Melbourne won the 2021 AFL premiership, they broke a 57 year premiership drought be defeating the Western Bulldogs by 74pts at Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday.
A look back at the Melbourne premiership team provides some intelligence on decisions made in list management over the last decade.
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A total of 17 players were selected by Melbourne through the draft.
Notable draft picks:
2009 – Max Gawn was selected at pick 34, he captained Melbourne to their first premiership in 57 years.
2013 – Christian Salem was selected at pick 9, the Demons traded away pick 2 (Josh Kelly) to the Giants to acquire the selection for Salem. Dom Tyson was also part of this deal.
Trade Detail: Melbourne received Dom Tyson & picks 9 & 53 – GWS received picks 2, 20 & 72.
2014 – Christian Petracca was selected at pick 2, he won the Norm Smith Medal in the 2021 Grand Final.
2014 – Angus Brayshaw was selected at pick 3, this pick was a compensation pick for James Frawley.
2015 – Clayton Oliver was selected at pick 4, the Demons traded their 2016 first round selection into this draft as part of a multi draft pick trade in order to move up to the early pick.
Trade Detail: Melbourne received picks 3, 10 & 43 – Gold Coast received picks 6, 29 & 2016 1st Rd.
2017 – Bayley Fritsch was selected at pick 31, he kicked 6 goals in the 2021 Grand Final. This draft pick was acquired from Port Adelaide in a trade for Jack Watts.
Trade Detail: Melbourne received pick 31 – Port Adelaide received Jack Watts.
2019 – Luke Jackson was selected at pick 3, the Demons dropped to 17th on the ladder in 2019 after playing in a Preliminary Final in 2018.
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A total of 5 players were acquired via a trade:
Michael Hibberd was traded to Melbourne at the end of the 2016 season, he had previously played 84 games for Essendon.
Trade Detail: Melbourne received Michael Hibberd & pick 59 – Essendon received picks 29 & 68.
Jake Lever was traded to Melbourne at the end of the 2017 season, he had previously played 56 games for Adelaide.
Trade Detail: Melbourne received Jake Lever, picks 35, 2018 3rd Rd. – Adelaide received pick 10, 2018 1st Rd, 2018 4th Rd.
Steven May was traded to Melbourne at the end of the 2018 season, he had previously played 123 games for Gold Coast.
Trade Detail: Melbourne received Steven May & Kade Kolodjashnij – Gold Coast received pick 6.
Ed Langdon was traded to Melbourne at the end of the 2019 season, he had previously played 68 games for Fremantle.
Trade Detail: Melbourne received Ed Langdon, pick 26, 2020 4th Rd. – Fremantle received picks 22,79 & 2020 2nd Rd.
Ben Brown was traded to Melbourne at the end of the 2020 season, he had previously played 130 games for Nth Melbourne.
Trade Detail: Melbourne received Ben Brown, pick 28, 2021 4th Rd. – Nth Melbourne received picks 26, 33 & 2021 4th Rd.
The 2014 draft was kind to Melbourne, they acquired Christian Petracca (pick 2) & Angus Brayshaw (pick 3) at the top end of the draft.
Later in the draft the Demons selected Alex Neal-Bullen at pick 40.
Jake Lever was selected by Adelaide at pick 14, he was traded to the Demons at the end of the 2017 season.
Ed Langdon was selected at pick 54 by Fremantle, he was traded to the Demons at the end of the 2019 season.
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The Melbourne premiership team had an average age of 24.5.
There was only one player for Melbourne over the age of 30, Michael Hibberd was 31.
Jake Bowey was the youngest player at 19, he played his 7th game in the 2021 Grand Final.
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