A 30-DISPOSAL performance from Jack Viney – after missing just one match with a forced suspension and a fractured knucklebone that was supposed to keep him out for a month – was one of the key reasons in Melbourne’s 46-point win over Collingwood at the MCG on Monday.
The remarkably courageous Viney said he was pleased with his Queen’s Birthday performance, but more that the team got the victory.
“I was pretty happy with it. To come back and be a little bit sore, I was pretty proud of how I went but certainly looking to improve for next week,” he said.
“It was a terrific win by the boys on such a big stage and you couldn’t pick a bad player out there today.
“So to the boys’ credit, we played a terrific game. It certainly had its ups and downs along the way but it felt like the effort was there for four quarters.”
Viney said the team had been touched by Neale Daniher and Cath Baker, who spoke to the players about MND.
“We had two really inspirational talkers come and talk to us that had MND – we had Neale Daniher and Cath Baker throughout the week,” he said.
“So we heard some extremely inspirational stories and no doubt the boys found another level.
“Roosy (Paul Roos) mentioned in the three-quarter time speech that we were certainly paying our respects to those people.”
Viney said Melbourne’s win was difficult to measure against the club’s other wins for the season.
“I have them all equal, all on par,” he said.
“It was good to do it in front of a big crowd and we haven’t won on Queen’s Birthday since 2007, so we’re breaking hoodoos left right and centre.
“Hopefully we can keep up the good work throughout the year.”