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1990

Coach: John Northey
Captain: Greg Healy
Finishing Position: 4th
Best and Fairest: Garry Lyon
Leading Goalkicker: Darren Bennett (87)
Best First Year Player: Rod Keogh
Major Sponsor: Drake
Members: 10,111

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Reserves Under 19's
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The first season of the newly re-branded AFL competition began with high hopes of a Melbourne premiership and the Demons started the season with five straight victories, before losing to the Sydney Swans at the SCG.

Speaking of his side's success in recent years, John Northey praised their unity. "We're a very close club. When there's a club function everyone goes. There's no cliques" he said.

A bad mid-season run with injuries saw the Demons lose five of their seven matches between Round 9 and Round 15, a period eventually ended by a stirring come-from-behind win over Essendon at Windy Hill.

The club did not lose another game before the finals, finishing the season in fourth position on percentage behind eventual premier Collingwood and the West Coast Eagles.

Despite knocking Hawthorn out, winning two weeks in a row in Round 22 and the Elimination Final, the West Coast Eagles bundled Melbourne out in the First Semi-Final, the Demons ruing the chance to win their first senior premiership since 1964. It was the last season for the McIntyre Final Five which had been introduced in 1972.

Melbourne won the McClelland Trophy for the first time since 1958 for having the highest aggregate score between seniors, Reserves and Under 19s who all made the finals. The reserves lost the Grand Final to Carlton.

Rod Keogh won the Gardiner Medal for best player in the Reserves. Teammate Luke Beveridge finished one vote behind in second.

At the end of the season there was an abortive board coup, with Chief Executive Tony King and Finance Director Ralph Lane backing Keith Cheong to replace Stuart Spencer. When the challenge went to the board the vote was tied six-all, leading Spencer to use his casting vote to survive. The issue continued to cause issues behind the scenes for the next 12 months, leading to 13 candidates contesting board elections at the end of 1991.

Practice matches

OpponentResult
Brisbane Bears LOSS61-107
Carlton WIN159-100

Fosters Cup

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 BYE
QF Footscray WIN85-56
SF Essendon LOSS49-96

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 North MelbourneWIN142-89
2 GeelongWIN128-91
3 EssendonWIN122-95
4 FitzroyWIN89-64
5 Brisbane BearsWIN125-61
6 SydneyLOSS93-98
7 West CoastWIN116-61
8 RichmondWIN133-80
9 HawthornLOSS48-92
10 CollingwoodLOSS58-110
11 CarltonWIN99-93
12 FootscrayWIN101-68
13 St. KildaLOSS99-132
14 North MelbourneLOSS73-200
15 GeelongLOSS103-113
16 EssendonWIN114-106
17 FitzroyWIN109-90
18 Brisbane BearsWIN73-60
19 SydneyWIN173-106
20 West CoastWIN139-103
21 RichmondWIN86-50
22 HawthornWIN116-104
EF HawthornWIN73-64
SF West CoastLOSS100-130

Ladder

WDL%P
Essendon1705139.268
Collingwood1606130.264
West Coast1606118.1464
Melbourne1606113.264
Hawthorn1408120.656
North Melbourne12010114.048
Footscray1201099.348
Carlton11011104.144
St. Kilda9013100.636
Geelong801493.732
Richmond701578.628
Fitzroy701578.428
Sydney501770.420
Brisbane401871.416

Exhibition Match

OpponentResultScore
West Coast WIN160-79

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Steve O'Dwyer 15 9
3 Garry Lyon 2113
4 Tony Campbell 1822
5 Earl Spalding 2215
6 Glenn Lovett 103
7 Brian Wilson 1311
8 Graeme Yeats 239
9 Alan Johnson 76
10 Danny Hughes 177
11 Jim Stynes 2411
12 Todd Viney 1512
14 Rod Grinter 135
15 Stephen Tingay 2414
16 Andy Lovell 1217
17 Brett Lovett 247
18 Steven Stretch 238
19 Darren Bennett 2387
21 Steven Febey 236
23 Trevor Spencer 20
24 Luke Beveridge 31
25 Simon Eishold 2022
26 Jay Viney 91
27 Sean Wight 21
28 John Howat 62
29 Andrew Obst 229
30 Dannie Seow 20
31 Rod Keogh 44
32 Steven Clark 37
33 Greg Healy 1311
34 Stephen Newport 188
36 Robert Hickmott 20
37 David Flintoff 64
39 Stuart Cameron 51
41 Peter Rohde 130
45 Ricky Jackson 1026
46 Matthew Mahoney 40
54 Brent Heaver 910

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Garry Lyon 301
2nd Brett Lovett 271
3rd Jim Stynes 259
4th Andrew Obst 203
5th Darren Bennett 196
6th Stephen Tingay 194
7th Steven Stretch 191
8th Graeme Yeats 182
9th Todd Viney 157
10th Steve ODwyer 132
11th Ricky Jackson 120
12th Tony Campbell 119
13th Simon Eishold 116
14th Alan Johnson 102
15th Steven Febey 85
16th Greg Healy 76
17th Stephen Newport 75
18th Brian Wilson 68
19th Peter Rohde 43
20th Glenn Lovett 39
21st Earl Spalding 31
22nd Steven Clark 29
22nd Brent Heaver 29
24th David Flintoff 23
25th Danny Hughes 22
26th Andy Lovell 20
27th Dannie Seow 15
28th Stuart Cameron 14
29th Rod Keogh 10
30th Rod Grinter 7
30th John Howat 7
32nd Jay Viney 5

Other Awards
Best Clubman (Redlegs Trophy) - Peter Rohde
Most Consistent - Brett Lovett
Most Improved - Stephen Tingay
Best Team Player - Simon Eishold
Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 8 Rod Grinter Striking 2 matches
Round 8 Rod Grinter Striking 7 matches
Round 9 Garry Lyon Abusive Language Reprimand
Round 19 Matthew Mahoney Striking Not Guilty
Under 19s Preliminary Final Troy ShannonStrikingUnknown

Reserves

1990 Reserves Season
Best and Fairest - Jay Viney

WDL%P
Carlton1604132.864
Melbourne1604124.764
North Melbourne1505146.560
Fitzroy1217121.950
Footscray1208119.248
Collingwood10010100.240
Geelong901195.036
Brisbane801288.932
Essendon7013102.528
Sydney701388.428
Hawthorn701376.528
St Kilda 611379.726
Richmond401661.816

Finals

RoundOpponentResultScore
QF North Melbourne WIN121-79
SF Carlton LOSS76-166
PF Footscray WIN162-71
GF Carlton LOSS81-99

Under 19s

Best and Fairest - Paul Foot

WDL%P
Essendon1606141.864
Carlton1606134.964
North Melbourne1507149.960
Melbourne1408133.156
Hawthorn 1408115.556
Collingwood1309113.552
Footscray1201095.848
Richmond10012106.840
St Kilda801482.532
Fitzroy601668.624
Sydney501770.320
Geelong301957.912

Finals

RoundOpponentResultScore
EF Hawthorn WIN152-85
SF Carlton WIN117-69
SF Essendon WIN99-96
GF North Melbourne LOSS44-108

Video

Media
Inside Football - 04/04/1990
Age - 24/11/1991

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