Monday, 11 April 2005

Neitz: "Calm the f*ck down"

But I simply can't help getting excited...

Memories of Melbourne's poor finish to 2004 have ensured the Demons will not be getting carried away with their unbeaten start to the season, skipper David Neitz said on Monday morning.

The Demons were on top of the ladder after round 18 last season but lost their last five matches of the season - including the elimination final defeat to Essendon.

A buoyant Neitz, who became just the fifth Demon to reach the 250-game milestone on Friday night, said there was no need for coach Neale Daniher to tell them to keep a lid on things because the players were aware of their disappointing finish to 2004.

"I don't think he needs to say much. I think after round 18 last year, we know that you can reach the top and then fall away pretty quickly," Neitz said after training at the Junction Oval.

"So I think we're pretty well grounded and got that experience behind us to be able to just take it on board and sort of see it for what it is at the moment, three games in, and just get on with it."

The 30-year-old said the Demons' quick ball movement and aggression at the contest were both factors to their good start to the season.

"I think our aggression at winning the footy has been really good and our aggression towards running and really running hard has been fantastic as well," Neitz said.

"I think probably it's an area where so far we've improved but as we know last year, we got to round 18 and things were going well and we fell away. I suppose that's our challenge just to keep things moving along and keep playing that style of footy."

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