Lynden Dunn says Melbourne’s players don’t feel there is an Etihad Stadium hoodoo despite an 18-game and seven year losing streak there.
Paul Roos famously ended the Swans’ 72-year wait for a premiership, and his task his weekend is to end another hoodoo for his new club Melbourne.
The Demons haven’t won in 18 matches at Etihad Stadium and eye a meeting with Brisbane on Sunday as a perfect time to end that streak.
Defender Lynden Dunn is one of just four Demons to remain from their last win at Etihad, and said the group loved playing at the Docklands AFL venue.
“It’s been spoken about a fair bit in the past, our Etihad hoodoo,” Dunn said.
“But we have won games in the NAB Cup, against Richmond and Collingwood, in the past.”
Dunn said there would be no tinkering of the game style from the MCG to the undercover venue.
“We won interstate this year at Adelaide Oval and we almost beat Port last week as well.. we don’t worry about the ground, it’s more about the process,” he said.
“Any time, any place, that’s the way we think about footy.”
Melbourne is an unrecognisable outfit from their last side to win there, in 2007 against Western Bulldogs.
Just Dunn, James Frawley, Mark Jamar and Nathan Jones remain from the side coached by Mark Riley after long-serving mentor Neale Daniher’s resignation.
That win saw Melbourne narrowly avoid the wooden spoon, a fate Dunn is equally keen to dodge this year.
“No one wants to finish last,” he said.
“Four wins is not good enough and we really want to finish the year strong with a few more wins on the board.”
Brisbane and Melbourne are tied up in a four-way race for last place, joined by St Kilda and GWS Giants.
Dunn said he hoped his good mate and fellow defender Frawley would sign on to stay at the Demons next year, believing the 25-year-old had not made up his mind about his future plans.