Melbourne “returned” to the premiership with a 58-point victory over rivals Brisbane, and a grand final led to grand final-style celebrations at the Gabba.
Captain Max Gawn said in his post-match interview that he didn’t want to talk about last year as he quickly got his team-mates off the ground – instead focusing on 2022.
And after a big group sing-along, cameras in the rooms showed a spectacular “Wolf of Wall Street”-like celebration by the players going wild.
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As Christian Petracca started by clapping his hands up, everyone joined in with the drinks flying.
“He obviously means business,” praised Fox Footy’s Nick Riewoldt.
They got off the ground faster than any other team in the competition. They disappeared directly, in the rooms.
“This performance is as convincing as they were (undefeated) in Round 10.
“I think they came back the way they celebrated.”
Jonathan Brown says Goon’s refusal to discuss success in breaking the drought by 2021 shows they are in the right place.
“They’re not on vacation last year,” he said.
“They’re motivated to keep going and win another flag. They were awesome tonight.
They seem to be shaping up nicely to take on Geelong.
Gary Lyon said the win in Brisbane – Melbourne’s 11th straight – was a “message” to their opponents.
“They’re not done,” he said.
Coach Simon Goodwin said he was “proud” of his players after their efforts on Friday night.
“The way the players went about it was brilliant,” he said.
Because many coaches say the season is over and we will start another one.
“We give ourselves the best performance.
“It was a finale as a build-up, as an atmosphere.”
The win lifted Melbourne into second place, with their final spot pending Sunday’s St Kilda clash with Sydney.