James’ week to remember
After 57 years since their last grand final win and 21 years since their last grand final appearance, many are hoping for a Demons premiership, but the current side are trying to treat the week like the lead up to any other game.
“We’ve been having a pretty good week. We are allowed out a bit more than when we first got over here so we can do whatever now, go to the beach or a café,” James told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“Personally, I’m feeling good, very excited but pretty nervy as you would be but it’s a very exciting time for the club.
“Everyone’s pretty up and about. We had a solid season on Saturday and now it’s just a normal week and we are just trying to treat it like another week.
“Obviously it’s bigger than that but it’s another game of footy at the end of the day.
“Everyone is fit and firing and just excited to get out there. The Bulldogs are a really good side and it’s going to be a really good contest. We’re up for it.”
As many grand final sides do to not let the pressure and excitement of the week get too much, Melbourne has followed their usual schedule with training most days and afternoons off to prepare.
“We have Thursday off. Normally we have two days off a week with the main sesh (session) on a Wednesday but today (Monday) we had most of the afternoon and Tuesday we have most of the afternoon off and then Friday we’ll just have the captains run with the afternoon off to prepare for the game,” James said.
“Absolutely the team is fit and ready to go. We’ve had the week off now so I think everyone is just really excited to get out there and hopefully bring home that cup.”
In the Preliminary Final against Geelong James was listed as a medical sub, a spot in the side he has held throughout the finals. He came on at the 31-minute mark of the third quarter of the Demons whopping 83-point win after key backman Steven May was subbed out of the game due to injury. James collected nine disposals, seven kicks, two handballs, three marks and two tackles while he was on. Steven May is expected to play this weekend but hopefully for James the Demons will go in with an unchanged line-up.
Although not able to play at the home of Aussie Rules Football, the MCG, Melbourne has still received immense support over in the west.
“We had an open session last Friday and there were heaps of fans that got down and were nice and loud which was good,” James said.
“The prelim was awesome. We probably had a majority of the fans on our side which was great but they’ve been awesome and its been good to see the red and blue over here.
“It was good fun for me getting to have a run around too.”
Throughout the year and especially in the last 10 days, James has been receiving several messages of support from a number of Yarrawonga locals, something he is very grateful for.
“My closest mates are still in Yarra and hopefully I’ll get back and be able to see them in the offseason, but I talk to most of them
In just a few short days Yarrawonga’s own James Jordon will have the experience of a lifetime, being a part of an AFL Grand final as his Melbourne Demons take on the Western Bulldogs.
every day; they’re awesome for me,” James said.
“Especially if I want to take my mind off footy, I just have a chat with them.
“I’ve also been getting a few texts here and there wishing us well which has been nice. It’s nice to see everyone jumping on the Dees at the moment.
“Thanks for all the support and like I said I hope to get back in the off season and hopefully we can bring the cup home to Melbourne for all the Demons supporters.”
As well as gearing up for the big dance, with the club staying at the Joondalup Resort which is home to one of the country’s premier golf courses, the boys have been spending much of their spare time on the picturesque course.
“It’s a pretty nice course, I haven’t played yet but since we’ve been out of quarantine a lot of the boys that are right into their golf have been out there nonstop. It’s a really nice course,” James said.
Back home in Yarrawonga, as any parent would be, James’ mum Prue is both very excited and very nervous for what will come over the next few days.
“Grand Final week is always a great week but this year we are feeling the excitement more than ever. It is going to be a great game,” Prue said.
“John and I will be watching from home but the support from Yarrawonga has been great with so many people passing on good luck to James and the Demons.
“Here’s hoping Melbourne can win as it is a privilege to be involved with this great club.”