waite 2, Robinson, Walker, Curnow Goals Sylvia 2, Dunn, Tapscott, M. Jones, Kent, Garland, Bail
Murphy, Betts, Garlett, Scotland, Walker, Henderson, Waite, Hampson Best N. Jones, Dunn, M. Jones, Sylvia, Garland
Injuries Jack Grimes (shoulder)
Reports Luke Tapscott reported for rough conduct on Kade Simpson during the third quarter.
  • With an injury depleted lineup, and no permanent key forwards in the side, the Demons broke even with Carlton for the first five minutes of the game but couldn't capitalise on their advantage. By the time the Blues got going they were hard to stop and opened up a five goal lead by quarter time.
  • The Demons started to eat into Carlton's lead in the second quarter when they kicked their first goal and were awarded another shot immediately afterwards as a free kick.
  • Debutant Dean Kent replaced Jack Grimes in the first quarter when Grimes suffered a broken collarbone in a tackle from ex-teammate Brock McLean.

Debut(s): Dean Kent
Milestone(s): Dean Kent (1st AFL goal), M. Jones (1st AFL goal)
Brownlow Votes: Marc Murphy 3 votes (Carlton), Kade Simpson 2 votes (Carlton), Jarrad Waite 1 vote (Carlton)
Record: 1 Win, 5 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Dean Kent Increase Jack Grimes Decrease

Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Sunday, 12 May (4:40 pm) Melbourne def. by Gold Coast MCG (crowd: 13,304) [10]
0.2 (2)
3.7 (25)
4.10 (32)
7.12 (54)
5.5 (35)
9.8 (62)
14.12 (96)
16.18 (114)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Howe 3, Gawn 2, Strauss, Sylvia Goals Smith 3, Brown 3, Lynch 2, A. Hall 2, May, McKenzie, Day, Shaw, Bennell, Harbrow
Howe, Viney, Gawn, Sylvia Best Ablett, Bennell, Smith, Brennan, Thompson, Prestia
McDonald (shoulder) Injuries Brennan (concussion), Murphy (concussion)
Colin Sylvia reported for high contact against Jared Brennan in the third quarter Reports
  • Melbourne whom were undefeated against Gold Coast began the game as narrow favourites at home despite receiving humiliating losses in 4 of their first 6 games.
  • Gold Coast did most of the attacking early in the game on a Melbourne side plagued with key injuries, however were unable to amount their efforts on the score board.
  • Gold Coast however managed to run away with the game late in the first quarter when they all of a sudden piled on 5 goals to 0. From there they didn't look back as they opened up a 37-point lead at half time.
  • Melbourne staged a mini-comeback in the third quarter, however this was easily countered by the strength and speed of the maturing Gold Coast side led by Gary Ablett.
  • Gold Coast won by their largest margin of 60 points to date in their short history. They not only out-disposed Melbourne 410-309, but they also managed to evade Melbourne's tackling with strength and agility to trash them in the tackle count 71-38.

Debut(s) for MFC: Chris Dawes Collingwood
Milestone(s): James Strauss (1st AFL goal)
Brownlow Votes: Gary Ablett 3 votes (Gold Coast), Dion Prestia 2 votes (Gold Coast), Harley Bennell 1 vote (Gold Coast)
Record: 1 Win, 6 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Aaron Davey Increase Dean Kent Decrease

Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Sunday, 19 May (3:15 pm) Richmond def. Melbourne MCG (crowd: 39,148) [11]
2.4 (16)
7.9 (51)
12.14 (86)
15.16 (106)
3.0 (18)
7.2 (44)
10.4 (64)
11.6 (72)
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Riewoldt 3, Martin 3, King 2, Deledio, Nahas, Ellis, Vlastuin, Morris, White, Chaplin Goals Davey 3, Dawes 2, Dunn 2, Nicholson, Bail, Howe, Evans
Ellis, Vlastuin, S. Edwards, Deledio, Grigg, Houli Best Davey, N. Jones, Magner, Terlich, M. Jones
Injuries Toumpas (ankle)
  • After a humiliating 60-point loss to Gold Coast at home which saw club great Garry Lyon claimed that Mark Neeld's position as head coach should come under "heavy review," Melbourne responded against Richmond with far better defensive pressure, disposal efficiency and more hit outs.
  • Melbourne's improved performance saw them lead at the end of the first quarter for only the second time in 2013 as well hold onto an 8-point deficit at half time.
  • After half time Richmond's improved ball use, speed and accuracy down the corridor saw them dominate the inside 50 count 53 to 34 and they were able to capitalize with a 34-point victory. However to Melbourne's credit they did not shut-down when Richmond improved their ball use. They maintained their defensive pressure and didn't allow the margin to blow out to a larger deficit.

Brownlow Votes: Brandon Ellis 3 votes (Richmond), Aaron Davey 2 votes (Melbourne), Nick Vlastuin 1 vote (Richmond)
Record: 1 Win, 7 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Rohan Bail Increase Jimmy Toumpas Decrease

Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Sunday, 26 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle def. Melbourne Patersons Stadium (crowd: 32,950) [12]
7.5 (47)
13.7 (85)
15.11 (101)
19.16 (130)
1.1 (7)
2.2 (14)
5.3 (33)
6.4 (40)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Mzungu 3, Ballantyne 3, Mayne 2, Crozier 2, D. Pearce 2, Hannath, Crowley, Silvagni, Fyfe, Barlow, Mundy, Ibbotson Goals Trengove 2, Howe 2, Watts, M. Jones
Mundy, Ibbotson, Spurr, D. Pearce, Fyfe, Barlow, Mzungu Best Howe, Trengove, N. Jones, McKenzie
Injuries Terlich (ribs)
Silvagni (rough conduct) Reports
  • Jack Watts managed to score the first goal for Melbourne in their only game in Subiaco for 2013. However Fremantle was easily able to inflict their high intensity tackling pressure on Melbourne to create easy turnovers to score 13 consecutive goals soon after. They headed into the long break leading by 71 points.
  • Fremantle temporarily eased their pressure in the third quarter allowing Jack Trengove and Jeremy Howe to score multiple goals for Melbourne and allowed them to win the third quarter. However Fremantle were able to force Melbourne into a high turnover rate again in the final quarter and inflict their second consecutive thrashing over them at Subiaco.
  • Fremantle's intense tackling pressure allowed them to dominate the possession count 471-306 and the inside 50 count 54-25.

Brownlow Votes: David Mundy 3 votes (Fremantle), Garrick Ibbotson 2 votes (Fremantle), Nathan Fyfe 1 vote (Fremantle)
Record: 1 Win, 8 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Rohan Bail Increase Neville Jetta Decrease

Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Sunday, 2 June (3:15 pm) Melbourne def. by Hawthorn MCG (crowd: 28,546) [13]
0.3 (3)
1.7 (13)
5.10 (40)
6.12 (48)
3.9 (27)
12.10 (82)
14.14 (98)
21.17 (143)
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Howe, Dawes, Watts, Davey, Kent, Evans Goals Breust 5, Roughead 3, Hill 2, Smith 2, Franklin 2, Puopolo 2, Lewis, Burgoyne, Birchall, Grimley, Simpkin
Dawes, N. Jones, Frawley, Rodan Best Sewell, Breust, Burgoyne, Lewis, Smith, Mitchell
  • Despite premiership favourites Hawthorn kicking extremely inaccurately in front of goal in the first quarter, Melbourne were completely out-classed and out-powered in the first half of the game by them being tarnished 12 goals to 1.
  • For the second consecutive game Melbourne controlled the onslaught in the third quarter and won in 4 goals to 2 to cut the margin back to 58 points. However Hawthorn would find re-lift their work rate in the final quarter to blow the margin out past 100 points.
  • A very late goal running in from 50 metres by Michael Evans ensured that the margin fell back into double figures and ensure that Melbourne didn't lose their second game by 100+ points in 2013.

Brownlow Votes: Brad Sewell 3 votes (Hawthorn), Luke Breust 2 votes (Hawthorn), Jordan Lewis 1 vote (Hawthorn)
Record: 1 Win, 9 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Luke Tapscott Increase Matt Jones Decrease

Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Monday, 10 June (3:15 pm) Melbourne def. by Collingwood MCG (crowd: 50,835) [14]
1.5 (11)
1.7 (13)
3.9 (27)
5.9 (39)
1.6 (12)
7.11 (53)
12.15 (87)
17.20 (122)
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Trengove 2, Davey 2, Blease Goals Cloke 3, Martin 3, Kennedy 3, J. Thomas 2, Didak, Lynch, Pendlebury, O'Brien, Swan, Macaffer
Garland, McDonald, M. Jones, Terlich, N. Jones, Toumpas Best Swan, Ball, Shaw, Pendlebury, J. Thomas, O'Brien
Dawes (ankle), McKenzie (lacerated face) Injuries
  • After strong speculation that Mark Neeld would be sacked from his senior coaching role in a scheduled board meeting which turned out not to happen a week earlier, Melbourne put a gutsy first quarter effort into their annual Queen's Birthday clash against Collingwood.
  • Melbourne managed to control the tempo of the game in the latter period of the first quarter with proficient ball use around the boundary-line. However they were wasteful with their opportunities and allowed Collingwood to head into quarter time with a 1-point lead.
  • From the second quarter onwards Collingwood would dictate play into their own hands as they managed to kick 11 consecutive goals to run away with the game. Melbourne did not score their next goal until late in the third quarter.
  • Collingwood's highly efficient ball use ensured that they managed to out-tackle Melbourne 57-43 despite dominating the possession count 430-340. Furthermore their intense forward pressure ensured that they won the inside 50 count 66-35.
  • The crowd of 50,835 was the lowest annual Queen's Birthday clash crowd recorded since Melbourne began regularly hosting Collingwood on that holiday since 2001.

Brownlow Votes: Dane Swan 3 votes (Collingwood), Scott Pendlebury 2 votes (Collingwood), Josh Thomas 1 vote (Collingwood)
Record: 1 Win, 10 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Luke Tapscott Increase Chris Dawes Decrease

Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Bye: Melbourne
  • 2 major personnel replacements for the Melbourne Football Club occurred during the weekend which Melbourne had the bye.
  • On Friday 14 June, Melbourne president Don McLardy announced his intentions to resign from his role in order to gain the time to focus on his business sales. He also announced his intentions to resign from his role as president of the Reach Foundation.[17] Peter Spargo would take over as interim president.
  • On Monday 17 June, new CEO Peter Jackson and Peter Spargo announced the sacking of senior coach Mark Neeld after only 33 games with a winning percentage of 15%. Former Adelaide senior coach Neil Craig was announced as caretaker coach for the remainder of the season.[16]

Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Saturday, 22 June (4:40 pm) St Kilda def. Melbourne MCG (crowd: 28,571) [15]
7.2 (44)
10.4 (63)
15.6 (96)
16.8 (104)
3.0 (18)
5.4 (34)
7.5 (47)
10.9 (69)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Riewoldt 3, Koschitzke 2, Ray 2, Jones, Dennis-Lane, Montagna, Ross, Dempster, Armitage, Milera, Geary Goals Watts 2, Howe 2, Kent, Blease, Dawes, N. Jones, Byrnes, Fitzpatrick
Montagna, Steven, Ray, Roberton, Dal Santo, Gwilt Best Garland, N. Jones, Blease, Dawes, McDonald, Spencer, Clisby
Fisher (foot) replaced in selected side by Murdoch, McEvoy (concussion) Injuries
Reports Jake Spencer reported for head-high frontal contact against Ben McEvoy in the second quarter
  • New caretaker coach and former Adelaide senior coach Neil Craig made his senior coaching debut for Melbourne.
  • Despite Melbourne conceding the first 3 goals of the game early in the first quarter, they did not allow the margin to blow out and were able to restrict St Kilda's contested ball use in an effective fashion.
  • In the latter 3 quarters of the game, Melbourne were able to use the ball more effectively through the midfield than St Kilda would. However they were unable to capitalize their opportunities inside their forward 50.
  • Melbourne managed to win the inside 50 count 46-45 as they were able to wrestle a 47-point three quarter time defect back to a 35-point loss.

Debut(s): Mitch Clisby
Brownlow Votes: Leigh Montagna 3 votes (St Kilda), Nathan Jones 2 votes (Melbourne), Jack Steven 1 vote (St Kilda)
Record: 1 Win, 11 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Daniel Nicholson Increase Chris Dawes Decrease

Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Saturday, 29 June (7:40 pm) Melbourne def. Western Bulldogs MCG (crowd: 21,217) [16]
3.5 (23)
8.8 (56)
12.12 (84)
15.13 (103)
2.2 (14)
4.6 (30)
6.9 (45)
15.10 (100)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Watts 4, Dawes 3, Fitzpatrick 2, Howe 2, N. Jones, Gawn, Rodan, Blease Goals Giansiracusa 3, Griffen 3, Cooney 3, Cordy 2, Macrae, Dahlhaus, Minson, Dickson
Terlich, Trengove, N. Jones, McDonald, Watts, James Frawley, Clisby Best Liberatore, Murphy, Giansiracusa, Minson, Griffen, Macrae
Blease (ankle) Injuries
  • After a slow first quarter with neither side properly capitalizing on their scoring opportunities, Melbourne began to play a simple attacking, one-on-one style of football down the corridor with players diverging to all parts of the ground. Melbourne managed to out run the Bulldogs when they had possession of the ball and manipulated the Bulldogs into turnovers when they didn't have possession of the ball.
  • Melbourne's break-away second quarter allowed them to lead at half time for the first time in the season as well as the first time since Round 21, 2012.
  • After Melbourne managed to continue utilizing their new game-style throughout the second half, they built up a 44-point lead 13 minutes into the final quarter. However as Melbourne began to ease their pressure, the Bulldogs made a sudden and rapid comeback.
  • The Bulldogs managed to score 7 unanswered goals to cut the margin back to 2 points with 2 minutes remaining in the final quarter.
  • With another sudden clearance and inside 50 created by the Bulldogs to finally snatch back the lead, Jack Watts took a game-saving contested mark in the back line and passed it to Colin Sylvia who ran the ball forward through the corridor where it was kicked through for a behind.
  • The behind scored ensured Melbourne had enough time to re-settle and prevent another goal from being scored to eventually win the game.
  • Melbourne's won their first game against the Western Bulldogs since Round 19, 2007. This was also their first win against a non-expansion team since Round 10, 2012, and their first win against a Victorian side other than Essendon or Richmond since Round 22, 2007.

Brownlow Votes: Jack Watts 3 votes (Melbourne), Ryan Griffen 2 votes (Western Bulldogs), Tom Liberatore 1 vote (Western Bulldogs)
Record: 2 Wins, 11 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Shannon Byrnes Increase Sam Blease Decrease

Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Sunday, 7 July (1:10 pm) Melbourne def. by Sydney MCG (crowd: 26,216) [17]
3.1 (19)
5.2 (32)
8.5 (53)
13.7 (85)
5.3 (33)
9.13 (67)
13.18 (96)
16.20 (116)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Fitzpatrick 3, Howe 2, Watts 2, Dawes 2, Nicholson, N. Jones, Trengove, Davey Goals B. Jack 4, Tippett 2, Bird 2, Everitt, Pyke, Parker, Mitchell, K. Jack, O'Keefe, McVeigh, Lamb
Terlich, Fitzpatrick, N. Jones, Trengove, McDonald, Gawn Best K. Jack, O'Keefe, Kennedy, Mitchell, McVeigh, Bird, B. Jack
Frawley (hamstring) Injuries Reid (quad)
  • Despite reigning premiers Sydney kicking the first 3 goals of the game, Melbourne were able to take some of their new found form from the previous week into the game and prevent Sydney from blowing out the game.
  • Unlike previous games of the season Melbourne were able to make the most of their opportunities in the forward line scoring 20 scoring shots from 36 inside 50s.
  • The midfield game-play was dominated by Sydney as they easily won the clearance count 45-25, the hit-out count 53-33, the inside 50 count 62-36 and the contested possession count 156-117. However Melbourne's strong defensive pressure allowed Sydney to be inefficient in converting scoring opportunities into goals and they kept the losing margin to a respectable level of 31 points.

Brownlow Votes: Kieren Jack 3 votes (Sydney), Jarrad McVeigh 2 votes (Sydney), Dean Terlich 1 vote (Melbourne)
Record: 2 Wins, 12 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Shannon Byrnes Increase James Frawley Decrease

Round 16[edit]

Round 16
Saturday, 13 July (2:10 pm) Geelong def. Melbourne Simonds Stadium (crowd: 23,172) [18]
4.5 (29)
7.10 (52)
11.12 (78)
13.20 (98)
1.2 (8)
2.4 (16)
3.5 (23)
4.6 (30)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Horlin-Smith 2, Caddy 2, Hawkins 2, Podsiadly 2, Stringer, Duncan, Smedts, Motlop Goals Byrnes 2, Dawes, Howe
Selwood, Johnson, Kelly, Caddy, Podsiadly Best Byrnes, M. Jones, N. Jones, Garland
  • In very wet conditions, Melbourne started the game strongly leading the inside 50 count 8-5 halfway through the first quarter. However as the game continued to Geelong's much larger players began to dominate.
  • Much of the game was spent in Geelong's attacking half as Melbourne's younger midfielders struggled to move the ball forward.
  • By the end of the game Geelong dominated Melbourne with the inside 50 count 70-19. The inside 50 count differential of 51 was the largest recorded since the statistic was first measured in 1999.
  • Melbourne's inside 50 count of 19 was also the lowest recorded since the statistic was measured.
  • Melbourne's final score of 30 points was their equal lowest score at Kardinia Park.
  • Despite the lowly records Melbourne acheved in the game, Geelong's wayward kicking of 2.8 in the final quarter ensured that Melbourne would not concede 100+ points for the first time in the season.

Milestone(s): Nathan Jones (150th AFL game), Colin Sylvia (150th AFL game), Jeremy Howe (50th AFL game)
Brownlow Votes: Steve Johnson 3 votes (Geelong), Joel Selwood 2 votes (Geelong), Nathan Jones 1 vote (Melbourne)
Record: 2 Wins, 13 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Jack Fitzpatrick Increase Sam Blease Decrease

Round 17[edit]

Round 17
Saturday, 20 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne def. by Brisbane Lions TIO Stadium (crowd: 7,615) [19]
5.1 (31)
6.5 (41)
10.7 (67)
11.9 (75)
3.4 (22)
8.5 (53)
11.12 (78)
13.16 (94)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Fitzpatrick 4, Davey 2, Blease 2, Byrnes, N. Jones, Dawes Goals Staker 3, Green 3, Merrett 2, Redden 2, Lisle, Mayes, Zorko
Viney, Sylvia, Davey, Byrnes, Grimes, Fitzpatrick Best Rockliff, Redden, Hanley, Merrett, Staker, Leuenberger
Garland (ankle) Injuries Brown (hip), Golby, Lisle, Docherty
  • In typical humid and tropical conditions, the Brisbane Lions appeared to dominate most of the ball in the first quarter, however they were unable to make the most of their opportunities. Meanwhile Melbourne were able to transition the ball rapidly from their defensive 50 to their attacking 50 to score 5 goals, 3 of which came from Jack Fitzpatrick.
  • The Brisbane Lions were able to cut off Melbourne's rapid transitioning from the second quarter onwards and as a result take the lead and create a comfortable margin.
  • Midway through the third quarter when Melbourne were 19 points down, they created a mini comeback by winning more of the clearances and hard ball gets to cut the margin back to 6 points late in the third quarter.
  • Despite Melbourne winning the contested ball statistics, they were unable to score on their created opportunities much further and allow Brisbane to score on their limited opportunities and eventually lose by 20 points.

Brownlow Votes: Tom Rockliff 3 votes (Brisbane Lions), Pearce Hanley 2 votes (Brisbane Lions), Jack Redden 1 vote (Brisbane Lions)
Record: 2 Wins, 14 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Jimmy Toumpas Increase Dean Kent Decrease

Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Saturday, 27 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne def. by North Melbourne Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,959) [20]
1.0 (6)
3.2 (20)
4.4 (28)
4.4 (28)
3.5 (23)
6.9 (45)
14.12 (96)
22.18 (150)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Tapscott, Fitzpatrick, Dawes, Byrnes Goals Bastinac 4, Black 4, Wells 2, Adams 2, Cunnington 2, Petrie 2, Mullett 2, Goldstein 2, Harvey, Ziebell
N. Jones, Sylvia, McDonald, Gawn Dunn, Toumpas Best Goldstein, Cunnington, Harvey, Hansen, Thompson, Bastinac, Adams, Ziebell
Injuries Swallow (Achilles)
  • With decent performances for the past 5 games under Neil Craig, Melbourne would start strongly by kicking the first goal of the game. However North Melbourne's midfield and forward pressure would be so intense that Melbourne wouldn't register another inside 50 until the end of the game.
  • Despite North Melbourne's shell shocking tackling and pressure on Melbourne, they were very wasteful in front of goal and they eventually allowed Melbourne back into the game by conceding consecutive goals to narrow the margin back to 12 points.
  • From that point on North Melbourne would hammer Melbourne in all departments of the ground and score 18 goals to 1 which included the final 8 goals of the game without a single score from Melbourne to win by easily over 100 points.
  • North Melbourne's combination of dominating pressure when they didn't have possession of the ball and patient short kicking up the ground when they did allowed them to annihilate key statistical measurements. This included the possession count 439-290, inside 50 count 66-30, hit-out count 59-33, clearance count 49-27 and the contested possession count 154-106.
  • This was the first time that Melbourne lost a premiership match at Docklands Stadium by over 100 points.

Brownlow Votes: Ben Cunnington 3 votes (North Melbourne), Todd Goldstein 2 votes (North Melbourne), Brent Harvey 1 vote (North Melbourne)
Record: 2 Wins, 15 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Dean Kent Increase Aaron Davey Decrease

Round 19[edit]

Round 19
Sunday, 3 August (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney def. Melbourne Skoda Stadium (crowd: 8,308) [21]
5.1 (31)
9.3 (57)
12.7 (79)
19.10 (124)
4.3 (27)
5.8 (38)
9.12 (66)
12.15 (87)
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Cameron 4, Ward 4, Smith 3, Whitfield 2, Giles 2, Tomlinson, Adams, Bugg, Shiel Goals Watts 2, Kent 2, Fitzpatrick 2, Howe, Spencer, Clisby, Trengove, Pedersen, Byrnes
Ward, Whitfield, Scully, Treloar, Hampton, Smith, Bruce, Cameron Best N. Jones, Clisby, Pedersen, Viney, M. Jones, Kent
  • Despite Greater Western Sydney being win-less for the season, they entered as favourites heading into the match due to their decent performances in recent in weeks.
  • Melbourne opened up a 13-point lead heading into quarter time, however Greater Western Sydney were able to kick 3 rapid goals to snatch the lead at quarter time.
  • With both sides evenly poised on the field, Melbourne's inaccuracy in front of goal came at a great expense as Greater Western Sydney were able to open up a 28-point lead heading into 3 quarter time, however Melbourne began to stage a comeback to quickly close the margin to 13 points,
  • Unlike the game in Round 4, Greater Western Sydney ensured Melbourne's comeback was short lived and maximised their intensity in the final quarter to run away with the game by 37 points.
  • Greater Western Sydney's win was their first and only for 2013 and their first win since Round 19, 2012.
  • Melbourne's loss was their first against Greater Western Sydney as they became only the second team after Port Adelaide to register losses against both expansion teams.

Milestone(s): Mitch Clisby (1st AFL goal)
Brownlow Votes: Callan Ward 3 votes (Greater Western Sydney), Tom Scully 2 votes (Greater Western Sydney), Lachie Whitfield 1 vote (Greater Western Sydney)
Record: 2 Wins, 16 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Aaron Davey Increase Max Gawn Decrease

Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Saturday, 10 August (7:40 pm) Gold Coast def. Melbourne Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,840) [22]
2.4 (16)
5.9 (39)
10.11 (71)
13.12 (90)
3.2 (20)
5.6 (36)
8.11 (59)
10.17 (77)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Brown 3, Sumner 2, Ablett, Hall, Dixon, Swallow, Thompson, Bennell, Day, Stanley Goals Watts 2, Kent 2, Sylvia, Byrnes, Fitzpatrick, Tapscott, Davey, McKenzie
Swallow, Bennell, Prestia, Brown, O'Meara, Thompson Best Viney, Sylvia, N. Jones, McKenzie, Garland
Bock (leg), Sexton (shoulder), Day (hamstring) Injuries
  • With Gary Ablett playing his 250th AFL game and Gold Coast playing dominant football at home against the Victorian teams they were placed as overwhelming favourite against Melbourne.
  • Melbourne surprisingly were able to play with speed down the corridor to Gold Coast's surprise and take out a lead at quarter time.
  • Gold Coast were able to wrestle their way back into the game despite the growing number of injuries to their bench.
  • With 3 quarter time approaching and Melbourne dominating much of the contested possessions and inside 50s to lead by 6 points, Gold Coast kicked 3 sudden goals just before 3 quarter time and another 3 sudden goals just after 3 quarter time to run away with a 27-point lead.
  • After Gold Coast's attacking surge ended, Melbourne would again control much of the contested possessions and scoring opportunities. However their poor accuracy in front of goal restricted them to adding only another 2 goals at the end of the game in junk time.
  • Heavy tagging work from Jordie McKenzie, Colin Garland and Mitch Clisby restricted Gary Ablett's impact on the game as he was only able to gain 19 possessions and a goal in his milestone game.

Debut(s): Troy Davis
Brownlow Votes: Harley Bennell 3 votes (Gold Coast), Jack Viney 2 votes (Melbourne), David Swallow 1 vote (Gold Coast)
Record: 2 Wins, 17 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Aaron Davey Increase Daniel Nicholson Decrease

Round 21[edit]

Round 21
Sunday, 18 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne def. by Fremantle MCG (crowd: 13,768) [23]
0.2 (2)
4.5 (29)
5.5 (35)
5.8 (38)
4.5 (29)
9.6 (60)
14.11 (95)
20.13 (133)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Kent, Howe, Davis, Viney, Fitzpatrick Goals Ballantyne 4, Pavlich 4, Hill 2, Mayne 2, Sandilands, Silvagni, Walters, Clarke, Sheridan, Spurr, Fyfe, D. Pearce
Viney, Trengove, McDonald, M. Jones Best D. Pearce, Barlow, Mundy, Hill, Mzungu, Crowley, Clarke
Blease (leg), Strauss (shoulder), Byrnes (foot) Injuries Sandilands (concussion), Ballantyne (shoulder)
  • In front of a small crowd of less than 14,000 people, Fremantle's immense defensive structures would completely maul Melbourne's midfield from moving the ball forward as they recorded the first 16 inside 50s before Melbourne could register a score.
  • Fremantle's steady margin building via heavy defence in the first quarter was eventually boosted by a string of 5 consecutive goals in the second quarter as they rapidly turned a 20-point margin into a 50-point margin.
  • Melbourne were able eventually respond to Fremantle's 5 goal surge by kicking 3 straight goals towards the end of the second quarter. However they were only able to score one more goal for the second half as Fremantle's brand of shut-down football allowed them to dominate the possession and movement of the ball to score 11 more one more goals for the second half.
  • Melbourne received their lowest score and heaviest loss in their history against Fremantle beating the record set earlier in the season in Round 9.
  • Melbourne's 95-point loss meant that they were annihilated in all 3 meetings against the Western Australian teams by 90+ points.

Milestone(s): Troy Davis (1st AFL goal), Jack Viney (Rising Star round nominee)
Brownlow Votes: David Mundy 3 votes (Fremantle), Danyle Pearce 2 votes (Fremantle), Zac Clarke 1 vote (Fremantle)
Record: 2 Wins, 18 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Aaron Davey Increase Sam Blease Decrease

Round 22[edit]

Round 22
Saturday, 24 August (1:15 pm) Adelaide def. Melbourne AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,643) [24]
1.2 (8)
7.4 (46)
11.8 (74)
18.12 (120)
2.3 (15)
4.5 (29)
5.9 (39)
7.10 (52)
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Johnston 6, Callinan 2, Douglas 2, Jacobs, Kerridge, S. Thompson, Talia, Dangerfield, van Berlo, Otten, Grigg Goals Howe 2, Watts 2, Sylvia 2, Tapscott
S. Thompson, Laird, Johnston, Kerridge, Sloane, Crouch Best M. Jones, N. Jones, Toumpas, Dunn, Terlich, Trengove
Talia (back) Injuries Rodan (ankle), Howe (cut face)
  • Neil Craig's second last game as caretaker coach for Melbourne was against his old side Adelaide.
  • This was the last game held at Football Park for both Adelaide and Melbourne, before Adelaide Oval became the new primary venue to host AFL games in South Australia beginning from 2014.
  • Melbourne's last game at Football Park was also their first game there since Round 13, 2010.
  • In front of a large crowd, Melbourne would silence them early when they made the most of their limited inside 50 opportunities to take a rare interstate lead into quarter time.
  • Adelaide however would begin to dominate the clearance in the second quarter and get the crowd involved to score a string of 6 consecutive goals in the second quarter and take a lead of 30 points.
  • 2 late goals in the second quarter from Melbourne re-stabilized the match throughout the third quarter as Adelaide were only able to score 4 goals to 1 despite them dominating the inside 50 and hard ball get count.
  • 2 quick goals in the final quarter reduced the margin down to 23 points as a close finish looked set to occur. However Adelaide had the last laugh when they piled on the last 7 goals of the game with the crowd finding their voice again to thrash Melbourne by 68 points.
  • Melbourne's miserable record at the ground ended with 5 wins and 24 losses which included an unbroken drought stemming back to Round 2, 2001.

Brownlow Votes: Scott Thompson 3 votes (Adelaide), Lewis Johnston 2 votes (Adelaide), Brad Crouch 1 vote (Adelaide)
Record: 2 Wins, 19 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Aaron Davey Increase David Rodan Decrease

Round 23[edit]

Round 23
Sunday, 1 September (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs def. Melbourne Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,176) [25]
4.3 (27)
13.6 (84)
14.8 (92)
16.11 (107)
4.5 (29)
6.5 (41)
9.7 (61)
13.9 (87)
Television broadcast: Fox Footy
Dickson 3, Hunter 2, Cooney 2, Jones 2, Wallis, Grant, Cross, Liberatore, Minson Goals Watts 4, Kent 2, N. Jones, Garland, Howe, Sellar, Viney, M. Jones, Dunn
Liberatore, Murphy, Minson, Cooney, Hunter, Boyd Best Trengove, Viney, Garland, Watts, Frawley
Giansiracusa (ankle) Injuries Dawes (calf)
  • In the final game of a disastrous season, Melbourne were able to attack early in the game scoring 3 consecutive goals and lead by 2 points at half time.
  • After Melbourne kicked the first goal of the second quarter, the Western Bulldogs blew the game away much with a scoring frenzy much like one they created in the final quarter of their Round 14 clash by scoring 9 consecutive goals to create a 43-point lead at half time.
  • The pace of the game slowed down in the third quarter and after the Western Bulldogs kicked the first major of the second half. Melbourne all of a sudden responded with 3 quick goals to downgrade the deficit to 31 points.
  • Melbourne were able to score the first 2 goals of the final quarter, however were unable to cut the margin back as they were only able to fix half of the damage created in the second quarters to lose by 20 points.
  • Aaron Davey played his last AFL game in this match and retired straight afterwards.

Brownlow Votes: Matthew Boyd 3 votes (Western Bulldogs), Adam Cooney 2 votes (Western Bulldogs), Tom Liberatore 1 vote (Western Bulldogs)
Record: 2 Wins, 20 Losses, 0 Draws
Ladder Position: 17th
Substitutes: Luke Tapscott Increase Max Gawn Decrease


2013 AFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA  % Pts
1 Hawthorn (P) 22 19 3 0 2523 1859 135.72 76
2 Geelong 22 18 4 0 2409 1776 135.64 72
3 Fremantle 22 16 5 1 2035 1518 134.06 66
4 Sydney 22 15 6 1 2244 1694 132.47 62
5 Richmond 22 15 7 0 2154 1754 122.81 60
6 Collingwood 22 14 8 0 2148 1868 114.99 56
7 Port Adelaide 22 12 10 0 2051 2002 102.45 48
8 Carlton 22 11 11 0 2125 1992 106.68 44
9 Essendon 22 14 8 0 2145 2000 107.25 56*
10 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2307 1930 119.53 40
11 Adelaide 22 10 12 0 2064 1909 108.12 40
12 Brisbane Lions 22 10 12 0 1922 2144 89.65 40
13 West Coast 22 9 13 0 2038 2139 95.28 36
14 Gold Coast 22 8 14 0 1918 2091 91.73 32
15 Western Bulldogs 22 8 14 0 1926 2262 85.15 32
16 St Kilda 22 5 17 0 1751 2120 82.59 20
17 Melbourne 22 2 20 0 1455 2691 54.07 8
18 GWS 22 1 21 0 1524 2990 50.97 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against
*Essendon was relegated to ninth due to irregularities in its supplements program during the 2012 season

Ladder breakdown by opposition[edit]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drew Premiership points Points for Points against Percentage (%)
Greater Western Sydney 2 1 1 0 4 231 227 101.76
Western Bulldogs 2 1 1 0 4 190 207 91.79
Brisbane Lions 2 0 2 0 0 169 216 78.24
Sydney 1 0 1 0 0 85 116 73.28
Richmond 1 0 1 0 0 72 106 67.92
St Kilda 1 0 1 0 0 69 104 66.35
Gold Coast 2 0 2 0 0 131 204 64.22
Carlton 1 0 1 0 0 60 121 49.59
West Coast 1 0 1 0 0 83 177 46.89
Adelaide 1 0 1 0 0 52 120 43.33
Port Adelaide 1 0 1 0 0 54 133 40.60
Hawthorn 1 0 1 0 0 48 143 33.57
Collingwood 1 0 1 0 0 39 122 31.97
Geelong 1 0 1 0 0 30 98 30.31
Fremantle 2 0 2 0 0 78 263 29.66
Essendon 1 0 1 0 0 36 184 19.56
North Melbourne 1 0 1 0 0 28 150 18.67
Total 22 2 20 0 8 1455 2691 54.07

Football Department and Board Restructure[edit]

2013 was Melbourne's worst season in a horrible string of seasons dating back to 2007. As a result, many Melbourne personnel who were part of the Jim Stynes-led board or football department originating back to 2008 either resigned or were dismissed from their positions. Because many personnel were in the midst of their contracts, they required large pay-outs which Melbourne couldn't financially cope with.

On 19 February 2013, Melbourne were found not guilty from their tanking scandal originating from 2009. However, they received a $500,000 fine as the employers of the General Manager of Football Operations Chris Connolly and former Melbourne senior coach Dean Bailey, both of whom were found guilty in the investigation.[18] Chris Connolly, who was still working at the Melbourne Football Club at the time the suspension was handed out received a 12-month suspension which prevented him from being involved at any club until 1 February 2014.[19]

On 10 April 2013, four days after Melbourne's 148-point loss against Essendon, Cameron Schwab was asked to leave from his position as CEO after he originally had his contract renewed for a three-year term from 27 August by Don McLardy. Cameron Schwab accepted,[20][21] and received an approximate $250,000 payout. Peter Spargo then took over as interim CEO[22] before former Essendon CEO Peter Jackson took over the role on an interim basis for six months from 1 May 2013.[23]

On 31 May 2013, Chris Connolly was given a two-year contract extension despite being in the process of serving his suspension.[24]

On 3 June 2013, after a marathon scheduled board meeting in which Mark Neeld was speculated to be sacked from his role as Melbourne senior coach, Peter Jackson announced his findings from his first month as operating CEO of the club. He then proceeded to announce his recommendations to the club and agree to a contract extension until the end of 2014 to help carry out those recommendations.[25] Neeld survived this board meeting.

On 6 June 2013, former Victorian Premier and former Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett claimed that he had been approached by the Melbourne Football Club board to take over as Melbourne President and encouraged on supporters to call and extraordinary general meeting to oust Don McLardy.[26]

On 14 June 2013, Peter Jackson and Don McLardy made a plea to the AFL to receive emergency funding in order to reshape the entire board and football department on the condition that they provided a detailed plan that would be strictly carried through. This included the removal of several key personnel, the prevention of Jeff Kennett's campaign as Melbourne president from becoming successful and the prevention of Stephen Dank's alleged text message to Melbourne's Football Department as part of Essendon's drug scandal from having any immediate impact on the funds received.[27]

Also on 14 June 2013, Don McLardy announced his resignation as Melbourne Football Club president as well as the president of the Reach Foundation. Peter Spargo took over the role as Melbourne's interim president.[17] In addition, Stuart Grimshaw resigned from his role on Melbourne's board.[28]

On 17 June 2013, Peter Jackson announced the immediate termination of Mark Neeld's role as Melbourne senior coach only eighteen months into his three-year contract. He received a payout of around $600,000.[29] Former Adelaide senior coach Neil Craig would take over as Melbourne's interim senior coach for the rest of the season.[16]

On 25 June 2013, Melbourne's list manager Tim Harrington would have his contract terminated as Peter Jackson also advertised the new role of General Manager of Football Operations.[30]

On 26 June 2013, Melbourne's vice-president Guy Jalland announced his resignation from the board.[31] 3 days later on 29 June 2013, Karen Hayes also announced her resignation from the board.[32]

On 11 July 2013, Peter Jackson announced his intention to snare former Sydney Swans and 2005 premiership coach Paul Roos to become the new senior coach of the Melbourne Football Club from 2014 onwards.[33] Paul Roos however claimed that he had not warmed up to the idea for a return to senior-coaching.

On 12 July 2013, former West Coast player and Bernie Naylor Medallist Glen Bartlett joined the Board of the Melbourne Football Club.[34]

On 17 July 2013, the AFL finally gave a $2,500,000 bail out package for Melbourne to use for their proposed emergency funding.[35]

On 16 August 2013, Glen Bartlett was appointed as the new president of the Melbourne Football Club defeating a bid made by former Victorian Treasurer Alan Stockdale.[36]

On 6 September 2013, Paul Roos was announced as the new senior-coach of the Melbourne Football Club. He signed a $2,000,000 deal for two years with the option of a third year.[37]

On 9 September 2013, Neil Craig announced his intentions to leave the club as he had no new place on Paul Roos' new football department. He was not offered a new contract along with forward-line coach Leigh Brown and midfield coach Brian Royal.[38]

On 2 October 2013, former CEO of VicSport Kate Raffey joined the board as well as former Melbourne footballer Jeremy Nichols on 1 November 2013[39][40]

On 10 October 2013, Chris Connolly had his contract terminated despite signing a two-year extension earlier in the year in order decrease the overall cost of Melbourne's management structure.[41]

Melbourne's horrendous season of poor on-field form, tanking investigations, contract terminations, payouts and complete football department/board restructuring meant that they recorded a net loss of $1,700,000. This included a statutory loss of $3,100,000 with the AFL's bail out funding for 2013 of $1,450,000 not being taken into account.[38]


Brownlow Medal tally[edit]

Player 1 vote games 2 vote games 3 vote games Total votes
Nathan Jones 1 1 1 (6)
Jack Watts 0 0 1 (3)
Shannon Byrnes 0 1 0 (2)
Aaron Davey 0 1 0 (2)
Jack Viney 0 1 0 (2)
Dean Terlich 1 0 0 (1)
Total 2 4 2 (16)

Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal tally (top 10)[edit]

Position Player Votes
1st Nathan Jones 365
2nd Colin Garland 360
3rd Dean Terlich 306
4th Matt Jones 303
5th Colin Sylvia 288
6th Lynden Dunn 270
7th James Frawley 268
8th Jack Trengove 257
9th Jeremy Howe 256
10th Tom McDonald 249

Keith 'Bluey' Truscott TrophyNathan Jones

Sid Anderson Memorial Trophy (Second in the Best and Fairest)Colin Garland

Ron Barassi Snr Memorial Trophy (Third in the Best and Fairest)Dean Terlich

Ivor Warne-Smith Memorial Trophy (Fourth in the Best and Fairest)Matt Jones

Dick Taylor Memorial Trophy (Fifth in the Best and Fairest)Colin Sylvia

Harold Ball Memorial Trophy (Best Young Player)Jack Viney

Troy Broadbridge Trophy (highest polling MFC player in the Casey Best and Fairest)Jesse Hogan

Ron Barassi Leadership AwardColin Garland

Ian Ridley Club Ambassador AwardColin Sylvia

Norm Smith Memorial Trophy (Coach's Award)Jake Spencer

Leading Goalkicker AwardJeremy Howe (28)


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