Robinsons say Demons
Dylan’s opinion: “The Dees have got a great team balance at the moment. I think the game will be won or lost in the midfield which is a strength of both teams. If Melbourne can at least break even in this part of the ground, then I think they are a good chance. Melbourne by 23.”
Sean: “If the Dees are able to maintain pressure around the football and slow the Bulldogs’ spread, they should he hard to beat. Melbourne by 16.”
Dylan and Sean have barracked for Melbourne as early as they could remember, saying: “Dad had us brainwashed with Gary Lyon highlight reels from a very young age.”
Football commitments have prevented the twins seeing Melbourne in action but the 33-year-olds haven’t missed very many replays at all on TV.
Sean with 267 senior games and Dylan on 261 games have played the most games with the Lions in the Murray league. They believe there would be some players of yesteryear who have more games with Mulwala.
Both are unsure as to whether to don the boots again for season 2022. This year, Dylan strained his hamstring during a Covid lockdown phase of some five weeks so only missed one week of football. He played 10 senior games and one reserves match.
Sean struggled throughout the year with injury, playing four games in the seniors and five in the reserves.
“Not sure at this stage. Will see how the golf game goes over summer!” was Dylan’s thoughts on playing in 2022.
“Undecided at the moment. Leaning towards not, at the minute,” was Sean’s reply.
The twins have won five best and fairest club awards between them and Dylan is a Barooga Sports Club Player of the Year.
Dylan doesn’t have a preferred position on the field but admitted: “I do like being in and around the action. You miss that a little bit when your stationed deep back or forward.”
Over his career, Sean has played most positions on the ground, however, said: “I enjoyed playing midfield the most. I liked being around the ball and not spectating from either end.” Biggest career highlight for Sean was representing NSW Country. Dylan said his highlights were getting to play in some great teams over the time and playing in the Easter game with a big crowd every year is a lot of fun.
Some particularly funny times were experienced by the Robinsons, with Sean acknowledging “ten years of Chris O’Neil’s training masterclasses” and Dylan’s “Zeke Flanigan’s stinging yearly player reviews were always a highlight”.
Both said being heckled by supporters, opponents and teammates for being redheads during games was always a talking point.
Dylan works as a community facilities and recreation officer with Moira Shire Council. Sean is a technical officer with Australian Munitions in Mulwala.
Their dad, Tony and Mum Jan, are also keen Demon supporters and are also hoping to celebrate this Saturday night.
Keen Melbourne supporters, twins Dylan and Sean Robinson, have played 528 senior games of football with Mulwala and believe the Demons will triumph in this Saturday’s 2021 AFL grand final.