Gawn's tribute to Daniher, late Demons icons

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Melbourne skipper Max Gawn took clip aft the Demons' historic expansive last triumph implicit the Bulldogs to wage tribute to a fig of precocious iconic figures of the club.

The Demons contiguous broke a 57-year premiership drought with a thumping 74-point triumph implicit the Bulldogs astatine Perth's Optus Stadium with a stunning second-half showing.

After the win, Gawn made peculiar mentions of erstwhile players Troy Broadbridge, Jim Stynes and Colin Sylvia, arsenic good arsenic erstwhile Demons manager Dean Bailey, who person each passed distant successful caller times.

The Melbourne skipper besides revealed helium took inspiration from Demons and AFL icon Neale Daniher, the co-founder of Fight MND, for his pre-match rev-up.

Max Gawn of the Demons celebrates during the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final lucifer betwixt the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs astatine Optus Stadium connected September 25, 2021 successful Perth, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images) (Getty)

"We've had a batch of calamity that's followed the club. Especially since I've been there," Gawn said.

"Troy Broadbridge, Dean Bailey, who drafted me, Colin Sylvia — his parents reached retired to maine — and Neale Daniher, who is going done 1 almighty combat with MND.

"His (Daniher) poster was up connected the partition earlier the game. He's got a large punctuation — 'You tin speech arsenic overmuch arsenic you want, it's astir doing'.

"That was my code earlier the game, quoted his celebrated comment.

"He lives with us. He is inactive going strong. It is simply a shame helium wasn't present tonight.

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"The Daniher family, Stynes family, it is precise good documented my transportation with the Stynes family.

"They're peculiar radical that marque this nine special."

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