“It’s a fail by any stretch.”
These strong words spoken by Melbourne great and Fox Footy commentator Garry Lyon on Monday night will be a statement the Demons will ponder over the off-season.
Simon Goodwin’s team bombed out of the finals in straight-sets – the first time a reigning premier has done so since Hawthorn in 2016.
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The Demons looked primed to defend their premiership title with ease at the beginning of the season, winning their first 10 consecutive matches. They also had a representative on every line in the All-Australian team to showcase their talent and a game plan that looked like it would stand up in the heat of battle again.
After failing to handle the heat against the Swans and not being able to capitalise on their first half dominance…