August 18, 2022

Melbourne have reached the outright second-longest profitable run in membership historical past by extending their streak to a dozen matches with a 67-point AFL thrashing of GWS.

A dominant 10-goal third quarter was the catalyst because the Demons registered their highest rating of the season within the 19.6 (120) to 7.11 (53) win on the MCG.

Christian Petracca starred with 29 disposals and two targets as Max Gawn, Jack Viney and Clayton Oliver (31 disposals, seven clearances) all shone within the engine room. 

Bayley Fritsch (4 targets) and Kysaiah Pickett (three) fired in assault, whereas Harrison Petty returned from harm to play an influential function alongside rock-solid Steven Might and Jake Lever in executing the Dees’ defensive intercept plan.

Lever got here off late as a precautionary measure due to a foot challenge.

Melbourne’s 12-match profitable run dates again to spherical 20 final yr and consists of the drought-breaking grand closing victory.

However it’s properly in need of the club-record 19 straight victories throughout 1955-56.

Bayley Fritsch led Melbourne’s goal-kicking charts on Saturday, booting 4 majors

Christian Petracca starred with 29 disposals and two goals for the Demons on Saturday

Christian Petracca starred with 29 disposals and two targets for the Demons on Saturday

Demons captain Max Gawn also kicked two majors and racked up 21 disposals

Demons captain Max Gawn additionally kicked two majors and racked up 21 disposals 

The newest efficiency didn’t set hearts racing within the first half however was nonetheless sufficient to blow away GWS, who began strongly across the contest and stoppages however had been wasteful going ahead.

‘Early within the recreation it wasn’t essentially on our phrases and our backs did a unbelievable job of with the ability to take in loads of strain,’ Demons coach Simon Goodwin mentioned.

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‘We had been in a position to get the sport again a bit bit stage within the second quarter after which to place the foot down within the third was excellent.

‘We’re beginning to actually get again to the best way we need to look ahead of centre and it was pleasing to hit the scoreboard.’ 

Tom Green was one of GWS's best performers and finished with 34 disposals, a joint-high

Tom Inexperienced was one in all GWS’s finest performers and completed with 34 disposals, a joint-high

Callan Ward was just as busy for the Giants and he also racked up 34 disposals

Callan Ward was simply as busy for the Giants and he additionally racked up 34 disposals

Umpire backchat might be a sizzling matter of dialogue once more after the Demons had been pinged 50-metres for arguing with a free kick paid to a ducking Bobby Hill for a excessive sort out.

The ensuing objective trimmed the margin to 19 factors, 10 minutes after half-time.

However Pickett nailed the short reply and 4 targets in a seven-minute burst helped the Demons kick away throughout a ten.2 to 2.2 third-quarter demolition.

It was the highest-scoring quarter by any crew this season.

GWS slipped to 15th on the AFL ladder and have now lost four of their first five games

GWS slipped to fifteenth on the AFL ladder and have now misplaced 4 of their first 5 video games

Tom Sparrow’s lunge to knock again a free ball and arrange a objective for Fristch within the closing time period epitomised Melbourne’s superior work charge and desperation.

Tom Inexperienced (35 disposals), Josh Kelly (33) and Callan Ward (34) gained loads of the ball for GWS and Hill completed with two targets.

‘They simply punished us within the third quarter and that’s the disappointing half,’ Giants coach Leon Cameron mentioned.

‘That’s the sport there.

‘There’s loads of indicators that we cracked in for stoppage and contest and entrance half turnovers […] however we didn’t get what we had been after as a result of their defence was so good.

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‘That’s irritating however I’m simply actually, actually dissatisfied in our third quarter.’