Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Demonbracket 2019 preview

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Tuesday 1 January 2019

Demonbracket VIII playing field and format confirmed


The Demonbracket organising committee is pleased to confirm the field and format for the eighth running of this prestigious tournament. The names of the 45 entrants, and the numbers they will take into the draw are listed below.

Demonbracket VIII features six of the seven previous winners, including defending champion Neville Jetta, plus Tom McDonald (2013), Nathan Jones (2014/15), Jack Viney (2016) and Max Gawn (2017). The tournament commences on Monday 28 January, with the draw conducted live on Twitter @demonblog on the evening of Friday 25 January.


There are minor alterations to the format of previous years, with the preliminary round now only containing new draftees and category B rookies. The committee opted for this model after a lengthy consultation process and a trial in the VFL. It is believed matches in Round 1 and beyond will now be more competitive. To assist with this change, the top three seeds will now receive a bye into Round 3, adding a further incentive for players to win the Bracket or finish in the top two of the next season's best and fairest.

The tournament commences with Preliminary Round matches at 07:00 on Monday 28 January. The full match schedule (voting open from 07:00 to 19:00 AEDT) is:

Monday 28 January - Preliminary Round, part 1
Tuesday 29 January (13:00 session) - Preliminary Round, part 2
Wednesday 30 January - Round 1, part 1
Thursday 31 January - Round 1, part 2
Friday 1 February - Round 1, part 3
Monday 4 February - Round 2, part 1
Tuesday 5 February - Round 2 , part 2
Wednesday 6 February - Round 2, part 3
Thursday 7 February - Round 3, part 1
Friday 8 February - Round 3, part 2
Monday 11 February - Quarter Final day
Tuesday 12 February - Semi Final day
Wednesday 13 February - Grand Final day

Seeds (1-3 enter at Round 3, 4-8 enter at Round 2)
1. Neville Jetta
2. Max Gawn
3. Clayton Oliver
4. James Harmes
5. Nathan Jones
6. Tom McDonald
7. Angus Brayshaw
8. Jake Melksham

Enter at Round 2
9. Jack Viney
10. Jeff Garlett
11. Christian Salem
12. Christian Petracca
13. Oscar McDonald
14. Alex Neal-Bullen
15. Sam Frost
16. Jayden Hunt
17. Jordan Lewis
18. Michael Hibberd
19. Billy Stretch

Enter at Round 1
20. Aaron vandenBerg
21. Mitch Hannan
22. Jay Kennedy-Harris
23. Josh Wagner
24. Bayley Fritsch
25. Sam Weideman
26. Charlie Spargo
27. Jake Lever
28. Joel Smith 
29. Tim Smith
30. Corey Maynard
31. Harrison Petty
32. Declan Keilty
33. Oskar Baker
34. Braydon Preuss
35. Steven May
36. Kade Kolodjashnij

Enter in Preliminary Round
37. Austin Bradtke
38. Guy Walker
39. Tom Sparrow
40. James Jordon
41. Aaron Nietschke
42. Marty Hore
43. Toby Bedford
44. Corey Wagner
45. Kade Chandler

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