Melbourne “is back” in the premiership race with a brilliant 58-point win over contenders in Brisbane, and the finals-like game sparked finals-like celebrations at the Gabba.
Captain Max Gawn quickly got his teammates off the ground after his post-match interview where he said he didn’t like talking about last year – instead he was focused on 2022.
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And after a great rendition of the team’s song, cameras inside the venues showed remarkable “Wolf of Wall Street” type celebrations with the players going wild.
While Christian Petracca started off with his hand on a beating heart, everyone got involved with flying drinks.
“They are clearly synonymous with business,” praised Fox Footy’s Nick Riewoldt.
“They took off faster than the other teams in the competition. They are immediately in the rooms.
“It’s as convincing a performance as when they were (undefeated) in round 10.
“The way they celebrated, I think they think they’re back.”
Jonathan Brown said Gawn’s refusal to discuss drought-fighting success in 2021 showed they were in the right headspace.
“They’re not resting on the laurels of last year,” he said.
“They are motivated to continue and win another flag. They were beautiful tonight.
“They look to be preparing well to face Geelong.”
Garry Lyon said the stunning win over Brisbane – Melbourne’s 11th consecutive win – was “a message” to their challengers.
“They’re not done,” he said.
Coach Simon Goodwin said he was “proud” of his players after Friday night’s effort.
“It was just brilliant how the players went about it,” he said.
“To sit in that position and give yourself the chance, as most coaches will say, the season is now over and we’re starting another one.
“We are going to give ourselves the best chance to perform.
“It was a final like a build, an atmosphere like a final.”
The win puts Melbourne in second place, with their final standings awaiting the outcome of Sunday’s St Kilda result against Sydney.
Originally published as ‘They Mean Business’: Demons’ ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ celebrations say it all