MELBOURNE has got its season off to the perfect start with two wins from as many games in 2020.
Former skipper Shelley Scott, who was a major factor in the Dees’ 20-point win over the Dogs on Friday night, was satisfied with the outcome, but knows the team has still got a long way to go.
“It’s hard on a night like tonight because skills are what you want to execute but you can’t always execute,” Scott told Melbourne Media post-game.
“There’s definitely things we’re always willing to work on and keep building from that.”
The Demons were sloppy at times during the rain-affected contest at Whitten Oval, but when the game was there to be won, they came out on top.
“We knew it was going to be a bit wet today, but we still wanted to crack in and get the win,” Scott said.
“We knew we had to come in and hard and beat them around the ball to come away with the win.”
Melbourne’s defence held up well in testing conditions, conceding just two scores for the game, but that all stemmed from the centre of the ground.
“Full credit to [the backline] … but I think our mids really cracked in hard and that really helped the backs out,” Scott said.
“There wasn’t too much pressure on them this week.”
It was a battle for territory with the slippery ball, and the Dees were always in the box seat on the back of a major inside 50 discrepancy (34 to 15).
Despite converting just four majors from 12 scores, Melbourne looked dangerous for much of the night, with Scott’s presence inside 50 playing a key part in the victory.
“Pete (Mercoulia – assistant coach) sort of got us set in our roles and last week he sort of gave me a bit of a rev up on links,” Scott said.
“So this week I was trying to do a bit better of a job and get up the ground a little bit more and provide a few more opportunities.”
The 31-year-old did just that with an equal game-high 16 disposals and six marks in difficult circumstances.
Scott was a standout for her side and will be looking to carry this momentum into next week’s clash with St Kilda, as the Dees take to the Friday night stage once again.