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Club History

In 2009, Melbourne aligned with VFL club, Casey Scorpions, entering a 30-year partnership.

Prior to that, Melbourne had partnered Sandringham in the VFL from 2000-08, after the AFL reserves were abolished at the end of the 1999 season.

Casey, formerly Springvale from 1903-2005, became Casey Scorpions in 2006.

Springvale was initially a standalone team in the revamped VFL in 2000, before it aligned with St Kilda from 2001-08.

From 2009, Melbourne and St Kilda switched their VFL aligned teams. Melbourne partnered with Casey, and St Kilda and Sandringham joined. In the process, Casey Fields became one of Melbourne’s training campuses for its AFL squad.

Having spent the early 2000s at several venues, Springvale came to an arrangement with the City of Casey in 2005, which saw it transfer to the newly-developed Casey Fields, a $30 million, 70-hectare, multi-sports complex in Cranbourne East.

Casey Fields also became home to Casey-South Melbourne Cricket Club in the Victorian Premier Cricket, while other sports such as netball, tennis, cycling, golf and rugby became part of the complex.  

In 2007, in just its second year of operation, a crowd of 10,099 watched Hawthorn and Essendon play an AFL pre-season match at Casey Fields.

Casey Fields has since been used for AFL pre-season matches, with Melbourne playing there regularly in February/March.

In 2010, a $2.1 million project took place at Casey Fields. The VFL pavilion underwent a significant transformation. An AFL-standard gym, physiotherapy area, warm-up room, change rooms and recovery space, including a state-of-the-art refrigerated spa was opened.

Off the field, and for several years, Melbourne and the City of Casey have delivered community partnerships/functions in schools, businesses and sporting clubs at an estimated value of more than $2.3 million per year. For example, the ‘Read Like a Demon’ program has been a genuine success.

Community camps and ‘The Festival of Football’ have also been held by Melbourne in the City of Casey. Melbourne also dedicates one AFL round each year to the City of Casey. 

Melbourne memberships in the City of Casey have increased in recent years, as more local supporters join the club. 

In the lead-up to the 2017 season, Casey Scorpions became Casey Demons to further strengthen its ties with Melbourne.

In 2016-17, Casey made the VFL finals, reaching the Grand Final last year. 

Melbourne’s partnership with Casey continues to go from strength-to-strength, with the Casey Demons, previously Cranbourne, set to play in the 2018 VFL Women’s competition.

The Next Generation Academy is another crucial element of the Melbourne and Casey partnership.

Melbourne and Casey have also increased its resources in recent times with the likes of Peter Maynard (General Manager – Casey Football), Jade Rawlings (Casey Demons Senior Coach) and Kyle Docherty (NGA Manager) recently appointed.

The focus Melbourne has placed on Casey in recent times, particularly this year, has been significant, highlighting the importance of the partnership for 2018 – and the years to come.