The Demons have put their disappointing end to the 2022 season behind them with Mad Monday celebrations at a popular Melbourne pub.
The players gathered at the Sporting Globe Bar & Grill in Richmond to drown their heartaches after a tumultuous season in which Steven May and Jake Melsham were met with internal squabbles and a hilarious meltdown at a team dinner.
It’s the same spot where superstar Dustin Martin groped a topless woman during the Tigers’ season-ending party in 2015.
Many players wore VFL medals after Melbourne’s reserve side, the Casey Demons, won the league grand final on Saturday, but there were no outrageous outfits as the squad mostly wore casual t-shirts and jeans.
That being said, star strikers Ben Brown and Alex Neal-Bulls bizarrely wore swimming goggles for the occasion, for reasons unknown.
Brown appeared to be wearing his daughter’s pink pair and somehow pushed them over his afro, while Neal Bulls took it to the next level by also wearing a rash shirt and board shorts.
No doubt many players were happy that the Brownlow Medal, traditionally scheduled for a Monday evening, was postponed to Sunday to avoid clashing with the Queen’s funeral.
Christian Petracca arrived fresh from sixth place while May also entered the venue.
May was given a one-game ban by the club after getting into a drunken altercation with team-mate Melksham while under concussion protocols.
The highly publicized incident happened at glamorous French restaurant Entrecote in June, when May allegedly taunted Melksham and another team-mate for not attending the team’s historic 2021 Grand Final victory.
Melksham responded by slapping May in the face, with the scenes being slammed by footy fans and the restaurant’s owner.
Luke Dunstan, who played five games for the Demons this season after joining from St Kilda, was pictured arriving at the pub tired after being one of the leading players for Casey in their VFL Finals win.
The 121-game veteran was seen on social media enjoying a cigar after the 32-point triumph over Queensland club Southport.
It’s been a disappointing season for Melbourne after capturing the flag in 2021.
Whilst the club finished the regular season in second place, the side tumbled after the May Melksham fiasco, which came after a 10–0 start.
They won just six of their 12 remaining games and were eliminated in straight sets by Brisbane and Sydney in the final.