Jack Grimes of the Melbourne Demons said being dropped from the senior squad for the first few games of the 2015 season was actually good for him as he realized he needed to improve to become a regular player in the AFL. The former co-captain of the Demons spent the first two weeks of the current campaign with the Casey, Melbourne’s affiliate club in the VFL. Grimes added that the experience was a wakeup call for him and he credits the Demon’s coaching staff with helping him improve. While the Demons may not feature in the game, don’t forget to make a CrownBet AFL Grand Final wager this season.
Grimes found himself back in the senior squad for the Demons’ fifth-round clash against the league-leading Fremantle Dockers, but was dropped again in the sixth round in a showdown against the Sydney Swans. The season took another twist for the worse when Grimes broke his thumb in the 11th round. However, Melbourne brought him back from the VFL for their round 17 loss to the St Kilda Saints on July 26th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Before making your picks for a CrownBet AFL Grand Final bet, don’t forget to look over the latest odds and markets.
The 26-year-old Grimes recently spoke with AFL.com.au about the 2015 season and remarked,
It hit pretty hard, especially for the round one game against Gold Coast. Everyone wants to play round one and it was a bit of a shock to the system. I do feel like it was a wakeup call and something I needed though.
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Melbourne’s coaching staff told Grimes he needed to be more accountable on his opponents during games and too be bolder when possessing the ball. Grimes was far better in both of those departments against the Saints, but his side was still beaten by 37 points. The Demon, who is under contract until the end of the 2016 season, easily had his best game of the past few years against St Kilda with 18 handball receives and a season-best 28 disposals. Fans and punters should make sure they take advantage of a CrownBet AFL Grand Final wager before the year’s biggest footy game.
Grimes knows he can’t rest on his laurels though after one good game because things can change quite quickly in professional sports. He added,
For me personally I need to keep on edge and keep making sure I’m doing all the right things to keep my spot because there’s still a lot of guys playing well in the VFL.
Grimes said he was happy with his individual performance, but was disappointed the Demons committed some fundamental mistakes against the Saints and it cost them. Remember to back your team with a CrownBet AFL Grand Final in 2015.