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Viney considering coaching Demons

By Guy Hand 28/08/2011 06:46:38 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne caretaker coach Todd Viney has softened his opposition to taking on the fulltime job after guiding the Demons to the first victory of his AFL coaching career.

Viney's first win in four matches - a 30-point triumph over Gold Coast at the MCG on Sunday - was low-key, not entirely convincing, and didn't really herald any great turning point for a Dees side still with plenty of work to do.

But it may be a turning point for Viney, who admitted he now understood why and how deep the AFL coaching bug bites.

While certainly not declaring he wanted the job, Viney admitted he would now consider whether to put his hand up to coach the Demons fulltime after their final match of the season against Port Adelaide next weekend.

"I'm enjoying the challenge, it's been really good," said Viney, who had said 24 hours after being elevated from club development coach to replace sacked Dean Bailey, he wasn't interested in taking on the role permanently.

"You can see how you get the taste of it (AFL coaching). I'm looking forward to next week, then I'll sit back and review it at the end of that period."

The Demons' 17.10 (112) to 12.10 (82) win came at a cost, with forward Liam Jurrah injuring his shoulder and perhaps ending his season.

Jurrah fell heavily in a third quarter marking contest, was substituted soon afterwards, and returned to the bench with his arm in a sling.

Viney said the Demons would know more about the injury in the next couple of days.

As Jurrah left the ground, having booted three goals, his teammates were producing their best football of the match.

Struggling in the second quarter and leading by just six points at halftime thanks to skipper Brad Green's first of four goals for the match, the Demons responded in the third term.

They booted six goals to one - Green kicking two as the Suns stopped to a walk and the Demons took a 35-point lead to the final change.

But a brilliant goal to Nathan Ablett - set up by brother Gary winning the ball, running, then handballing to Nathan in a vacant goal square - gave Gold Coast a glimmer of hope to start the final term.

They cut the margin to 17 points early in the quarter with quick goals to the excellent Michael Rischitelli, Luke Russell and Rory Thompson.

Green took a mark and kicked a goal for a steadier, before Russell booted a second to cut the margin to 16 points.

Despite some nervous moments, Melbourne were able to hang on to break their five-match losing streak.

For Gold Coast, it continued their steep learning curve - with 12 players never having set foot on the MCG until Sunday's match.

Coach Guy McKenna believed that may have been responsible for his side's nerves at times.

"We brought the boys here yesterday to see Hawthorn (play the Western Bulldogs) and they'll only get better from this," McKenna said.

Defenders Colin Garland and Sam Blease were excellent for the Dees, while midfielder Rischitelli gathered 30 possessions and booted two goals for the Suns.

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